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  • A small town filled with a natural beauty that is almost breathtaking in its magnitude, Pelling is a great place to visit in Sikkim. There are many wonderful places to visit in Pelling and a stay here can never be uneventful. From adventure activities to spiritual retreats to immersive strolls through natural parks, Pelling is a place full of potential enjoyment. 

    The town is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction not only as a result of all these features but also because of that indescribable air of magic that surrounds it no matter what you do there. Tall snowy mountains look down benignly at this little town and waterfalls and lakes send forth their twinkling music through the landscape. Pelling is a great adventure and spending a few days here is a wonderful way to enjoy your Sikkim vacation.

    Of the many places to visit in Pelling, monasteries are the most prominent. Buddhism holds great sway in the entire state and this is aptly commemorated by the many monasteries that stand proudly in Pelling. Many of these monasteries are considered to be among the important monasteries of Sikkim, and their halls contain a wealth of ancient Buddhist treasures in the form of paintings, sculptures, artefacts and books. Visiting these meditative buildings is a thing you cannot miss in Pelling. 

    There are several beautiful natural water bodies all around Pelling too and these add to the delight of the stay in the town. Nature reigns supreme in the region and the days you spend here will be among the most rejuvenating of your lives.


    Here is a list of best places to visit in Pelling:

  • 01Yuksom

    A town rich in monasteries and biodiversity, Yuksom is one of the many great places to visit in Pelling. The little town offers its visitors a wealth of activities for perusal including monastery visits, waterfall sightings, and adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling and hiking. Enjoying the serene loveliness of Yuksom is a beguilingly easy task which makes the days pass by in a pleasant haze. 

    The joy of lounging beside the many grand falls like the Kanchenjunga Falls, Phamrong Falls and Rimbi waterfalls is only surpassed by the delight of mediating in the monasteries vibrating with peace. The Rabdentse Ruins are close to Yuksom as is the Khecheopalri Lake. Many popular treks also start from Yuksom, one of which is the Yuksom-Dzongri trek-a high altitude trek along the Rathong Chu River in West Sikkim.

    Location: Yuksom, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Approx. INR 500-2000 for accommodation

  • 02Pemayangtse Monastery

    Located right opposite Sangachoeling Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery is another equally important Buddhist shrine in Pelling. It is an old monastery which has been standing tall since 1705. It is one of the most famous shrines in West Sikkim and a must visit when in the region. This monastery operates under Nyingma sect of Tibet Buddhism and controls all other monasteries of the same sect. The architecture of the monastery is beautiful and appealing to the eye. Many paintings and sculptures form a part of its elegant setup, and statues of Padmasambhava and his two consorts are prominent in the monastery. 

    The beauty of the monasteries interiors is magnificently complemented by the beauty of the Himalayan exteriors. Peace and serenity wash over you when you are at this monastery. Not only can travellers trek up to the top of the ridge where the monastery is located, they can also choose to engage in the Rani Dhunga Jungle Trek which begins from this location. If you are visiting in February, plan your visit so as it coincides with the Cham dance festival celebrated here. You should not miss a visit to this tourist place in Pelling when in the town.

    Location: Pemayangtse, near Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 9 am to 6 pm


  • 03Sangachoeling Monastery

    One of the most important attractions in Sikkim, Sangachoeling Monastery is the oldest monastery in Sikkim and a crucial Buddhist shrine in the region. It was constructed in 1697 by Gyalwa Lhatsum Chempo, a follower of the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery features stunning paintings, statues, unique clay statues and scriptures enshrined in a solemn silence that is very soothing to the senses. Spending a couple of hours in this monastery simply being conscious is one of the best experiences you can have in Pelling. The other-worldly beauty of the monastery in addition to the breathtaking views that can be experienced from the location makes it a place rich in natural wonder. The monastery is located at the top of a high ridge and eager travellers can also hike up to the top.

    Location: Pemayangtse, near Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 9 am to 6 pm


  • 04Kanchenjunga Fall

    The magnificent Kanchenjunga Falls are one of the best places to visit in Pelling. Set amidst the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas, these waterfalls are a delight for the senses. The green and white beauty of the setting soothes the eyes while the steady twinkling of the water is music to the ears. The falls are accessible by the road through a climb of approximately 50 to 60 metres is necessary in order to reach the main waterfalls. There are plenty of tea and Maggi stalls all around, which make for a delightful picnic near the waterfalls. Photographers will also find the photogenic nature of this place absolutely ravishing.

    Location: Kanchenjunga Falls, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Rs 5 per person for local guides

    Timing: 8 am to 6 pm.


  • 05Rabdentse Ruins

    Rabdentse was the second capital of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814 and has therefore played an important part in its history. The Rabdentse Ruins are a reflection of this proud history that was wiped away siege of the Gurkhas. There is not much in terms of remains to be seen here. Only stubs of buildings remain standing for the most part and the only living entities are the tourists who visit it. But visiting the Rabdentse Ruins when in Pelling is an absolute must because the breathtaking location offers some of the most magnificent views of the Kanchendzonga mountain ranges in West Sikkim. It is a spectacle that should not be missed. 

