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Must see waterfall

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Kanchenjunga Falls

Ankush Sunkale
12th May 17

Rock garden

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Sewaro Rock Garden

Bipin vaidya Vaidya
26th Mar 18

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Reasons to go to Pelling

1Darjeeling to Pelling
Darjeeling to Pelling

HolidayIQ Traveller Satyendra Dwivedi shares, “We drove from Darjeeling to Pelling by Innova. Even though it was big vehicle, we had bumpy ride. From Darjeeling we went to Namchi first via Jorethang. From Namchi via Ravangla, we reached Pelling. Our purpose was to cover south sikkim while going to Pelling. On the way we saw tea gardens, river, old bridges, colorful villages. When we left Namchi, it started raining. On the way to Ravangla we had fantastic experience of clouds. Clouds were everywhere.”

Approximate Distance – 73 km

Estimated Driving Time – 2 hours

Pit Stop –  Stop by the little village bazaars and sip a cup of locally-brewed tea.

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2For a groupfie with Kanchenjunga
For a groupfie with Kanchenjunga

HolidayIQ Reviewer Biswajit Payra adds, “Devastatingly beautiful It is one of the waterfalls you will see during your Pelling visit. The speciality of this is its furious flow. The water coming directly from Kanchenjunga rushing downward and creating a devastatingly beautiful scenery- redefining the nature!

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3Waterfall crossing at Kanchejunga Falls, Pelling
Waterfall crossing at Kanchejunga Falls, Pelling

The Kanchenjunga Falls is a perennial waterfall in the Himalayas just outside the mysterious Kanchenjunga National Park and takes about an hour to reach from Pelling. HolidayIQ reviewer Nitin says, "Nice place at such high altitude. It also offers water games like crossing the falls from one end to another by ropeway. Falls are from huge heights." Sandeep, HolidayIQ reviewer adds, "A ropeway has been erected at a height across the stream where one can enjoy the adventure of crossing the stream hanging from a harness."

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4Lively life of the hill stations!
Lively life of the hill stations!

HolidayIQ reviewer Ajesh says, "Excellent view of Kanchenjunga. On the way to Pelling see the Buddha Park. Life history of Buddha in paintings!"

Debashish lists out must-visit places, "The city sightseeing includes the Rabdantse (the ruins of the old royal palace). The way is through a jungle where you may feel a touch of adventure. Besides, there are a few waterfalls around Pelling, the most fascinating of them is Kanchanjungha falls. Change falls is very famous too. Never forget to visit Pemiyangste monastery, clove plantation, hellipad and Khechiperi Lake."

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5Kanchenjunga - 28,169 feet
Kanchenjunga - 28,169 feet

Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in India. Kanchenjunga stands at an elevation of 8,586 meters (28,169 ft).  HolidayIQ Traveller Shamili Sur shares, "Pelling is such a place from where you see Mt. Kanchenjunga very closely and from any part of the town. This town is divided into three parts - upper, middle, lower. It is a nice and clean, small hilly town. There are several sightseeing one can visit from Pelling. All those are excellent along with the great Kanchenjunga."

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Reviews (135)

Gaurav seth

Gaurav seth3.6/5

4 reviews

Pelling very peaceful hill station. Good sight seeing destinations.

Only the travellers who are having great patience and a pocket to spend more without getting excellent facilities should think to stay at this very beautiful peaceful small hill station. The roads leading to this station are in very bad shape. Frequent long jams due to ongoing slow construction. Only one good restaurant for north and south indians.

Shouvik choudhury

Shouvik choudhury5.0/5

51 reviews

Priceless views of mountain, falls, Monastery

Best place to view Mt Kanchenjunga from rooms itself. Mesmerizing mountain range seeming so close. Little hill station with plenty hotels. Better to stay at upper Pelling. 360 degree view from helipad ground. Nice city tour. Two beautiful waterfalls- rimbi, Kanchenjunga. Innumerable unknown ones too. Historical rabdentse ruins, yuksom. Pristine pemayangtse monastery. Holy khecheopalri lake. High hanging singshore bridge. And breathtaking hills and valleys. Perfect for adventure and relaxing holiday.

