Pelling: Pristine Natural Beauty | A Complete Travel Guide

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About Pelling

About Pelling

Pelling city is a quiet and quaint community in west of Sikkim, located at 130KM from the capital city of Gangtok and 10KM from its district headquarters in Geyzing.

Sitting at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, the altitude of Pelling rises to 7200ft. Nestled in a beautiful landscape, Pelling is a sensory
extravaganza with so much to see and do, making it the second biggest tourist destination in the state, after Gangtok.

There are no documented or significant historical records of the city. It is believed to be the first/initial capital of Sikkim. Some historical evidences suggest that the region was ruled by the Chogyal dynasty in the 1700s. There is also proof of consecration of the place NorbugangChorten led by three Lama scholars.

In 1697, the Singhore Bridge Monastery was built, which became the oldest monastery in the state. The local folklore surrounding Pelling’s etymology says that the town was founded by a man called Freddie Pelling, from the time of the British empire. He protected and helped the locals from invaders from the north. Thus, Freddie became a local hero and as a thankful gesture, they named the town after them. Even today, there is an annual parade carried around the town to commemorate him.

Why is Pelling a Famous Tourist Attraction?

Why is Pelling a Famous Tourist Attraction

From natural beauty to local culture, there are a host of Pelling attractions for travelers and tourists alike. However, the one and most significant thing that the town is famous for is the inexplicable Kanchenjunga view from Pelling. Sitting at that high altitude, this hill station offers breathtaking and uninterrupted views of the Kanchenjunga and the surrounding Himalayan peaks at very close quarters.

To complement that, the landscape offers endless opportunities for outdoor experiences like mountain biking, rock climbing, village tours, wellness retreats, and more.

Some of the things to see here include (but are not limited to) local monasteries, rock garden, Kanchenjunga Falls, Singshore Bridge, Changey Waterfalls, Khecheopalri Lake, and more such nature hotspots.

Hidden Features about Pelling Hill Station

Apart from the popular places of sightseeing Pelling has a lot of undiscovered beauty. Most parts of the city and its neighbouring areas are still uncharted, dotted with alpine forests and glacial waterfalls, making this destination a paradise on earth for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

Places to Visit in Pelling

Explore these popular tourist places Pelling –

Pemayangtse Monastery

Pemayangtse Monastery
  • How to Reach – The ancient monastery is located at about 9KM from the city center. You can
  • book a local cab to reach.
  • Timings – 9AM-6PM
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Time Required – 1 hour
  • Tips – Visit in January-February to be a part of the local Cham Dance Festival.

Changey Waterfalls

  • How to Reach – The waterfalls are located at 15.7KM from the city center. You can take a local taxi or rent a car to reach the base. From there you have to trek for 20 minutes to the falls.
  • Timings – 8AM-5PM
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Time Required – 1-2 Hours
  • Tips – You can also shop at the local market in Dentam or visit the Buddhist temple at Rani Dhunga

Sewaro Rock Garden

  • How to Reach – The public garden is at about 19KM from the city centre. You can book a taxi or rent a local car to reach.
  • Timings – 10AM-5PM
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Time Required – 1-2 Hours
  • Tips – Visit during the Maghe festival, the most important local festival, and be a part of the cultural celebrations.

Rimbi Orange Garden

Rimbi Orange Garden
  • How to Reach – The orchards are located at 13KM from the city. You can book a cab or rent a local car to reach.
  • Timings – 8AM-6PM
  • Entry Fee – INR 10
  • Time Required – Less than 1 hour
  • Tips – You can also see cardamom plantation and shop for freshly picked fruits and spices.

Kanchenjunga National Park

Kanchenjunga National Park
  • How to Reach – The wildlife sanctuary is located at about 40Km from the city. You can book a cab for a day to travel and return.
  • Timings – Sunrise to Sunset
  • Entry Fee – INR 200
  • Time Required – 1 day
  • Tips – Don’t miss the 26Km long glacier or the views of Mr. Rathong.

Kanchenjunga Falls

  • How to Reach – The waterfalls are located at 30KM from the city. You can book a cab or rent a local car to travel and return.
  • Timings – 8AM-6PM
  • Entry Fee – INR 20
  • Time Required – 2-3 hours
  • Tips – Visit right after the monsoon to see the natural cascade in full swing. You can also do rope sliding here.