    The 20-minute walk from Pemayangtse Monastery to the ruins takes you through a gorgeous natural setting that adds to the joy of the expedition. The mingling of the past and the present in the Rabdentse Ruins is a great reason to spend an afternoon here.

    Location: Geyzing, close to Pemayangtse Monastery, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 10 am to 5 pm


  • 06Tashiding Monastery

    Part of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the Tashiding Monastery is an important monastery on the Buddhist pilgrimage circuit in Pelling. Featuring a lovely location as it sits in between Rathong chu and the Rangeet River, this monastery is one of the holiest pilgrimage spots in Sikkim. Peace and solitude fill every corner of the monastery and make a trip here one rich in meditative beauty. This monastery is best visited with the aid of a local guide who knows all myths and legends of the place well. Since the Tashiding Monastery is associated with several legends, local insight into them will be invaluable. Bhumchu festival, one of the most important festivals in Pelling, is also celebrated here.

    Location: Yuksom, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 9 am to 6 pm


  • 07Rimbi Waterfall

    You will come across the gushing stream of white that is the Rambi Waterfall on your way to Khechopalri and Yuksam. It is a scenic natural setup full of natural beauty. The waterfall is a large one and is encased by lush greenery. Spending an hour at this location is a great way to enjoy yourself in Pelling. The picturesque setting makes for a wonderful photography spot too.

    Location: Rimbi River, approx. 5 Km from Darap Village, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 8 am to 6 pm.


  • 08Darap Village

    8 kilometres away from Pelling, on the route to Khecheopalri and Yuksam, lies the scenic Darap Cherry Village. A small and quaint destination, Darap village is inhabited by the Limboo Community along with the Bhutias, Chettris, Tamangs, Rais, Gurungs and Lepchas. Framed by the majestic peaks of the Himalayan ranges, this village is a scenic retreat away from the bustling rush of the cities. Travellers can enjoy the village with the help of the many dainty homestays that are located here. A stay in the village is not just an opportunity to enjoy nature but also to be a part of the local community. You can enjoy games with the children, churn butter with the locals, process cheese in an old-fashioned way, hike extensively, lounge by the riverside and engage in other routine activities around the village. Visiting the ancient Limboo traditional house is another popular pastime.

    Location: Darap, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Homestays cost between 500- 3000 INR per night


  • 09Sewaro Rock Garden

    A little distance away from Pelling lies the quaint Sewaro Rock Garden. It is a pretty, picturesque spot that makes for a great resting place between your Pelling adventures. The garden is a manicured space filled with fountains, resting sheds, avenues, and well maintained, structured rocks. A small cafeteria is also to be found in the garden. Spending an hour or two exploring this garden is a good way to add variety to your trip in Pelling.

    Location: Sewaro Rock Garden, Hills Area, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 10 am to 5 pm


  • 10Singshore Bridge

    Singshore Bridge is one of the most amazing places to visit in Pelling. It is the second longest suspension bridge in Asia and has to be experienced to be believed. While the bridge itself is a bridge like any other, the beauty of the entire set is the biggest attraction of the place. The Singshore Bridge is long and connects two green mountains to each other. A deep gorge spreads out underneath the bridge and tall mountains tower above it.  The entire setting is one worthy of inspiring awe and wonder into the individual. No vehicles are allowed on the bridge which makes it especially wonderful for simply experiencing the gorgeous sights all around. Spending some hours on the bridge and exploring the jungles around it makes for an absolutely lovely outing in Pelling.

    Location: Approx. 5 km from Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free entry

    Timing: 9 am to 6 pm


  • 11Khecheopalri Lake

    Khecheopalri Lake, also known as Kha-Chot-Palri, is a natural lake near Pelling. It is one of the must-visit attractions in Pelling. Brimming with legends, the lake is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists for its mythical associations. Legends associate the place with Guru Padmasambhava, Lord Shiva and Goddess Tara apart from other important mythical figures. The Khechoedpaldri hill near the lake is also considered to be a sacred spot for many. Visiting the lake is a beautiful experience since nature and silence reign here undisturbed. The peaceful shores of the lake are a welcome home to many unique birds and the surrounding forests of bamboo add to its exotic delights. 

    If you are trekking on the Yuksom-Dzongri-Goechha La trekking corridor, the lake will be one of the places you visit. Going to the lake with a local guide is a good idea because it will allow you to completely understand the history of the place. If you visit it in October, you will also be able to enjoy the ritual Chho-Tsho festival that is celebrated on the lake.

    Location: Khecheopalri Lake, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 8 am to 6 pm


  • 12Kanchenjunga National Park

    Of all the tourist attractions in Pelling, Kanchenjunga National Park is the grandest. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this park offers visitors a magnificent chance for immersion into the depths of nature’s bounty. With sprawling forests, breathtaking glaciers, exotic birds and animals, and gorgeous views, a visit to Kanchenjunga National Park is an experience of a lifetime. The best way to enjoy the beauty of this place is by engaging in extensive trekking. There are several popular trails in the national park. 

    The Yuksom - Tshoka – Dzongri trail, the Bakim - Dzongri - Thangshing - Samuteng - Goechala and Dzongri Base Camp - Rathong – Khangerteng trail is among the most popular trails in the national park. Trekking takes at least 6 to 7 days to complete but this can vary depending upon your route. However, every minute spent inside the park is a gift to yourselves, so enjoy it thoroughly.

    Location: Near Chungthan, Gangtok, India

    Price: Indian nationals- INR 200 per person for 7 days; INR 30 for each extra day

               Foreign nationals- INR 400 per person for 7 days; INR 75 for each extra day

    Timing: Open 24 hours


  • 13Kaluk

    A beautiful, other-worldly destination in the foothills of West Sikkim, Kaluk is a small village comprised mainly of Nepali, Bhutia and Marwari settlers. Far from the bustling chaos of the major commercial centres, this leisurely village has a unique energy of its own. Travellers looking to enjoy the solitude of Pelling will find a perfect destination in Kaluk- you can stay in comfortable homestays, take in the relaxation offered by the mountains, engage in sundry activities with the locals, and just enjoy the meditative beauty of the village. When in Kaluk, make sure to visit the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary as well as the Rinche pong monastery, the third-oldest monastery in Sikkim. The Singshore bridge is also close by. Hiking around Kaluk exploring different places is another magical way to enjoy the loveliness of nature there.

    Location: Kaluk Village, near Gyalshing, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Approx. INR 500- 1500 for accommodation


  • 14Changey Waterfall

    A delightful, gurgling waterfall in the Western region of Sikkim, the Changey Waterfall is one of the tourist attractions in Pelling you definitely should see. Its foamy white waters falling from a height of 300 metres to the sounds of chirping birds and rustling leaves are magnificent to experience. The falls disappear mid-way into the dense greenery that surrounds them on all sides, only to emerge beguilingly from unexpected corners. Dainty clusters of villages surround this waterfall, making it a unique sight to gaze upon. Whether you are sitting by the falls, hiking around them or even rappelling near them, a visit to the Changey Waterfalls will be a visit to remember.

    Location: Approx. 10 kilometres from Pelling, West Sikkim, India  

    Price: Free

    Timing: 9 am to 6 pm


  • 15Ravangla

    Renowned for its views, Ravangla is a small tourist town that lies mid-way between Pelling and Gangtok. It is one of the great tourist places in Pelling, especially in the summer months from April to July, when the natural beauty of the place bursts into bloom. Hosts of exotic birds’ flock to the forests around the town including laughing thrushes, babblers, cuckoos and hill partridges as well as the rare species of the satyr tragopan. Glorious forests of rhododendrons flourish promisingly on the slopes and dashing orchids colour the land with their vibrancy.

     There are several opportunities to engage in adventure activities around the town, especially in rock climbing, rappelling, and trekking. The trek to the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary also begins from Ravangla. Tourists also come to the town especially to gaze upon the glorious view visible from here- Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Pandim, Mount Siniolchu, Moun Kabru among others can also be gazed upon from this town.

    Location: Ravangla, South Sikkim, India

    Price: Approx. INR 1000- 5000 for accommodation


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Goecha La Trek

Goecha La is a high mountain pass in the Himalayan range. The trek starts at the sleepy little town of Yuksom in West Sikkim. The town is very pretty with lush green surroundings and a salubrious weather to go with it. You can shop for all supplies at Yuksom before beginning the trek as this is the only place where you will get to buy all your necessary items.

Furthermore, before trekking the Goecha La, you will have to do two things, first make an entry at the local police station and second pay the permit fees at the forest check post. Usually the agencies take care of all these hassles and you will not have to bother about them.


The first phase of the trek to Goecha La will take you from Yuksom to Sachen. Yuksom is situated at an altitude of 5,700 feet and Sachen is situated at an elevation of 7, 200 feet. The trekking trail passes through a route of immense natural beauty. You will come across lush green fields, valley of the Rathong River and thick forests. From Sachen you will need to climb ahead to Tshoka which is at an altitude of 9,650 feet.

This trek is quite enjoyable in the initial phase but becomes tryingly steep towards the later phase. On reaching Bakhim, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Yuksom valley. As you trek on ahead, you pass through Dzongri and Phedang. You will also be able to enjoy the beauty of some of the densest rhododendron forests in India and get a breathtaking view of the highest mountains in the Himalayan range. You will pass through the beautiful Samiti Lake which will mesmerise you with its sparkling blue waters.

The entire journey from Yuksom to Goecha La is a treat to the eyes. Despite being a test of physical stamina, the route is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful routes that you can come across while trekking in the Himalayas.

Best Season: September- November & March-April
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging
Max. Elevation: 5002 m
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