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  • Priceless views of mountain, falls, Monastery
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Pelling Overview

Pelling is a picturesque town located in the district of West Sikkim. The town is at a distance of about 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing.

History of Pelling

Pelling has had an interesting history. It is said that it was the first capital of Sikkim. It is also believed that the Chogyal dynasty lived and ruled here. It is famous for its view of the snow-capped peaks of the Kanchenjunga. Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft, it offers a great view of the complete mountain ranges like the Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Dom, Kanchenjunga and others. The great Himalayan ranges and the Kanchenjunga can be sighted at close quarters from Pelling. Pelling also serves as the base camp for treks in West Sikkim.

People & Culture of SikkimPelling and its surrounding areas are home to many tribes and communities such as Bhutias, Lepchas, Tamangs, Limboos and Marwaris among others. These people have contributed to the diversity of Pelling; its food and its culture. They are involved in cattle farming, agriculture to being businessman and owning small shops in the main markets of Sikkim. The town also has a spiritual feel to it as it is home to many Buddhist monasteries. Most of the local inhabitants of Pelling are Buddhists and speak the local Sikkimese language. The other languages spoken here are Nepali, Hindi, and English.

Things to do in PellingPlaces to visit in and around Pelling include the local monastery, the rock garden and waterfall near Rimbi, the double-pronged Kanchenjunga Falls, Singshore Bridge, Changey Waterfalls and Khecheopalri / Khechuperi Lake, which is considered sacred by Buddhists.

The Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Sikkim. Pemayangtse literally translates to 'Perfect Sublime Lotus'. On the third floor of the monastery, there is a seven-tiered painted wooden model of the abode of Guru Rimpoche. In January or February every year, a religious dance called 'Cham' is performed in Pemayangtse. Another attraction of Pelling is Sangachoeling Monastery, which is located on the top of the mountain behind the town. Khecheopalri Lake is considered as one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim. The lake is actually hidden in the forest. There is a belief that birds prevent leaves from floating on the lake surface.

Another place to visit in Pelling is the Rabdengtse Ruins that are hidden from the main road and are at a walking distance from Pelling and the Pemayangtse Monastery. Also, the Sangay Waterfalls are about 10 km from Pelling. However, with the invasion of tourists, the area is going through a transformation, with the roads being refurbished and new hotels coming up.

Food & Shopping in PellingPelling offers the usual food delights such as thukpa and steaming momos. The town has a few restaurants and street stalls that serve these delicacies. As for shopping, Pelling has a few options. Tourists can buy handicrafts made by the local tribes such as tribal jewellery, woolen garments and bamboo products. Travellers can also try the locally made drink called tongba which is made from whole grain millet.

Travelling to PellingDue to its beneficial location, many hotels and lodges are situated in and around Pelling offering a range of accommodation options. Tourists can reach Pelling from Gangtok, which is 115 km away. Pelling is 135 km from Siliguri, the nearest rail connection. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport near Darjeeling. Pelling has a designated helipad area though there is no actual or regular air service. Helicopters connect Pelling with Gangtok on request. Shared jeeps are available regularly from Gyalshing. There are also frequent services to Gangtok via Ravangla and one jeep daily to Siliguri. Buses are also available from Siliguri via Jorethang.
Travelling within Pelling

Travelling within PellingThe best way to explore Pelling is on foot. Tourists can also hike or trek their way up to discover attractions like local monasteries. The government tourism office in Pelling also organises guides for nature walks across Pelling.

Accommodation options in PellingHotel options in Pelling are aplenty. Upper Pelling has a number of budget hotels while other areas have a few luxury accommodation options. Resorts located near popular monasteries like Pemayangste and Dubdi can be contacted directly or by signing up for holiday packages in Pelling.

Pelling can be visited throughout the year apart from the rainy season, i.e. from mid June to August. An umbrella is anytime handy though. The monsoon season which starts from June experiences heavy rainfall. Summers, from March to May, are pleasant with the maximum temperature remaining well within 30⁰ Celsius. However, temperatures fall at night making it essential to carry a light jacket or sweater. Winters can see the temperatures drop to as low as -5⁰ Celsius with the maximum daytime temperature not going beyond 10⁰ Celsius.

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