Pelling is a picturesque town in west Sikkim. Famous for its unparallel natural beauty it is the second most important tourist destination in Sikkim after Gangtok. Pelling offers a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga which is the third highest peak in the world. Apart from Kanchenjunga, Pelling offers a panoramic view of the surrounding Himalayan ranges including Mt Pandim, Kabru, Siniolchu, Koktang, Rathang, Kabru dome etc. Situated at a height of 7000 ft It is an ideal destination to spend some days in the lap of nature.
Pelling is well connected with NJP and Bagdogra Airport and other important tourist destinations of Sikkim and Bengal. The distance between Pelling and NJP is 130 km and Bagdogra is 135 km away. The distance from Gangtok is 130 km and from Darjeeling is just 105 km.
Khecheopalri Lake - Tour of Pelling is incomplete without a visit to this lake. Situated less than 30 km from Pelling this lake is considered as very sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. The word Khecheopalri means ’Mountain of blissful heaven’. Situated in the midst of a dense forest and in spite of being surrounded by a number of trees no leaf could be found afloat in the lake. Local people believe that if any leaf falls into the lake, birds come and immediately pick it up. This lake is also called wish lake as it is believed that prayers made here are likely to come true. The lake was recognized as the abode of ‘Tshomen Gyalmo’ or chief protective nymph of Dharma as blessed by Goddess Tara. From a distance, the lake looks like the shape of a footprint and the locals believe it is the footprint of Goddess Tara.
Pemayangtse Monastery – One of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. The word Pemayangtse means ’perfect sublime lotus’. The Monastery is within walking distance from Pelling. Set in the midst of tranquil Himalaya it is an ideal place for relaxation and meditation. The view of the surrounding range of the mountains from this place is astounding. Being one of the most important pilgrim places of Sikkim this draws a crowd throughout the year. Built in the year 1705 this monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect. The three-storied monastery is well decorated and is an example of architectural brilliance of Sikkim. The place has several statues including Guru Padmasambhava and idols and scriptures, manuscripts and wall paintings. Every year in the month of January / February witness cham (religious dance) here.
Rabdentse Ruins - Until the year 1814 this was the second capital of erstwhile Kingdom of Sikkim. The ruins of Rabdentse tells the story of the glorious past of Sikkim. After the Nepalese invasion the complex comprising the monastery and palace was destroyed and now its ruins remain. The place is within walking distance from the pemayangtse monastery and the town of Pelling. Apart from being a site of great historical and archaeological value, Rabdantse offers a majestic view of Kanchenjunga, surrounding valleys and the river flowing through the foothills.
Darap Village - It is just a distance of 7-8 km from the town of Pelling. The word Darap is originated from a Limbo word which means plan land. As the name suggests the village and surrounding areas is mainly inhabited by the Limbo community. But a small population of other communities also live there. The village is beautifully set at the backdrop of Himalaya. One can visit the 200-year-old traditional Limbo house in the village.
Rimbi Waterfalls - One of the most scenic waterfalls in Pelling and one of the popular tourist destinations here. Rimbi waterfalls are around 12 km from the town. This waterfall is naturally formed over the rimbi river.
Kanchenjunga Waterfalls - Approximately 25km from Pelling and because of its stunning view and liveliness a very popular among locals and tourists. This breathtaking fall is formed by the different streams which are originated due to the melting glaciers of the Kanchenjunga.
Pelling Helipad – It is a large open place which is used as a helipad and the place provides an opportunity for the tourists to view the Kanchenjunga and other peaks.
Sanga Choeling Monastery - Situated at the top of the mountain it is 3 km from the town of Pelling. This was built in the year 1697 and one of the very oldest monasteries in Sikkim. The road to this monastery is not motorable so one must be prepared to attain a short trek through mountains. The journey would be extremely enjoyable because of the breathtaking view of mountains and valleys and the peaks. The monastery was rebuilt because it was badly damaged by fire.
The summer in Pelling is pleasant and winter is marked by Chilling cold. From mid-June to August has been considered a Rainy season. The average rainfall days in July is 18. The temperature in summer varies from maximum 24 C to minimum 10 C. In winter it varies from a maximum 15 C to lowest 4 C.
Several communities like Lepchas, Bhutias, Limboos and Tamangs etc are leaving here happily. Buddhism is the most prominent religion.