Pelling Travel Guide


places to visit

Pemayangtse Monastery: 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.

Sangachoeling Monastery: 45 minutes walk from Pelling will take you to this second oldest monastery of Sikkim. Khecheopari Lake: Khecheopari Lake is considered one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim. The lake remains hidden in the rich forest cover. It is believed that birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the lake surface. Do not forget to take a packet of biscuit and to break them into pieces and offer them to the fishes in the lake.

Rabdanse Ruins: While coming down from Pemayangtse Monastery you can take a left turn and take a walk for just 10 mins to reach to the gateway of Rabdanse Ruins - One time capital of Sikkim. The walk towards Rabdanse is through a semi forest which you will be enjoying since you will have a glimpse to some of the most rare species of orchids and few spell bounding lakes. These lakes are also home to some of the naturally grown gold-fishes that we usually see in the aquariums at domestic levels

Sangay Waterfall: 10 km from Pelling.



get there and around

Pelling is a town in the district of West Sikkim, India. Pelling is nestled at an altitude of 2,150 m (7,200 feet). The town is located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing. A regular bus service connects the two towns. However with the influx of tourists, the region is undergoing a metamorphosis, with the roads being repaired and hotels being set up.

Pelling is 115 km from the state capital Gangtok and about 135 km from Siliguri, the nearest railhead and airport. Regular jeeps connect Pelling to the towns of Jorethang, Kalimpong and Namchi. Pelling has a helipad ground though there is no regular air service. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport.