Pelling, Sikkim Travel Info in India

The charming little town of Pelling, located about 140 kilometers from Siliguri and 115 kilometers from Gangtok offers one of the most astounding views of the snow capped Himalayas ranges including Mr. Koktang, Mt. Kumbhakaran (Jannu), Rathong, Mt. Kabru, Kabru Dome, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Siniolchu and others. It has emerged as the second biggest tourist destination in the Indian state of Sikkim after Gangtok.

High altitude of 7200 ft offers a great option to trekkers and other peripatetic adventurers to undertake the stiff and uphill treks in West Sikkim. Pelling’s quiet ambience and scenic setting is a perfect destination for Family and Honeymooners. There are a number of sightseeing destinations in and around Pelling which include the local monasteries, rock garden, the holy rock of Rani Dhunga, the imposing double-pronged Kanchenjungha Falls, the archaic quaint Singshore Bridge, Darap Village, Pemayangtse Monastery, Rimbi Waterfall (the oldest in West Sikkim), the Changey Waterfalls, and the Khecheopalri Lake holy to Buddhists, Singshore Bridge, is the second highest bridge in Asia with 240m in length. Every year Khangchendzonga Festival is held at Pelling hosting fun filled activities like white-water rafting on the Rangeet, kayaking, promotional trekking, mountain biking, sightseeing, traditional sports and bird- watching.

Guests are advised to stay at Pelling for 2 nights minimum. To visit the nearby destination of Yuksom you need to stay at Pelling for 3 nights. Numerous hotels, resorts and lodges have been established in and around Pelling fulfilling the desires of varied tastes and budgets. Pelling is well connected with nearby tourist towns of Jorethang, Kalimpong and Namchi. Bus, Jeeps and Cars are available daily for tourists. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport and Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri. The weather in Pelling is quite unpredictable, in a matter of minutes it may turn from sunny to cloudy, with sun and cloud playing hide and seek.

The month of April, May and June are peak season at Pelling as people try to avoid the excessive heat of the plains and find comfort in the mountains. The temperature is moderate during this season. Months of October to December Pelling attends a large number of tourists. In monsoon, it rains frequently and roads generally got blocked due to heavy landslides.

 

To See

Sanga Choling Monastery
Seven Sister Waterfalls
Khanchendzonga Water Fall
Singshore Bridge
Tashiding Monastery
Yuksom
Dubdi Monastery
Rabdantse Ruins (The old capital of Sikkim)

 

To Reach

By Air - The closest air port is at Bagdogra, which is 140 kilometers from Pelling and connected by Air with all important Indian metros. Bagdogra airport is well connected with the rest of India. There are daily flights to Delhi and Kolkata.

By Rail - The nearest railhead is at New Jalpaiguri which is 145 kilometers from Pelling. NJP is well connected with all major cities in India. New Jalpaiguri Station is well connected with the rest of India. Trains to Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, Bangalore, etc are regular

By Road - Pelling is 115 kilometers from the state capital Gangtok and about 135 kilometers from Siliguri and 120 kilometers from Darjeeling. Pelling is connected with Kalimpong and Siliguri by the national highway 31 A. The Sikkim Nationalized Transport plies regular bus services between Gangtok and Pelling. Private buses, taxis and jeeps are also available from Siliguri & Bagdogra.

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