Pelling - The most captivating nature’s beauty nestled in a small village of Sikkim has become a great tourist destination. With some of the most magnificent places to visit here, Pelling never fails to amaze you with its splendour. Whether you seek for adventure or religious sites, Pelling has a lot to show you. This lovely town never fails to take a prominent position in the tour guide of Sikkim. Take your time out and explore the breath-taking view of this place. However, you would not want to move from a place and simply just glance at the heavenly Kanchenjunga range capped with snow. Coincidentally, the place has some of the other spectacular treasures of nature that will compel you to get going and uncover the beauty of the Himalayas.
Whether you are an adventure seeker or a laid back traveller, the tourist attractions here at Pelling can cater to your different needs. You can have a glimpse of some of the historical remains to picture the ancient ages, the serene nature’s beauty, breath-taking waterfalls and the extremely tranquil ambiance. During the winters, the place remains covered with snow and making it look like a heavenly town.
Being surrounded with a range of attractions from all the corners, Pelling never fails to delight the visitors. Let us have a look at some of the most amazing places near Pelling:
This is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage constructed dates back in 17th century. The route that leads to this monastery is covered with dense forest and hilly terrain. If you love adventure, you can trek to this place and once you reach here, you will feel it was worth your energy. Get inside and have a glimpse of this famous monastery. Also, you will be able to observe the lives of the pilgrims.
This is an emerging village which is becoming a famous tourist destination in Pelling. It is culturally rich and is majorly inhabited by Tamangs, Bhutians, Gurungs and Chhetris. This area is gradually developing due to its Easy connectivity and wonderful scenic beauty.
You can just sit and relax in the home stays or if you are an adventure seeker, you can opt for hiking. Other than these, you can also find the ancient old Limboo house, splashing water and bird watching in Darap.
This is a popular picnic spot and a known tourist destination in Pelling. Surrounding with gardens, fountains, streams and much more, this place tends to become a great location to spend some quality time with your family. Don’t forget to take your camera with you as not only you would love to take some pictures with your family, but also the mesmerizing surrounding when clicked will be cherished forever.
The popular Maghe Sankranrti festival is celebrated by the locals where people take bath ion the stream. It is a common time when most of the tourists visit just to watch the beauty of the place along with the festival.
This is located at a distance of 28 km from Pelling. You definitely don’t want to miss this as it is the longest and the highest bridge in the entire Sikkim. The bridge is constructed at a surprising 198 m above the ground level. Not only one can acquire some of the spectacular pictures of the location as the panoramic view is breath-taking but also it’s an experience. It is also among the longest bridges in the entire Asia. Since this bridges is covered with lush greenery from all the sides with waterfalls dotted in some areas, this has become a crucial tourist spot in Sikkim.
This is another spectacular location that you should definitely keep in the wish-list while visiting Pelling. This is more than just photographers’ paradise. The beautiful waterfall transforms into the Rimbi River which is mostly used by the tourists and locals for the many recreational activities like fishing and swimming. Even if you don’t like fishing, never mind, but don’t afford to miss the mouth-watering p-preparation of Assala.
The unexplainable song made by the Himalayan stream while gushing down is one such rhythm that you will never want to put an end to. Kanchenjunga fall is from the major tourist attractions of Sikkim located at a distance of 30km from Pelling. From here, just within a walking distance a wonder route is waiting to welcome you. This rocky terrain leads to the falls and brings you much closer to the mesmerizing Mother Nature.
If you are an adventure junkie, rope sliding is a great choice for you.
Not only serene but also it is known for its scenic beauty. Not only this, but also the Khecheopalri Lake has religious significance. Both Hindus and Buddhists consider this as a sacred lake. Once you visit this divine location, you can comprehend the reason why people love coming to this place. Moreover, explorers and trekkers are also attracted to this place. If you want to spend some time here, lodges are always available for you.
Do you also want to have a look at the musk deers, snow leopards and many other wild animals? Well, if yes, then also Pelling has the option open for you. Kanchenjunga Nation Park is one of such places spreads over 849 sq. km including some of the rare species of flora, avifauna, even glaciers and fauna. If you want to opt for some refreshing adventure, then trekking is a great choice. Often you will find the adventure seekers opt for trekking and watch wildlife closely. You will be amazed to observe some of the rare species in this mountain park.
Pelling is undoubtedly a great choice for both adventure and spending leisure time with your closed ones in the lap of nature. The panoramic beauty of the snow covered mountains and lush greenery along with waterfalls makes it a picturesque location. Don’t wait any further. Book your tickers today and spend time in the peaceful location.
By Road: Pelling is well-connected to Gangtok, Darjeeling, and Siliguri by the all-weather metalled road. Reserved cabs are easily available from all nearby cities and towns. Due to the stiff road between Siliguri and Pelling, it is advisable to hire a cab (Sumo, Bolero, Innova or Xylo), and try to avoid state transport run government bus. It takes about 5 hours and 30 minutes to reach Pelling via Melli and Jorthang from Siliguri. SNT buses from Siliguri is available till Geyzing. And then you have another 9 km journey to Pelling. You can get a shared cab or a reserved cab to Pelling regularly during the daytime from Geyzing.
Shared jeeps (not regular) are also available from Siliguri Taxi Stand (nearby the Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminal) with a fare of Rs 300/- per head. No shared cabs are available from Siliguri after 2:00 pm in this route. If a direct shared cab is unavailable, then take a cab to reach Jorethang with a fare of Rs. 150.00 per head and take another shared cab for Pelling. But, it is only possible, if you reached at Jorethang on or before 1:00 pm. In that case, find a cab for Geyzing and take another shared cab from Geyzing to Pelling. There are regular jeep services from Gangtok to Pelling. The taxi stands for the West Sikkim located near to the Gangtok police headquarters.
By Rail: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station to Pelling, about 136 km road distance. Major cities in India such as, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi are directly connected with New Jalpaiguri (NJP) by train. Darjeeling Mail, Padatik Express, Kanchan Kanya Express from Kolkata and Rajdhani Mail between New Delhi and Guwahati are well-known among them. Reserved taxi (Tata Sumo, Bolero, Innova, Xylo or small car) are easily available from the outside of the NJP railway station to reach Pelling. If you wish to travel by shared cab, then Siliguri about 8 km away from NJP, is the best destination.
By Air: Bagdogra Airport (IXB) is the nearest airport to Pelling, about 141 km driving distance. There have many domestic flights from all major cities, such as Kolkata, Guwahati, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai. From the Airport, hire a private cab or a shared taxi (mostly available from Siliguri, about 15 km) to reach Pelling.
If you wish to live in a fairy-tale land, Pelling is one such picturesque land of serenity.