Pelling, a beautiful town in the West district of Sikkim, is the 2nd biggest tourist destination in Sikkim after Gangtok. The main attraction of the place is the breath-taking sight of the Khangchendzonga and the neighbouring peaks. The famous Pemayangste monastery is less than a kilometre from here and is a major tourist hotspot. It also provides sites for mountain biking, rock climbing, village tours, meditations, educational studies and several other activities. The scenic town of Pelling is a perfect holiday destination for all nature lovers.
Pelling, a beautiful petite town sited at a height of 6800ft was initially covered with wild thick forest which served as home to many indigenous wild animals of that period including Wildman( may not be yeti though). This ridge being situated in between two old Buddhist monasteries (Pemayangtse and Sangacholing) developed into a full-fledged village named Pelling. Today, Pelling is one of the best chosen tourist hotspots in Sikkim due to its scenic beauty and the fact that it offers the closest view of world third highest mountain Mt. Khang _ã_Chen-Dzonga and other snow covered ranges from here. More than that Pelling is the heart where all the breath taking tourist spots of West Sikkim can be visited in several optional sightseeing tours.
Things to do in pelling
Kanchenjunga fall :
The Kanchenjunga waterfalls are an enormously beautiful waterfall to visit, one which is rich with flowing pristine water beating down the rocky terrain and making for a wonderful and refreshingly fresh experience. The waterfall is not visible at all from the road, and after parking your vehicle, you have to climb up some stairs in limited space to reach the place. However, once you reach there, you are welcomed by the grand sight of a huge waterfall pounding the rocks. Ushers standing around the place help you reach close to the falls, and you can reach right up to the pool of water under the fall. The water is crystal clear and you can drink right from the stream. There is huge rush and one would have to precariously manage the space, but it is not at all risky and is an experience that would leave you feeling happy. A must-visit if you are visiting Pelling.
Pemayangtse Monastery is the equivalent of St Paul’s Cathedral, Vatican for the Nyingma Order of Buddhism in Sikkim and forms an important part of the pilgrimage trail in the State. It’s situated on a 2000+m mountain top with beautiful 360 degrees vistas of the Himalayas . The Monastery is an ancient 17th century premise refurbished several times over the centuries. It is three stories high and depicts various ferocious forms of the Padmasambhava – credited with reviving Tibetan Buddhism apart from the Sakhamuni as well as the founder of this Monastery. The Monastery also houses sacred scrolls on the first floor. The top floor is dedicated to a seven tier painted structure portraying Guru Rimpoche’s Heavenly Palace known as “Zandog-palri”, which is very intricate and took several years to make. The structure has scenes of rainbows, angels apart from Buddhas and Bodhistvas. It is a very interesting example of Buddhist Art evoking parallels to Dante’s Inferno. In the times of the Monarchy in Sikkim, the head Lama of this Monastery, like the Archbishop of Canterbury, enjoyed the privilege of anointing the King.
Singshore Bridge ( Engineering marvel of Pelling )
Asia’s second highest bridge!The grand Singshore Bridge is touted as the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest gorge bridge in Asia. An architectural with a length of 198 m, the bridge is built in between two hills. An extremely popular tourist spot, the bridge is about 25 km away Pelling. Offering you a splendid view of lush hillsides, overwhelming waterfalls and the pristine valley, the bridge promises a sight to behold. Local authorities are also planning to offer adventure activities like bungee jumping.The downward view from the bridge is overwhelming with the sight of beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking views of the green hillsides above are pleasing.The majestic suspension bridge is truly an experience worth remembering. Besides the engineering marvel, you just keep looking at the green hilly peaks all around Sangacholing Monastery .Close to the bridge lies the Uttarey village, which falls near the Nepal boundary or commonly called as Chia Bhanjyang. Uttare is a base camp for Singilela Mountain Range trek.
This beautiful and tranquil monastery is located at the top of a steep hill about 40 minutes walk out of Pelling and does take some effort as the last 2 kms is uphill and rock.The gompa itself is small and has a small area where young monks live.That notwithstanding, the location is at a height and one can see Pemayangtse Gompa and Rabdentse Ruins on other mountains at a distance.
Khecheopalri Lake ( Foot Shaped lake )
Khecheopalri lake is considered as a sacred site of pilgrimage by the Buddhists. Originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava), is a lake located near Khecheopalri village, west of Gangtok in the West Sikkim district of the Northeastern Indian state of SikkimThe lake is 34 km from Pelling town in Sikkim,
How to Reach Pelling
Air: The nearest Airport to Pelling is Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri, which is a four hour drive from Pelling. You can take a taxi or bus from here to reach Pelling.
Rail: The nearest Railway Station from Pelling is Jalpaiguri Railway Station, which is at a distance of 170 Kms from Pelling. It is well connected to major cities like Chennai, New Delhi, Howrah, Alipur and Darjeeling through Guwahati Express, Ndls Bgp Express, Mas Njp Express and Dbrt Rajdhani.
Road: Pelling is well connected with the other cities of Sikkim via Sikkim State Road Transport Corporation (SSRTC) and some private travel services. Buses are available to get to Pelling.