The pleasant little town of Pelling is
famous for magnificent views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga
range, the third highest peak in the world. Pelling is about
130 km away from Siliguri
and 115km from Gangtok, the capital
of Sikkim, and is well connected by bus and jeep services.
The Placid town pulls most of the visitors for its representative
status in history, nature and culture of the state of Sikkim.
Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft, Pelling
offers good view of the entire Kanchenjunga mountain range
including Koktang, Kumbhakaran (Jannu), Rathong, Kabru, Kabru
Dome, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Siniolchu and others. This is
as close as you can get to the Kanchenjunga range without
leaving the material comfort of good hotels. Due to its advantageous
location, many hotels and lodges have come up in and around
Pelling catering to varied tastes and budgets.
As is true for the entire state of Sikkim,
weather here is unpredictable in nature. Weather in Pelling
may change from Bright and sunny to clouded and gloomy in
a matter of minutes. The cloud and sun plays a contineous
game of hide and seek creating a mesmerizing environment for
April, May and June are
the summer months in the plains and high season at Pelling
as people try to avoid the excessive heat of the plains and
find comfort in the mountains. Weather during this time is
pleasant with average temperature around 15 to 20 centigrade.
July to September is the rainy season, and
it rains quite heavily here. Landslide is common and occasionally
Pelling may not be accessible by the main road. This is the
low season and hotel and tour costs come down sharply. So
if you are looking for a budget friendly tour and don’t mind
carrying an extra umbrella, you may consider Pelling most
suitable for you during this season.
October – November is the festival season
in India and again a high tourist season in the hills. Pelling
weather around this time is similar to the Summer months.
But visibility is better with great views of the mountain
range available during most of the days.
December – March are the cooler months with
temperature going below 10 degree. Most international tourists
visit here around this season. Indian visitors not afraid
of a little chill, may enjoy Pelling during the winter months.
The best part of this time is post monsoon visibility remains
excellent and since it is not a very high season, you can
enjoy travel without having to hustle with other toursts.
There are two common tours for Pelling Sightseeing.
When you take a package tour from us, one of these sightseeings
is always included. One is a half day Pelling Sightseeing
tour and the other is a full day tour.
Half day tours - Tourist
staying at Pelling only for one night takes the half day tour
and post lunch travel to their next destination. You have
several options for this.
1. Khechepalri Lake visit - In this tour
we will take you towards Khechepalri lake. On the way you
will visit Rimbi waterfall, Rock Garden, Kanchenjunga water
fall etc. On the way you may also stop over at Darap Eco Village.
This is the most common half day tour itinerary in Pelling.
2. If you have shortage of time and do not
want to travel much for Sightseeing, you may take our second
half day tour option that covers destinations close to town.
This tour covers Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabadantse ruins,
Tikjuk view point and Helipad ground.
3. Alternatively we can also provide you
a half day tour of Pemayangtse Monastery, Sangay Water falls,
Dentam valley, Alpine Cheese factory and Sing shore Bridge
(One of the highest bridges in the world). Remember this is
a longer journey and if you have plans for travel in the afternoon,
we may not recommend a long sightseeing in the morning.
Full Day Pelling Sightseeing
Full day Sighseeing is basically a combination of
the half day Sighseeing tours. Here you have the following
1. Most tourists choose the Khechepalri lake
tour in the first half and local sightseeing around Pelling
in the second half.
2. You may visit Khechepalri lake in the
morning and then continue your tour further towards Yuksom
(on the same route). In addition to the half day Khechepalri
tour, you will also visit Phamrong falls, Singing stone, Kathok
lake and dubdi monastery (2 km hike) in this tour.
3. Some tourists also combine the half day
tour no 1 with 3 as given above.
What we suggest – If this
is your first visit to Pelling we would suggest that you stick
to the most common sightseeing tours. The option 1 of half
day and full day tours are most common and highly recommended.
Pemayangtse literally means 'Perfect Sublime Lotus'. This
is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of Sikkim.
Founded in 1705, this monastery belongs to the Nyingma-pa
sect. The three-storied building of the monastery houses a
good collection of wall paintings and sculptures. On the third
floor of the monastery, there is a seven-tiered painted wooden
model of the abode of Guru Rimpoche, complete with rainbows,
angels and the whole panoply of Buddha and bodhisattva. In
January/ February every year, a religious dance called 'Cham'
is performed in Pemayangtse.
