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Hi friends! This is summer time and with temperatures soaring you must be looking to head to cooler climes. Let me ask you, have you been to Sikkim? If yes, have you heard about or visited Pelling? If you have not visited Sikkim then you have certainly missed something but if you have visited Sikkim and have not been to Pelling, then you are plain unlucky. Because you have missed one of the most beautiful natural beauties in India.

Pelling is a small but picturesque hill town in Sikkim in northeast India. Although Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is the most famous place in the state and is thronged by people from all over and gives you all the comforts of city life, Pelling is a calm and serene place looking to welcome you with its unspoiled beauty and tranquility.

Situated at a distance of 131 km from Gangtok, Pelling stands proudly at an altitude of 7200 ft. The district headquarter Ghyalshing is situated 10 km away. The best part about Pelling is that it is still unspoiled by human invasion and the land around it is still virgin. Unlike Gangtok, which is normally full of tourists and travelers, Pelling offers far quieter environment.

Once in Pelling, you will be overawed by the natural beauty spread all around. And the icing on the cake is the view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. You can see many snowclad peaks of this mountain very clearly from here. In fact, you will be able to see the whole Kanchenjunga range from here including peaks like Kumbhkaran, Koktang, Kabru, and Pandim.

They say it is the closest you can get to the Kanchenjunga range. You can get a fairly good view of these peaks even from your hotel room. Such is the location of Pelling.

Pelling also serves as a base for many exciting treks. The land around Pelling consists of Alpine vegetation. There are numerous waterfalls all around the place which enhance its beauty. There is something for everyone in this beautiful place. A slice of history, a dose of spirituality and a paradise of nature is what Pelling is about. Here are a few best places to visit in Pelling.

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1. Pemayangtse Monastery

This is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim and was built in the year 1705. It is a three-storied structure made in Buddhist architectural style. The literal meaning of Pemayangtse is Perfect Sublime Lotus, indicating what you can expect here. Situated at a distance of 2 km from Pelling, it has both historical as well as religious significance.

Pemayangtse Monastery has a rich collection of Buddhist art and sculpture. It is unique in that it has a beautifully carved 3D model depicting space which provides a glimpse of spirituality in Buddhism. The sanctum of the monastery is very peaceful and is an ideal place for meditation and rejuvenation. A visit to Pemayangtse Monastery is a must if you are in Pelling.

places to visit in pelling

2. Sanga Choeling Monastery

Perched on top of a hill, this is another monastery which is said to be one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. It was built in the year 1697. It is another peaceful place to recharge your batteries. It is situated at a distance of 7 km from Pelling and to reach Sanga Choeling Monastery, you will have to undertake a trek of about 4 km. It takes around 40 minutes to complete the trek which is not very difficult.

You will be so enamored by the beauty all around that you won't even know when the trek gets over and you reach Sanga Choeling Monastery. In any case, this trek is easy but the visit is worth it because you will not only get to see this beautiful monastery but at the same time you will get a breathtaking view from the top and will be inspired to click a lot of pictures.

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3. Kanchenjunga Waterfalls

Another beauty in Pelling. These are perennial waterfalls and come down with a thundering noise. The milky white water of the falls makes it a treat for the eyes. The scenic beauty of these waterfalls makes them a must-visit place. Located at a distance of 28 km from Pelling, these waterfalls are active throughout the year.

The thick lush green surroundings of the falls make it an ideal backdrop for clicking pictures. During monsoons, the volume of water in the falls multiplies manifold. There is an entry fee of INR 20 for Kanchenjunga Waterfalls, but it is definitely a place to see.

4. Rimbi Waterfalls

This is one more picturesque spots around Pelling. Rimbi Waterfalls is the oldest one in Sikkim and is adjacent to Rimbi river, which in itself is a stunning beauty. Though Rimbi waterfalls are smaller as compared to other falls in Sikkim, it is considered safe for fun activities and is admired for its scenic surroundings.

It is an ideal spot for family picnics and group tours. There is a small hydropower station built on river Rimbi nearby, you can walk around to see that also. The government of Sikkim has built a rock garden also near Rimbi Waterfalls. This rock garden named Sewaro rock garden consists of pools, gardens and of course rocks. This is another place to visit. Sewaro in local language means namaste or hello.

