10 Places to Visit in Pelling, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

If you are struck by wanderlust and crave to experience the joy of wilderness, Pelling is the place to be. Graced by the magnanimous presence of third highest mountain on the planet, the Kanchenjunga, Pelling lies in the western part of Sikkim.

The beautiful landscape with lush green hill tops and serene lakes will captivate your imagination beyond belief. A visit to the Khecheopalri Lake or more popularly called the wishing lake mesmerises you with a wonderful exhibit of exotic birds and freshwater lakes. And for those who seek spiritual nirvana, Pemayangtse Monastery should figure high on the bucket list. The monastery also houses some splendid artworks in the form of paintings and sculptures that are largely influenced by Buddhist lineage.

Adventure, right from the beginning, is a granted take away for tourists who flock this part of Sikkim mostly to escape from the urban rumble. Be it the charming khangchendzonga waterfalls or the towering Changey waterfalls, adventure lovers who swear by river rafting amidst high tides will find these places to be a blessing in disguise.

If you wish to trek the high altitudes in Pelling, a special permit from the department of Gangtok, will make the trip a hassle free affair. For travellers who wish to fly by air, the bagdogra airport is closest to pelling and the Jalpaiguri railway station at a distance of 95 kms from Pelling would be recommended if you wish to travel by train.

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Venture to Khecheopalri Lake, a tranquil, sacred site nestled in the heart of Sikkim, India. Known as the 'wishing lake', it captivates visitors with its pristine waters and rich biodiversity. Explore the spiritual and natural significance of this serene destination, revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike. Immerse yourself in the serenity and mystical charm of Khecheopalri Lake, a serene oasis that offers an unforgettable, peaceful retreat amidst nature's captivating beauty.

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Located at a distance of 10 km from Yuksom and 30.4 km from Pelling is the spectacular Kanchenjunga Waterfalls. It is a perennial waterfall whose pristine water is believed to have originated high up from the glaciers of the mighty Mount Kanchenjunga. The waterfall is surrounded by dense thick forest and is known for its grandeur and beauty.

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Rimbi Waterfalls is a captivating natural wonder tucked amidst the lush landscape around 12 km from Pelling city center, Sikkim, India. Known as one of Sikkim’s most popular sightseeing destinations, Rimbi Waterfalls creates a breathtaking sight, allowing tourists to enjoy this scenic retreat. 

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A valley of scenic beauty and rich Sikkimese culture, Darap Village is located in the western district of Sikkim, near the town of Pelling. This natural treasure is located at the edge of Kangchenjunga and has recently transformed into one of India's most serene and tranquil holiday destinations. 

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Pemayangtse Monastery is a revered Buddhist gem founded in the early 17th century by a Buddhist Lama called Lhatsun Chempo. Pemayangtse Monastery, believed to be Sikkin’s one of the oldest monasteries, is located in the dazzling town of Pelling in West Sikkim, India. 

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A visit to the Rabdentse Ruins, an archaeological site, must be on your travel itinerary if you are visiting Pelling. Founded by Tensung Namgyal in the year 1670 AD, Rabdentse remained the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim till 1793 CE. The place was destroyed by the Nepalese invasion in the 18th century and transformed into ruins. Currently, the Archaeological Survey of India is maintaining and restoring the place.

The location is well known for its historical significance and scenic beauty. The ruins are surrounded by dense forest, and you will need to go on a 15-minute scenic trek to reach them. Once there, you will be rewarded with a spectacular vista of the Kanchenjunga range, the Pemayangtse Monastery and the rushing river flowing through the foothills. Explore the ruins and look out for its various attractions such as the Namphogang, the ruins of Taphap Chorten, the Dab Lhagang, and the remnants of Risum Gompa. 

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15 December 2014
Satyen Naik Singalila Trek
After this trek, I realized why everyone recommended me for Darjeeling and Sikkim. Truly a paradise and this trek reveals more about these places.
Annapurna Adiga Pelling Skywalk
Must visit a place, The glass-topped skywalk was extremely great, you'll enjoy everything on this place and nobody misses the Buddha-idol and the monastery... the walked through the stair as well need to have stamina. The view was simply indescribable
05 February 2020
Harinakshi Bharadwaj Magpie Pachhu Village Resort
The resort was perfectly located amidst the hills Stunning views. Also, the attractions of the city were very much nearby to the resort. Excellent hospitality, delicious food, and great ambiance. The activities included in the stay package were amazing, we had so much fun doing the activities. Looking forward to visiting you again. Thanks, Thrillophilia! for hassle-free booking and instant confirmations.
19 November 2019
Best place to stay. People should definitely go for the attic room with the mountain view. Felt so luxurious. The room was just amazing with superb washrooms so clean along with a comfortable bed and good facilities. The staffs were professional and responsive always provide service on-time. Staff was very cordial. It has a pure veg restaurant attached and the food was great.
I was very happy that my surprise went well, I am so thankful for the booking platform and the staff there at Pelling who arranged the evening with perfection with beautiful decorations and fresh drinks and meals. My cousins were very happy with this surprise and even shared the pictures with me even I like it so much. Thank you so much for your effort and we were very satisfied with your service and everything you truly deserved a 5*.
20 February 2020
I booked Magpie The Chestnut Retreat from Thrillophilia at a very decent price along with the activities. The check in and check out process was also done easily with just the e-voucher of Thrillophilia. The stay was comfortable and the food served was very delicious. There we experienced activities like yak ride and ATV ride. Everything was taken care of in the beautiful resort.
21 November 2019
The resort is pretty along with the amazing views of the place. The room were so clean along with a comfortable bed and good facilities. The staffs were professional. No doubt we would be back. Highly recommended if you are visiting Pelling.
Manoj Acharya Singalila Trek
The Singalila Trek by Thrillophilia had everything that I wanted from a trek .From adventurous forest trails to sights of the Everest, this trek was the most enjoyable experience of my entire life. The support staff, guide and even the whole organised process of the trek was all due to Thrillophilia and their committed people for which I wanted to personally thank them by writing my thrillophilia reviews. They even made sure that the group was having fun during the strenuous ascents and descents, which not many people think of. Thrillophilia even customised the booking process according to our convenience, and did everything on our behalf. With this trekking tour by Thrillophilia, I am happy to say that they have gained a permanent customer who will be coming back for their help pretty soon.
Amritambu Nambeesan Singalila Trek
I am an ardent lover of trekking and other adventure sports and activities. Thanks to Thrillophilia, I found a trekking tour to Singalila at the cheapest price ever, that too with the inclusion of permits as well as a guide. This year, my wish to complete the Singalila national park Trek came true only because of Thrillophilia. Everything, right from the booking procedure, to the mode of payment was easy and without any issues. In fact, they made sure that everything was taken care of even during the trek. Upon my arrival at home after the trek, Thrillophilia even made sure to ask for any issues that I might have faced during the Singalila Trek, which is commendable. Thank you for such a memorable trek.
Gajbaahu Prajapat Pelling Skywalk
The place gave us stunning pictures, Nice walked on the glass and we enjoyed every bit of it. Worthy experience.

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