Pelling is a beautiful hill town in the district of West Sikkim, India. Pelling is nestled at an altitude of 2,150 m (7,200 feet). The town is located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing and 131 km from capital Gangtok. It was a small village till 20 years ago with beautiful views of the Kanchenjunga Range and some very beautiful lakes and waterfalls, but with the influx of tourists, the region has undergone metamorphosis, with the roads being repaired and hotels being set up, and now is a thriving tourist town with all modern facilities.
The Himalayas and the Kanchenjunga Range can be viewed at close quarters from Pelling. The land around Pelling is still a virgin territory and is bathed with alpine vegetation, with numerous waterfalls lining the hillside. In the months of winter, Pelling is sometimes covered with a blanket of snow.
Pelling is 115 km from the state capital Gangtok and about 135 km from Siliguri, the nearest railhead and airport. Regular jeeps connect Pelling to the towns of Jorethang, Kalimpong and Namchi. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport.
Places to visit in and around Pelling include the local monasteries, rock garden, waterfalls, the holy rock of Rani Dhunga, the imposing double-pronged Kanchenjungha Falls, the archaic quaint Singshore Bridge, the Changey Waterfalls, and the Khecheopalri Lake holy to Buddhists. Rabdentse Palace Ruins, Pemayangtse Monastery, Darap Village, Rimbi Waterfall, Sewaro Rock Garden,
Kanchenjunga Falls, Changey Waterfall, Sanga Choeling Monastery, Pelling Sky Walk and Chenrezig Statue.
Other locations close to Pelling are Yuksom, Rinchenpong, Dzongri and Hee Burmiok.
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Khecheopalri Lake, is a lake located near Khecheopalri village, Located 34 kilometres to the northwest of Pelling town, the lake is sacred for both Buddhists and Hindus, and is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake. An interesting feature of the lake is that leaves are not allowed to float on the lake, which is ensured by the birds which industriously pick them up as soon as they drop into the lake surface.
Rabdentse is the 16th former capital of Sikkim and now lies in ruins. It was destroyed after the Nepalese invasion in the 18th century. Located close to the Pemayangtse Monastery, the ruins offer superb views of the Kanchenjunga Range.
The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Pemayangtse, near Pelling in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, located 110 km west of Gangtok. Designed and founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1647, it is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim, also the most famous in Sikkim.
The Sanga Choeling Monastery established in the 17th century, is one of the oldest monasteries in the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim. The monastery is located on a ridge top above Pelling at a distance of 7 kilometres from Pemayangtse Monastery and is accessed by walking the steep hilly track of 4 kilometres, which traverses through rich forest cover.
Tashiding Monastery is a Buddhist monastery is the most sacred and holiest monasteries in Sikkim. It is located on top of the hill rising between the Rathong chu and the Rangeet River, 40 kilometres from Gezing and 19 kilometres to the south east of Yuksam. Tashiding is the nearest town to the Tashiding Monastery (Gompa).
The Singshore suspension bridge is the highest bridge in the state and the second-highest in Asia. This architectural marvel, with a length of approximately 200 m, can be reached easily from Pelling, which is 25 km away. The bridge offers a spectacular view of picturesque surroundings.
Kanchenjunga Falls is a perennial waterfall situated around an hour drive from Pelling. It cascade down from a height of 100 feet into a pool.
Pelling Skywalk is nestled at an altitude of 7,200 feet above the sea level along with the fourth tallest statue of Chenrezig. The Skywalk was inaugurated in November 2018 and since then it has flourished to become one of the famous tourist attractions in Sikkim.
A small village located just 8 km from Pelling on the way to Khecheopelri and Yuksam. The area is mainly inhabited by the Limboo Community and other small communities like the Bhutias, Chettris, Tamangs, Rais, Gurungs and Lepchas live in harmony. The landscape is gently sloped unlike any other locations in the west of Sikkim. Because of its close proximity to Pelling, Darap has now become a potential destination for Village tourism.
Reach Pelling By Air
The nearest airport from Pelling is Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal which is around 160 kilometers from it. This airport offers regular flights to and from several major cities of India such as Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata. From the airport, you can travel to Pelling in a private taxi. Shared taxis are also available. Pelling is located 131 km from Gangtok and the most convenient way to reach Pelling is to first come to Gangtok and then from there drive down to Pelling. Gangtok is the nearest town of Sikkim from Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal, around 125 km. Pakyong Airport, which will directly connect Sikkim state with the major cities of India once it’s fully operational. The airport is located in Pakyong village which is around 35 km from south of Gangtok. It is the first airport of Sikkim located at an altitude of 4,590 ft and is one of the highest altitude airports in India.
Reach Pelling By Train
The nearest railway station to Pelling is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in Siliguri, West Bengal. It is around 136 km from Pelling. The railway station is well connected to major cities of India such as Kolkata, Mumbai, and Delhi. Private taxis are available at the airport. For shared taxis, head to Siliguri which is 6 kilometers away. Pelling is located 131 km from Gangtok and the most convenient way to reach Pelling is to first come to Gangtok and then from there drive down to Pelling.
Reach Pelling By Road
All the major cities and towns in the Sikkim & Darjeeling region are easily connected to Pelling by road. Pelling is well connected with cities like Darjeeling, Siliguri, and Gangtok. The road from Siliguri to Pelling is quite steep and hence it would be better if you hire a private taxi rather than using a public transport like a bus. Shared taxis are also available
Is Pelling worth visiting?
Pelling is a destination which is full of natural wonders as well as history and mysticism. If you are looking for shopping and nightlife unfortunately Pelling will disappoint you. A grand view of the Kanchenjunga Range welcomes you to Pelling. Kanchenjunga falls, Khecheopalri lake (holy lake), and and the green scenic hills are very unique to Pelling. Do visit Rabdentse ruins, Sangacholing Monastery, Pemayangste Gompa, Singsore Bridge and of course the latest Pelling Skywalk.
What is the best time to visit Pelling?
Pelling is visited by tourist throughout the year other than Monsoon. Winter season and the onset of summers is the most favorable time to travel to Pelling. Temperature is always pleasant and the attractions are enjoyable all year round.
Why is Pelling famous?
It is a popular destination thanks to its natural scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. From exploring natural wonders like lakes and waterfalls, visit the ancient monasteries, unveiling the secrets of historical ruins, there are lot of things to do in Pelling.
How do I get to Pelling?
By Air. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, 160 kilometers away. Gangtok is about 115 Kms.
By Train. The New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Station is the closest railhead at a distance of 152 kilometers from Pelling.
Road/Self Drive. Pelling is easily accessible by all weather roads.
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