5. Rabdentse Ruins

Here is a slice of history for you and you can not afford to miss this one. These are the remains of the palace in which the king of Sikkim lived till the year 1814. You can visit Rabdentse ruins while coming down from Pemayangtse Monastery. The ruins are away from the main road and you have to take a detour to reach the gates of the ruins.

Rabdantse served as the capital of Sikkim king. As you walk through the thick forest you will encounter rare varieties of orchids and some small lakes. Once on top, you will get an absolutely stunning view of the valley and Kanchenjunga range. You will also get to see Namphogang which are the ancient stones on which king of Sikkim used to sit. Although the palace is in ruins, it is still well maintained and is bound to hold your interest.

places to visit in pelling

6. Singshore Bridge

Singshore bridge is an engineering marvel and a must-see place in Pelling. This is the highest bridge in Sikkim and is also one of the highest bridges in the whole of Asia. This is an over 240 m long suspension bridge which looks stunning from a distance. But walking on this suspension bridge gives another level of thrill as you travel between two gorges, which are connected by the Singshore bridge.

And add to that the amazing view that you get while standing on the bridge and it becomes absolutely essential to visit this brilliant work of mankind. Singshore bridge is located about 26 km from Pelling but merits a visit to have a first-hand experience of an engineering marvel and to be on the second highest bridge of Asia.

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7. Khecheopalri Lake

If you are looking for some serene surroundings and peaceful time, head straight to Khecheopalri Lake. It is a religiously significant lake for Buddhists and Hindus alike. There is a strong belief here that birds don't let a single leaf fall in the lake water. The scenic lake and its serene waters fill you with spirituality.

It is advisable to maintain peace and silence to respect the sanctity of the place. There is an entry fee of INR 30 for Kheceopalri Lake.

places to visit in pelling

8. Darap Village

When you have visited all the interesting place in and around Pelling and fell exhausted, there is a paradise nearby waiting to welcome you and rejuvenate you. Just 7 km away from Pelling is a beautiful scenic village called Darap. This picturesque village displays the actual Sikkimese culture and life.

Inhabited by Limboo community, Darap is everything Sikkimese to the core. After all the traveling and running around, just come to this village for a laidback and relaxing holiday in the lap of nature. Take a walk in the village, enjoy authentic Sikkimese cuisine, do bird watching or hiking and above all explore the natural beauty spread all around this picturesque village which looks straight out of a picture postcard.

Don't worry about accommodation as there are homestays in Darap village, waiting to welcome you and provide you an insight into the actual Sikkimese life. This will be the best thing that you will do during your visit to Pelling.

How to Reach Pelling?

Sikkim does not have an airport or a railway station of its own so, the best way to reach Pelling is:

By Air - The nearest airport from Pelling is Bagdogra, which is around 140 km away. From here you can hire a taxi or bus to reach the capital city Gangtok.

By Train - The nearest railway station to Pelling is New Jalpaiguri, which is 138 km away. From, here again, you can hire a taxi or get a bus to reach Gangtok.

By Road - Pelling is well connected by road to Gangtok and other cities of Sikkim. From Gangtok, it is advised to hire the preferred mode of transport which is a jeep. It is preferred due to the hilly terrain that leads to Pelling.

Hotels in Pelling

Pelling has options for accommodation for every type of traveler. You can choose hotels as per your budget and preference. Pelling also has a few luxury resorts located in very scenic places. Apart from these, there is an option of exploring Sikkimese culture by opting for an authentic homestay.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head straight to this less explored but very beautiful place called Pelling and make the best use of summer vacations.


Vimal Bhatia, a passionate traveller and keen travel blogger writes about some really stunning but unexplored places. A solo traveller so far, he hopes to find his travelling companion someday, maybe on one of his sojourns. He is already planning his next trip. Suggestions are welcome. Which place you would like him to go to and write about? Mention in the comments.

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  1. Travelling is good for good health Petting is beautiful very naturally mom will like to come here for her summer holiday.. Thanks for sharing this beautiful information

  2. The photos look wonderful, I would love to visit some day. I live in England so I have never been before.

    1. I strongly recommend you must visit our beautiful country.

  3. Sikkim in northeast India looks amazing!! I have only been to Delhi and Mumbai so next trip will be there! :D

  4. Omg that bridge freaks me out!! I am sure once I was up there for a while I may get used to it, but it looks so scary and beautiful at the same time LOL!


  5. Mama Maggie's KitchenJune 10, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Wow! These places are so amazing! Can't wait to go here!

  6. these photos are greatg. looks like a great place to visit


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