Top 10 Places to Visit in Pelling
Nestled in the laps of nature, Pelling is a serene hideout located west of Sikkim. It is a lovely hill station where you can chill amidst the pillowy clouds with a view of the towering snow-clad peaks. The quiet town radiates peaceful vibe from all corners and is resplendent with picturesque landscapes.
If you are visiting Sikkim, make sure that you include Pelling in your itinerary. The beautiful sites it holds within will make you fall in love with it at the first sight. While there are many places to visit, we have carefully selected a few of the best sites that you should not miss seeing.
When you are in the Northeast, especially in Sikkim, you would never be too far away from a Monastery. One of the important shrines for the Buddhists in the region, Sangachoeling Monastery is the oldest monastery in Sikkim.
Constructed in 1697, the Monastery features unique statues made of clay and stunning paintings. Spend a couple of hours in the monastery; the tranquillity of the surrounding and the solemn silence inside will be a soul-soothing experience.
Rabdentse Ruins hold an important place in the history of Sikkim. There is nothing much to see, there are only a few stubs of the buildings, yet it is one of the popular Pelling tourist places because of the spectacular location. You can see the Kanchendzonga mountain ranges from here, a spectacle that you must not miss.
Located about 8kms from Pelling, Darap village is a hidden gem that showcases the cultural diversity of Sikkim. The village, inhabited by several communities like Butias, Tamangs, Lepchas, Gurungs, Chettris and Rais, offers you a chance to retreat to a quaint place in the laps of nature.
The locals here are extremely friendly and greet the tourists and welcome them to be part of the community. You can enjoy living a village lifestyle, play with the local kids, mingle with the local families, and churn fresh butter, learn the art of making cheese the traditional way or go on a hiking trip in the nearby trails.
Located about 5kms from Darap village, the gushing white stream of Rimbi Waterfalls is one of the most scenic waterfalls in Pelling. While you are here, allow yourself to soak in the sweet sound of the water dropping and the constant call of the birds. It will be a once in a lifetime experience.
The second-highest suspension bridge in Asia, the Singshore Bridge is one the best places to visit in Pelling. From the outside it may look like any other bridge, but its overall settling will leave you spellbound.
As you stand on the bridge, a deep gorge below and the towering mountain on either side is sure to give you an unforgettable experience.
A small village mainly inhabited by the Bhutia and Marwari communities, Kaluk is far from the city’s chaos. The village has a unique, rustic charm and an energy of its own. It is a great place to enjoy a leisurely couple of days and live a humble village life. You can also go hiking and trekking around the various hills near the village and explore the wilderness.
A small town that lies between Pelling and Gangtok, Ravangla is one the best places to visit in Pelling. Every year, during the summers, i.e., from April to July, the town plays host to several species of birds who flock to the forests in the region.
You can engage in several adventure activities here like rappelling, trekking or rock climbing. The town is the best place to get a glorious view of Mount Kabru, Mount Pandim, and the famed Mount Kanchenjunga.
A UNESCO world heritage site, Kanchenjunga National Park in Pelling is one of the few places in India that is known to have a population of Red Pandas. The sprawling forest area, breathtaking glaciers, gives you a chance to immerse yourself in nature's bounty, besides getting glimpses of exotic animals.
You can take a safari tour inside the national park or be more adventurous and on a hiking expedition; there are many trekking trails, and it can take a few days to complete the trek. However, every minute you spend here would be the best gift you can give yourself.
Sewaro Rock Garden is a picturesque place and a perfect spot to rest and relax between your Pelling adventures. The garden is well-maintained, and it is replete with fountains, and well-structured rocks, all of which make a perfect backdrop for pictures. You can spend a couple of hours exploring the garden and add a bit of variety to your trip.
Changey waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Pelling. The foamy white waters falling from a height of about 300 metres and the soothing sounds of the falls combined with the sweet calls of the birds, is sure to give you an unforgettable Pelling sightseeing experience.
The beauty of the falls is that it disappears midway among the dense forests only to emerge from unexpected corners. Whether you are just sitting by the falls and admiring its beauty or rappelling down from the hills besides the falls, you will surely enjoy every second you spend here.
While Pelling is an excellent place to visit that will give you plenty of awesome memories, a trip to Sikkim may seem incomplete without visiting Gangtok. There are many places to visit and things to explore in Gangtok. And you can make your Gangtok adventures even better by booking your stay at the Club Mahindra Gangtok or Club Mahindra Baiguney Resort in Gangtok. Replete with premium amenities, and spacious living spaces, the resort would be a perfect base to relax and enjoy amazing experiences.