Pelling

Overview

Around 10 kms from Gyalshing (District Headquarter), Pelling is today emerging as the second biggest tourist destination in the state after Gangtok. Although in itself it is little more than a strip of road lined with hotels, its main USP is the breathtaking view it offers of the Khangchendzonga and surrounding ranges, as well as the easy access it provides to tourist spots in the area.

Pemayangste monastery is less than a kilometre from Pelling, while a 40 minute walk on the hill opposite the monastery takes you to Sanga Choling monastery built in 1697, one of the first in the state. Pelling’s serene environment and picturesque setting is perfect for nice nature walks and small treks. A destination for all seasons, Pelling has hotels and resorts catering to all budgets.

 

Named after the guardian deity of Sikkim, Khangchendzonga Festival is held at Pelling every year. It offers a host of fun activities like white-water rafting on the Rangit, kayaking, promotional trekking, mountain biking, sightseeing, traditional sports and bird- watching.

The festival also includes Flower exhibitions, traditional crafts and ethnic food and costume stalls. Cultural folk dances and music add colour and sound to the festivities. The festival is aimed at balancing all diverse aspects of the area to produce a holistic package showcasing its potential for tourism.

 

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Attractions and Places to Visit

Khecheopalri Lake

Located at a distance of just 24 Kms from Pemayangtse Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake is situated in the north-west direction of Pelling and is considered as a holy lake by Buddhists as well as Hindus. It is very popular by many names like Kha-Chot-Palri, Wishing Lake and Sho Dzo Sho.

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Pemayangtse Monastery

One of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim, Pemayangtse Monastery is a famous Buddhist monastery. The Monastery was constructed in the 17th century by Lama Lhatsun Chempo. It is believed that at first it was very small in size and soon after the monastery was renovated by Jigme Pawo, the third re-embodiment of Lhatsun Chempo.      

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Khangchendzonga National Park

Situated in the northern district of Sikkim, Khangchendzonga National Park covers an area of 850 square Km. Khangchendzonga National Park is amidst one of the highest national parks of India. It also serves as a shelter to varied animals like barking deer, snow leopards, musk deer, wild asses, Himalayan black bears, Tibetan antelopes, flying squirrels and oaks, birch, fir, willow and maple.

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Singshore Bridge

A famous 198 m suspension bridge, Singshore Bridge is situated at a distance of 5 Kms from Pelling. It was laid by connecting two hills 16 years ago and is the highest bridge of Sikkim and second highest bridge in Asia. The Bridge is located at a distance of 25 Kms from Pemayangtse Monastery.

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Sangachoeling Monastery

Regarded as the second oldest monastery of Sikkim, Sangachoeling Monastery is an awesome place to visit. The Monastery is situated at a distance of 3 Kms from south west of Pelling and was built by Lhatsun Ankh Sigma in the year 1695.

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Rivers and waterfalls

The Kanchenjunga Falls and the Sangay Waterfalls are two good attractions you can visit on relatively freer days. An added advantage is the unspoilt surroundings of these waterfalls.  The beautiful Rimbi River is 12 kilometres away from Pelling close to Darap Village, which falls on the way to Yuksom. It also has a small hydro-electric power plant on it.  While you are here, we also recommend visiting Sewaro Rock Garden to observe beautiful rock formations through which the beautiful Rimbi flows.

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Rabdentse Ruins

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.

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