Sanga Choeling Monastery
is located on the top of the mountain behind the town of Pelling.
The distance to the monastery from town is about 3 km. The
road is not motorable and one needs to take a 45 minute walk
through a quite path to reach the monastery. As a result a
visit to Sanga Choeling Monastery is not part of any of the
regular itinerary. But if you have time and energy, the effort
of the uphill walk is well rewarded with great views of Pelling
and surrounding hills including great views of Mount Kanchenjunga
that can be seen from the monastery compound.
Built in 1697 the Sanga Choeling is one
of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. Sanga Choeling means
'the island of esoteric teaching'. This Gompa is another of
Lhatsun Chenpo's creations, and is highly venerated among
the Nyingmapa. Gutted by fire, it has been rebuilt and houses
some of the original clay statues.
This monastery is the second oldest in Sikkim.
Since the place can only be reached on foot, even during high
tourist season, the monastery is not crowded. One can still
enjoy the great views among tranquillity.
Lake is considered one of the most sacred lakes of Sikkim.
The lake remains hidden under rich forest cover. It is believed
that birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the
lake surface. Your visit to Pelling is incomplete without
a tour to this lake. more
This was the second capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim
after Yuksom and till the year 1814 A.D., the king of Sikkim
ruled the state from this place. Today, Rabdentse ruins lie
hidden from the main road at a walking distance from Pelling
and the Pemayangtse monastery. It can be approached by following
a footpath which branches off the main road.
The scenic view from the top of the ruin
scanning across deep valley to the mystic heights of Kangchenjunga
ranges is something to be cherished and etched in memory.
Sangay Waterfall: 10 km
Pelling is today the second most important
tourist destination in Sikkim after Gangtok, the capital.
The small sleepy village of the early 1990’s has become a
hotel town with almost all buildings facing the Kangchenjunga
turning up as hotel.
The best hotels are Norbu Ghang Resort and
Mt. Pandim. If you do not mind staying slightly out of the
town we may recommend Pachu Resort (5 minutes walk from town),
Darap Homestay (6 kms from town) or Tashi Gang resort (30
minutes drive from town). Tashi Gang resort is a special favourite
with us due to its unique location on a hill top offering
360 degree view of surrounding mountains.
More information can be seen at Pelling
If you have not booked your travel arrangement
with us and intend to travel on your own, Pelling is well
connected with other destinations in the region such as Darjeeling,
Gangtok, Kalimpong and Siliguri. There are local transport
including shared jeeps available from almost all the places.
If you cannot manage a direct transfer to Pelling, try to
get a taxi for Geyzing. From Geyzing to pelling is about half
an hour and vehicles are more frequent. Following is the list
of distance from different places to Gangtok. Please do remember
that travel time varies widely with road condition. Post monsoon
rain often road condition is not very great and average vehicle
travelling 20 kms an hour is not uncommon. The time given
is approximate and may vary accordingly.
From Gangtok– 115 kms – 5 hours
From Bagdogra– 135 Kms – 5.5 hours
From New Jalpaiguri– 130 Kms – 5.5 hours
From Darjeeling town – 109 kms – 4.5 Hours. There is an alternative
short route through which the distance comes down to about
70 kms. But this route is quite steep and may not remain operational
throughout the year.
From Kalimpong – 85 kms – 4 hours
From Jorethang – 42 kms – 2.5 hours
From Ravangla – 45 kms – 2.5 hours
Tour - naturebeyond organises regular package
tours to pelling. All our tours are customised according to
guest preference. You can check our Leisure tours section
for more ideas about package tour options in Pelling.
Hotel Booking -
naturebeyond deals with some of the best hotels in Gangtok.
Hotel Booking through naturebeyond has two advantages. First
you dont need to deal with individual hotels, we know which
is the best hotel in each place suiting your budget. Secondly
since we are based locally, you always have someone to look
after your needs in case of any travel related problem. more.
- Whether you want to go for a trek or a biking tour
in Sikkim, we have unmatched expertise in this region.
naturebeyond owns its own transport car and lends them on
Map of Pellilng