Pelling Sightseeing


Situated in the western part of northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, Pelling is a tiny beautiful hill township, offering unending scopes to explore the spellbinding beauty of Mother Nature. Nestled at an altitude of 7200 feet, it is emerging as the second biggest tourist attraction in Sikkim after Gangtok, the capital of the state. Primarily known for its astonishing glimpse of the mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga and surrounding mountain ranges, Pelling is a must visit holiday destination for every wanderer.

 

Places to visit in Pelling Sightseeing | Tourist attraction

 

Kanchendzonga from Pelling

Kanchendzonga from Pelling

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Places to visit in Pelling | Tourist spot 

  • Kecheopalri Lake
  • Kanchendzonga Waterfalls
  • Pemayangtse Monastery
  • Rimbi Waterfall
  • Singshore Bridge
  • Rabdentse Ruins
  • Sewaro Rock Garden
  • Sangay Falls

 

Kecheopalri Lake

Situated in the north-west of Pelling, Kecheopalri Lake is a sacred pilgrimage site in Pelling sightseeing for both Hindus and Buddhists. Believed to be a wish-fulfilling lake, this place is heaven for nature lovers and travellers. Many interesting legends revolve around the origin and history of the lake. The shape of the lake looks like a footprint if viewed from the top. Hindus consider this as the footprint of god Shiva while Buddhists believe it to be the footprint of goddess Tara. Another interesting fact about this lake is that in spite of being situated amidst so mush of greenery, no fallen leaves can be seen floating on its surface. It is said that the birds keep the lake clean all the time. Emerging as a popular tourist attraction in Sikkim, Kecheopalri Lake is visited by pilgrims from all around the world.

 

Kanchendzonga Waterfalls

24 km from the beautiful township of Sikkim, Kanchendzonga waterfall is one of the major tourist hotspot in west Sikkim. It is a perennial waterfall and remains active throughout the whole year. Noted for its fascinating view of surrounding hills and countryside, this stunning waterfall is doubtlessly one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the entire Sikkim. Here, one can also find many small food-stalls selling snacks and tea, which make this place an ideal picnic spot to spend some quality time with near and dear ones.

 

Pemeyantse Monastery- Pelling

Pemeyantse Monastery

Pemayangtse Monastery

Pemayangtse monastery is a popular Buddhist monastery, situated at a distance of 2 km from Pelling. Built in 1705 by Lama Lhatsum Chempo, it is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. The word Pemayangtse means ‘sublime lotus’ and it is considered to represent one of the four plexus of human body. With its beautiful collection of Buddhist idols, scriptures, sculptures, carvings and paintings, this three storied building is a heavenly place surrounded by magnificent Himalayan ranges of snow-capped mountains. Outside the monastery, there is also a very beautiful picturesque garden well maintained by the monks. Undoubtedly this monastery is one of the must see places when one is in Pelling.

 

Rimbi Waterfall

Rimbi waterfall is another one of the most visited tourist spots in Pelling. It is located at a distance of about 12 km from Darap village (another tourist attraction in Sikkim) and around 5 km from the city. This waterfall is perfect destination for photography lovers as it is surrounded by lavish greenery and lets you go closer to Mother Nature. Known for the activities like swimming and fishing, Rimbi waterfall lets visitors refresh their tired souls with a serene and calm ambience.

Singshore Bridge

Located at a distance of 5 km from Pelling, the grand Singshore Bridge is an extremely popular tourist spot in West Sikkim. It was constructed nearly 16 years ago by connecting two hills. Singshore bridge is also the highest bridge in Sikkim and second highest gorge bridge in Asia. Surrounded by immense green hillsides and offering enchanting views of beautiful waterfalls, the atmosphere of the bridge is completely a treat to the eyes.

 

Rabdentse Ruins- Pelling

Rabdentse Ruins

Rabdentse Ruins

Established in 1670, Rabdentse ruins used to be the second capital of Sikkim, until 1814. Located near Pemayangtse monastery, this place is one of the must see historical tourist destination in Pelling. The view of the Kanchendzonga Mountain from Rabdantse is breathtaking. The lovely 20 minutes nature walk uphill to the ruins through Himalayan vegetation is totally a thrilling experience if one is physically fit and loves to trek. The well maintained and preserved ruins will definitely mesmerize its visitors.

