Pelling is a very prominent hill station well-known for its natural splendor and serenity. It is situated at a distance of just 10 Kms from Geyzing which is the district headquarters. Being nestled beautifully in the grand Himalayas, tourists throng the place in search of peace, tranquility and scenic beauty.
HOW TO REACH
The nearest Airport from Pelling is Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri, roughly four hour drive from Pelling. Scheduled flights are available from cities such as New Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. There is an availability of the flights from International destinations such as Paro and Bangkok.
It is 10 Kms from Geyzing, 55 Kms from Damthang, 84 Kms from Kalimpong, 110 Kms from Gangtok, 127 Kms from Siliguri, 145 Kms from Pankhabari, 152 Kms from Nagrakata, 168 Kms from Jalpaiguri and 380 Kms from Bhagalpur. Pelling is well connected with the above cities via Sikkim State Road Transport Corporation (SSRTC) and some private travel services.
The nearest Railway Station from Pelling is Jalpaiguri Railway Station, located at a distance of 170 Kms from Pelling. It is well connected to major cities like Chennai, New Delhi, Howrah, Alipur and Darjeeling through Guwahati Express, Ndls Bgp Express, Mas Njp Express, Dbrt Rajdhani and Porvotr S Krnti.
WHAT TO SEE
The town has a special Pemayangste Monastery. This monastery is only for the pure monks called as ‘ta-sang’ lamas. This is said to be designed and conceptualised by Lhatsun Chhembo who is Sikkim’s Buddhism pioneer. Pemayangste Monastery is Sikkim’s nuclei of many monasteries. Now it is the premier and prime most monastery of Sikkim. This place is also very crowded in Sikkim.
It is situated on ridge above Pemayangtse Monastery and the town. One has to cross thick and dark forests through the hilly slope to finally reach this monastery. It is advisable to the tourist to make sure that they visit this monastery during the Pelling sightseeing. This is not that well known as the Pemayangtse Monastery. However one can be mesmerised by its beauty and peace.
It is one of Sikkim’s most sacred lakes which is made by the Buddhists and Hindus. This place is also listed among the most beautiful places to visit as a sightseeing location in Pelling. The lake is covered by lush green and thick forests. It is understood that the birds around the lake make sure that not even a single leaf floats on the lake.
Pelling is said to be as the shoppers’ favourite stop. All the shopaholics will surely find something or the other to take home. One can look for carpets, which are hand woven. Tourists can also get good hand woven things like shawls and traditional motif. One should also shop for Lepcha weaves blankets and the elaborately carved tables, which are locally called as choktse. The town has many other things that one can buy here like the canvas paintings, Buddhist and religious items, handmade paper products, cloth bags, Thangkas and wall hangings.
Eating out in PellingÂ is all about savouring local delights like momos, thukpas, as there are limited restaurants in Pelling.Â