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Pelling(Sikkim)

A beautifully located hill at a height of 6800ft, Pelling is covered with wild thick jungle with hideouts and shelter for many indigenous wild animals of the days of yore. And today by dint of its scenic location and the advantage of having the closest view of world’s third highest mountain Mt. Khang –Chen-Dzonga and other snow peaks, once a petty village, Pelling is the best chosen tourist destination in Sikkim now.

Nestled at an altitude of 7,200 feet, Pelling also forms the base from where trekkers and other peripatetic adventurers undertake the strenuous and arduous treks around here. Pelling covers a virgin land around it bathed with alpine vegetation, with numerous waterfalls lining the hillside.

Apart from all this, Pelling stands as the centre where from all the breath taking tourist spots of West Sikkim can be easily covered in different optional sightseeing tours without involving long tiring drives around.

Climate: Temperature in summer goes high up to 25degree and comes down to 1degree in winters. It is warm and pleasant in summers and cold in winters. Light clothes in summers and warm for winters.

Best Time to Visit: Mid-February to May-end and mid-September to December.

Accessibility:

By Air: Helicopter connectivity is available between Pelling and Gangtok with a regular bus service connecting both towns. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport.

By Train: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Station is the closest railhead at a distance of 152 kilometres from Pelling. Taxis are available from outside the railway station.

By Road: Pelling is well connected by Road. You can also hire Cabs or Taxis.

Places of interest

Kanchenjunga Falls

Location: 30 km from Pelling

Best time to visit: Any time of the year

The Kanchenjunga Fall are a must visit on a trip to Pelling. A breathtaking experience, the place presents great scenic beauty. As the stream falls to the ground, the natural sound of water gushing down adds to the charm of the place. The rocky path that leads to the fall is an adventure in itself and brings you into the lap of nature. The adventure freaks can go in for rope sliding and satisfy their adrenaline rush. 

Singshore Bridge

Location: 28 km from Pelling

The highest bridge in Sikkim with a tag of the highest gorge bridge in the Asian continent, the imposing double-pronged Singshore Bridge is of 198 meters in height. Around 200 meters in length, the bridge connects two gorges in West of Sikkim.  Presenting spectacular views with beautiful waterfalls in sight, the bridge is a great tourist attraction. Surrounded by green hillsides, the bridge offers incredible opportunity for photography and taking home great memories of the nature in full swing.

Pemayangtse Monastery

Location: 36 km from Pelling

Best time to visit: Jan-Feb (during Cham festival)

One of the oldest in Sikkim, Pemayangtse Monastery was originally established by Lhatsun Chempo, one of the revered Lamas to have performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal of Sikkim. It is also one of the premier monasteries in Sikkim. Pemayangtse Monastery has more than 100 monks at present and is a parent Monastery of all the monasteries following the Mindroling lineage in Sikkim. The structure of this monastery dates back to nearly 17th century. The aesthetic three storied building houses several paintings and sculptures, most known among them is the wooden model of Guru Rimpoche. Located at an height of 6840 feet, the monastery also has various antiques, scriptures and antiques belonging to the Buddhist era.

Sewaro Rock Garden

Location: Hills Area, Pelling

With rocks, pools, criss-cross footpaths and lovely gardens surrounding the place, this rock garden is a well-known attraction in Pelling. There are fountains and streams too that mesmerize the visitors with their natural beauty. The garden has a swimming yard, cafeteria and few vantage points offering stunning views of the surroundings. As per the popularity, Sewaro Garden is counted amongst the popular picnic spots of the region and is a beautiful delight for nature photographers. You can visit around 14th January, Maghe Mela or Makar Sankranti when festivities are organized here.

Rabdentse Ruins

Location:  36 km from Pelling

Visiting Time: Open throughout the week, from 6 am to 6 pm.

Earlier known as the second capital of Sikkim, this archaeological site offers a brilliant view of the entire valley below. The view of the Kanchenjunga peak from the ruins is absolutely spectacular and is a must visit on your trip to Pelling. A site of historical importance, these ruins represent the remains of the establishments of Chadok Namgyal that were destroyed by the Gurkha Army.

Rimbi Waterfall

Location: 12 km from Pelling

Best Time to Visit: Both summers and winters are good but avoid monsoons when the river swells

Leading to Rimbi River, this waterfall is famous for the recreational activities like fishing and swimming. Decent footfall of tourists is seen here during the summer months. The fall is a great treat for the eyes as the gushing water turns into the River Rimbi. You can spend some memorable moments with your loved ones here and capture the picturesque view in your cameras and take home great memories.

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