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Pelling is a small hill 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 and 131km from Gangtok. 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.

The Himalayas and the Kanchenjanga may be viewed at close quarters from Pelling. Pelling also forms the base from where trekkers and other peripatetic adventurers undertake the strenuous and arduous treks in West Sikkim. The land around Pelling is still a virgin territory and is bathed with alpine vegetation, with numerous waterfalls lining the hillside. In the months of winter, Pelling is sometimes covered with a blanket of snow.

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. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport.Most of the people of Pelling are Buddhists and speak the Sikkimese language. Other languages spoken are Nepali, Hindi, and English.

state Sikkim,India
District West Sikkim
Country India
Elevation 2,150 m (7,050 ft)
Languages spoken Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar
Currency Ruppee

Top Things In Pelling

Places to visits

  • Sangachoeling Monastery

    Sangachoeling Monastery was built in 17th century and is an important highlight of the Buddhist pilgrimage circuit. The route to this monastery takes you through rich forest cover and hilly terrain. On reaching the Monastery

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    the view makes the trek worth it. The most popular among many places to visit in Pelling, Sangachoeling must be on your Pelling itinerary.

  • Darap Village

    A culturally rich village, Darap is soon emerging as a popular homestay destination among tourists visiting Pelling.

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    The village is inhabited by many ethnic communities like Bhutias, Tamangs, Chhetris and Gurungs, among others. The area is developing gradually and owing to its pristine beauty and easy connectivity, it is quickly becoming travelers’ favorite.

    Activities to try

    You can relax in the beautiful homestays, or if you plan to head out – indulge in various activities such as hiking, visiting the 2 centuries old Limboo house, bird watching, and splashing water in the many streams in Darap.

    Distance from Pelling:

    14 km

  • Sewaro Rock Garden – An awesome picnic spot

    Sewaro Rock Garden is a preferred picnic spot and among the important places to see in Pelling. Dotted with streams, fountains, gardens and more, it is the perfect spot for families, couples and friends to have a gala time, click pictures and simply listen to the song of nature.

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    Best time to visit Sewaro Rock Garden:

    Don’t miss the Maghe Mela held on 14th January. Maghe Mela or Maghe Sankranti is an important festival for locals. It is primarily a religious festival wherein people take holy bath in the stream. Also, tourists can enjoy various adventure activities that are a part of the festivities.

  • Singshore Bridge

    Singshore, the highest bridge in Sikkim, has an elevation of 198 m above the ground. Assuring spectacular views and incredible clickable sights,

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    it also happens to be among the highest gorge bridges in Asia. Since it is encircled with lush green hills that are dotted with waterfalls, Singshore Bridge has become a popular attraction among tourist places in Pelling.

    Distance from Pelling:

    28 km

  • Rimbi Waterfall

    Rimbi Waterfall, another one of beautiful places to visit in Pelling, is more than just a treat to the eyes.

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    The glinting waterfall turns into Rimbi River, which is frequented by locals and tourists for various recreational activities like swimming and fishing. Whether you go fishing or not, do try a local preparation of Assala – a variety of fish found only here.

    Best time to enjoy Rimbi Waterfall and River

    Both summer and winter are perfect for enjoying Rimbi. It is during monsoon, that the water current in the river and around the fall increases. It is suggested not to visit the fall around this time.

  • Kanchenjunga Fall

    As this Himalayan stream gushes down to the ground, it sings a song you’d want to put on repeat mode. Kanchenjunga Fall, being an important tourist attraction of Sikkim, is a must visit when you’re in Pelling.

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    It’s just an hour away and takes you through a truly scenic route. The rocky path leading to the fall lets you get closer to nature. For adventure-junkies, there is an option of rope sliding.

    Best time to visit

    Being a perennial waterfall, Kanchenjunga Fall can be visited anytime. The best time, however, is after the monsoon season.

