Pelling, nestled on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in the Western Sikkim at an elevation of 2150mt is the second largest tourist destination of Sikkim. Located 115km from the capital town Gangtok, Pelling is emerging as a vital town in tourism sector of Sikkim. Pelling with its astounding view of Mt Kanchenjunga the third highest peak in the world, has been a favored tourist destination of Sikkim. Endowed with the rich flora and fauna Pelling has become the base for the nature lover and adventurer. The land surrounding Pelling is still unspoiled by the modernized society presenting a wonderful vista of green lush mountains for the visitors.
Sikkim with its rugged terrain has become an ideal place for recreational sports like trekking and mountain biking and Pelling is one of the places in Sikkim where the tourist can partake in the thrilling yet rejuvenating activities. Pelling with its unique location acts as a base for the travelers who want to venture upon the less trodden destination of Western Sikkim. Travelers are lured toward this scenic town Pelling not only for acting as the base for exploring the high altitude destination of west Sikkim but also for once being a historical significant town with the undisturbed natural surrounding where travelers can learn more about the Sikkimese culture through the traditional dance which has been preserved in the valley of Pelling for many generation. Housing some of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim, there are many places to visit in Pelling. Pemayangtse monastery founded in 1705 and Sangachoeling Monastery built in 1697 are two monasteries which can be explored by the visitors during monastic trek in Pelling. The serene ambiance with the lingering reminisce of historic era have made monasteries an ideal place to find peace of mind. 10mins prior to reaching Pemayangtse monastery there is gateway leading towards the Rabdanse, the ruins of the second former capital of Sikkim.From the vantage point of this former capital visitor can witness a superb view of the Khangchendzongha range. Located 10km from Pelling is highest altitude waterfall of North Bengal, the three steps Changey fall. There are many pictorial places in the reasonable driving distance from Pelling like Khecheopalri Lake. Located 36km from Pelling, Khecheopalri Lake is a scared lake for both Buddhist and Hindu hidden in the rich forest area and is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake. Travelers are left rejuvenated after visiting the serene and pictorial sites around Pelling.
Blessed with enthralling natural and manmade beauty with numerous trekking routes through the pristine Himalayan forest, Pelling has become the safe haven for the tourist who loves to relish in the untainted beauty of Himalayas in Sikkim. With the bewitching view of Khangchendzonga range and its surrounding mountains Pelling has ensnared the heart of tourist traveling in West Sikkim.
The beauty of Pelling can be relished throughout the year due to its pleasant weather but the best time to witness the unhindered view of the snow capped mountain range is from mid September to mid December when the sky remains clear. But if you want to enjoy some snowfall and don’t mind the numbing cold weather then visit Pelling during winter season, when the picturesque town turns into a winter wonderland. But it is best to avoid the rainy season as the road becomes more prone to landslides due to heavy rainfall.
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