 

Sewaro Rock Garden

Built by the tourism department of Sikkim Government, Sewaro Rock Garden is yet another popular tourist attraction in Pelling. Being a quiet and less frequented place and nestled amidst lush green forest, this is undoubtedly an ideal destination for a picnic. There is also a swimming yard, a cafeteria, resting sheds and few vantage points that make it a delightful place for spending some memorable time with the loved ones. Due to its enchanting display of natural beauty, Sewaro Rock Garden is a fascinating place to visit for the nature photographers.  

 

Sangay Falls

10 km away from Pelling, Sangay Falls is a small beautiful waterfall in West Sikkim located near Singshore Bridge. The excellent view of the clear mountain water flowing down through rock cliffs is absolutely spectacular. Spending few minutes by its side can leave a long-lasting mark on one’s memory.

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How to Reach Pelling

By Air: The only airport in Sikkim is Pakyong (112 km). Pakyong is directly connected with Kolkata & Guwahati. Another operational airport is Bagdogra (IXB) located in West Bengal. Bagdogra to Ravangla is 125km, Pelling 145km & Namchi is approx 110km. Bagdogra is directly connected with Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai. Guwahati & Bangkok & it is indirect connection all major cities in India.

By Rail: Due to the geographic nature Sikkim does not have any railway connectivity. The nearest railway station is New Jalpauguri (NJP) located in neighboring state West Bengal. NJP is well connected with all major cities in India. NJP to Ravangla is 125km Gangtok is 120km, Pelling 135km & Namchi is 98km.

By Road : Sikkim is connected with Siliguri/Bagdogra/NJP through national National Highway 31A. It connects West & South district through Melli & Gangtok (East) through Rongpo. Sikkim National Transport (SNT) operates regular busses from Siliguri to various destinations in Sikkim. Private buses are also available from Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus.

Distance
Pelling to Gangtok – 120 km (5 hrs)
Gangtok via Namchi – 148 km (6 hrs)
Ravangla  – 55 km (3 hrs)
Siliguri/Bagdogra   – 145km (7 hrs)
Darjeeling  – 75 km (3.30 hrs)


Pelling weather / Climate| Best time to visit  

You can plan your travel to Pelling at any time of the year. Every season will offer you a different flavor. Sikkim Weather in varies from sub-tropical in the south to tundra in the north. It mainly has five seasons.

Spring (March to April): it is considered a very good season with moderate temperature. This is the time for rhododendrons, orchids, various flowers & snow fall in Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass & sometimes in the city of Gangtok  Ravangla & Pelling.

Summer (May to Jun): as summer is not very hot in Gangtok. It draws the maximum no of tourist. The city experiences a temperature clime & it ranges from 12oC (55oF) to 20oC (69oF).

Monsoon (Jul to Mid Sep):  this is the time when the state gets maximum rainfall. This is not considered to be a good season to visit the city. Heavy rain increases the risk of landslide during monsoon. But still it is an ideal place to enjoy Indian monsoon with lush green valleys, hills along with beautiful clouds & fog.

Autumn (Mid Sep to Nov):  Just after monsoon this is probably the best time to travel with clear sky & moderate temperature. Temperature ranges from 8oC to 20oC. It is also a good time for photography.

Winter (Dec to Feb):   These are the coolest months (temperature from 3oC to 14OC) & some part of state receives a good volume of snowfall. One can have snow in North district & part of East district.

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Pelling Temperature

Montho CAvg. Temp.Avg. Rain Fall (mm)
January

 

Max

Min

4.5

12.6

17
February

 

Max

Min

5.6

14.1

19
March

 

Max

Min

9.2

18

52
April

 

Max

Min

11.8

21.1

102
May

 

Max

Min

13.9

22

173
June

 

Max

Min

16

22.3

442
July

 

Max

Min

16.6

22.5

652
August

 

Max

Min

16.6

22.5

529
September

 

Max

Min

15.5

22.2

372
October

 

Max

Min

12.6

21.2

104
November

 

Max

Min

8.4

17.8

17
December

 

Max

Min

5.6

14.6

6

Data source en.climate-data.org 

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