    Distance from Pelling

    30 km

  • Khecheopalri Lake

    A serene and scenic attraction, Khecheopalri Lake holds religious significance as well. Buddhists and Hindus both consider this lake a divine one. Also, for trekkers and explorers,

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    it is one of the best places to visit in Pelling. You can spend a night in the nearby lodges that allow quick access to the lake.

    Best time to visit Khecheopalri Lake

    The lake is best visited anytime! Try not missing Maghe Purne Festival celebrated by chanting hymns floating diyas on the lake and offering food. This 2-day festival is organized in March/April.

    Distance from Pelling to Khecheopalri Lake

    32 km (takes an hour to reach). The lake is an important highlight of the Yuksom-Pelling trek that passes through hamlets, woods and cardamom fields.

  • Kanchenjunga National Park

    ow about catching sight of snow leopards, musk deers and other wild animals while on your trip to Pelling? Best idea ever! Kanchenjunga National Park covers about 849 km sq. of area, which is affluent in terms of flora, fauna, avifauna and even glaciers.

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    Trekking in Kanchenjunga National Park is a refreshing experience, but make sure you obtain the permit from Wildlife Education and Interpretation center at Yuksom.

    Best time to visit Kanchenjunga National Park

    April to May is the time when this tourist attraction sees the best weather for safari, with maximum chances of spotting rare species.

    Stay facilities

    The forest department has introduced rest houses located in Yumthang and Lachung.

    Distance from Pelling

    32 km

  • Kaluk

    Kaluk – another one of stunning places to visit in Pelling, is an unexplored haven inhabited by Lepcha tribe. This is a perfect spot for those who seek to live close to nature in a peaceful ambiance. Don’t forget to visit Bersay Rhododendron Sanctuary for a lovely experience and beautiful pictures.

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    And just 2 km away from Kaluk is Rinchenpong. A short trek from Kaluk to Rinchenpong is highly recommended. It is a refreshing trek that takes you through lush meadows and woods filling you with calmness and tranquility.

    Distance from Pelling

    35 km

  • Pemayangtse Monastery

    This three-storied aesthetic structure dates back to the 17th century and is among the most important places to visit in Pelling. Sculptures and paintings adorn the monastery, but the highlight is the seven-tiered model of Guru Rimpoche, made of wood and decorated with rainbows and fairies.

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    Perched at an altitude of 6840 feet, Pemayangtse Monastery is a treasure trove of various Buddhist scriptures, antiques, sculptures and other artforms you’d want to glance at.

    Best time to visit Pemayangtse Monastery

    To make the most of your time here, visit the Monastery during colorful Cham Festival (Jan-Feb)


    Distance from Pelling

    36 km


  • Momo

    Momo is a type of South Asian dumpling; native to Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, North Indian region of Ladakh, Northeast Indian regions of Sikkim, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh, and Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

  • Thukpa

    Thukpa is a Tibetan noodle soup, which originated in the eastern part of Tibet, eastern and northern part of Nepal, sikkim and Northeast India . Amdo thukpa is a famous variant among Tibetan people and himalayan peopl.

  • Gundruk

    Gundruk is fermented leafy green vegetable and is a popular food in Nepal and claimed to be one of the national dishes. It is popular not only in Nepal but also in every Gorkhali or Nepalese diaspora household worldwide.

  • Sinki

    Sinki is a preserved vegetable, similar to gundruk. Gundruk is prepared from leafy vegetables but sinki is prepared from radish tap roots. Place of origin: Nepal

  • Chhurpi, Kinema, Sel roti

    Chhurpi or durkha is a traditional cheese, similar to ricotta, consumed in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Bhutan, and Tibet. The two varieties of chhurpi are a soft variety and a hard variety.

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    Kinema is an indigenous fermented soybean food prepared mostly by the Limbus of the Eastern Himalayan regions, what is now Eastern Nepal, and Darjeeling and Sikkim regions of India.

    Sel roti is a traditional homemade, sweet, ring-shaped rice bread/doughnut originating from the Indian subcontinent.