Khecheopalri Lake

  • How to Reach – The lake area sits at about 32KM from the city. You can book a local cab or rent a car to travel and return.
  • Timings – 8AM-6PM
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Tips – You can join the Chho-Tsho festival in October and Mage Purne festival in March/April to experience local traditions.

Rabdentse Ruins

Rabdentse Ruins
  • How to Reach – The famous Pelling tourist spot is located at about 9KM from the city center.
  • You can book a taxi or rent a local car to reach.
  • Timings – 8AM-5PM
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Time Required – Less than 1 hour
  • Tips – You can also visit the Singshore Bridge or the Khecheopalri Lake nearby.

Places to visit near Pelling

Pelling tourism has a lot to offer not only within the city but also in its nearby locales. Book some of the best Pelling tour packages and visit these interesting places near Pelling –

Ravangla Buddha Park

  • How to Reach – The hilltop park is located at 50KM from Pelling. You can book a cab or rent a
  • local car for the day to travel and return.
  • Timings – 9AM-6PM
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Time Required – 2-3 Hours
  • Tips – You can visit the museum on the premise or the Cho Djo Lake nearby.

Elephant Lake, Rangpo

  • How to Reach – The glacial lake is located at 196Km from Pelling and 67KM from Gangtok. You can book an outstation cab for a day from Pelling or Gangtok to travel and return.
  • Timings – 9AM-6PM
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Time Required – 1 day
  • Tips – You can also do a trek through the Jelep La that connects Lhasa to India.

Things to do in Pelling

Apart from the notable places to visit in Pelling, there are many interesting activities that you can participate in your Pelling tour.

  • Trek through the alpine forests.
  • Take the village walks and witness the rural lifestyle, where they engage in organic farming and fishing.
  • The Darap village is the nearest and offers the best countryside experience.
  • You can also go for a fishing tour at Rimbi. It is located at about 10KM from Pelling. Spend a day fishing in the mountain stream and enjoy Assala, a locally made dish with freshwater fish, and very unique to this region.
  • Go on a bird-watching tour to the jungles of Darap, located at the edges of Kanchenjunga Biosphere
  • Reserve, rich in Himalayan flora and fauna.
  • Live at one of the homestays in Pelling and experience the daily life of the locals, their occupation, and learn about their culture.
  • Explore the local festivals and witness Limboo folk dance and music, handicraft making, storytelling sessions, and more.

Best Time to Visit Pelling

Because of its altitude, Pelling weather can be defined as a classic Himalayan weather, with pleasant, cool summers and harsh, cold winters. Depending on your travel goals, you can visit Pelling at any time of the year. If you want to experience snow, then visit during December/January, which is usually the snowfall time in Pelling. For outdoor adventures, the time from March to May is ideal, when the temperature in Pelling is very comfortable to travel.

Best Places to Stay in Pelling

Make the most of your vacation by choosing from some of the best hotels in Pelling. Check out our recommended list of Pelling hotels and Pelling resorts – 

  • Magpie Pacchu Village Resort 
  • The Aryan Regency 
  • The Elgin Mount Pandim
  • Norbhu Ghang Resort 
  • Hotel Snow Valley Rooftop

Places to Eat in Pelling

Explore local cuisine and more at some of these top-rated Pelling restaurants – 

  • Hotel Kabur
  • Leenette’s Rustic Cage
  • Hotel Bhansa Ghar
  • Haldi Resto 
  • Hotel Hishella Bar & Restaurant
  • Treat Restaurant

How to Reach Pelling

By Train

Pelling does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest railhead is in Siliguri, 135KM away and the nearest major railway junction is in Jalpaiguri, 170KM away. There are regular trains to Jalpaiguri and Siliguri from all major towns and cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, etc. 

By Road

Pelling is well-connected to other towns and cities in Sikkim. There are regular state-run and private buses, connecting the city to nearby towns like Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jorethang, Gangtok, Geyzing, Namchi, Rangpo etc. There are also private cars and jeeps available regularly to Pelling from these towns.

By Flight

There is no direct flight connectivity. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, in Siliguri, about 140KM away. You have to take a bus or book an airport taxi from Bagdogra to reach the city. 

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