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  • Despite it being small a town, there are so many exciting things to do in Pelling that you may easily enjoy a couple of days here without finding a moment of boredom. Cradled in the domain of Himalayas, lying at the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga, Pelling is a scenic tourist destination with a wide range of places and activities on offer for its visitors. 

    Apart from a rich natural heritage in the form of untainted Himalayan vegetation, Pelling also has a rich cultural heritage for you to explore. From soaking in the beauty of its unmatched vistas to indulging in a cultural extravaganza, this town in Sikkim will amuse you throughout your stay here.

    The town of Pelling is majorly popular among tourists for the mesmerizing views of the towering Himalayan mountains covered in snow that can be enjoyed from here. So, it is also an ideal destination for you if you are a shutterbug interested in capturing the Himalayan culture and nature in your camera.

    Besides, you can enjoy a uninterrupted serenity at numerous waterfalls falling within the bounds of Pelling. The place also has delights for adventure junkies in the form of various easy trekking trails that will take you through dense woods. All in all, your visit to Sikkim remains incomplete if you skip exploring Pelling.

    Check below the list of things you can do on your visit to Pelling!

  • 01Meet the monks at Pemayangtse Gompa Monastery

    The cultural spectrum of Pelling is dominated by shades from the Buddhist culture, and various monasteries dotting its geography are the proof. Get familiar with the local culture by visiting Pemayangtse Gompa Monastery which is one of the most revered monasteries in the state. 

    It would be an interesting thing to spend some time with the monks here, getting insights about the cultural history of Sikkim and Buddhist customs. The monastery, originally built in the 17th century, will impress you with its scenic location with the backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and immaculate architecture. 

    The complex also houses a museum where local ancient artefacts and scriptures are on display.

    Location: 3 km from Pelling

    Timing: 7 AM to 6 PM

    Entry Fees: No Entry Fees
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  • 03Witness the beauty of Kangchendzonga Waterfalls

    If you are a nature loving planning to spend some time relaxing in the tranquil atmosphere of Pelling, paying a visit to the famous Kangchendzonga Falls is among the most peaceful things to do in Pelling. According to the general belief, the stream originates from the glaciers of Mount Kanchenjunga. 

    This perennial waterfall is located at a close distance of 28 km from the city center and is an ideal spot to spend some time with family and friends. The sight of gushing water stream running through lush green forests and plummeting upon rocks is something that will leave you spellbound. 

    Since the waterfall is extremely scenic, it also qualifies for an excellent spot for photography.

    Location: 28 km from Pelling

    Entry Fee: INR 20 per person

    Timings: Open 24 hours
  • 04Saunter in the Rabdentse Ruins

    If you are a history enthusiast planning to explore the beautiful town of Pelling, the place has a treat for you in the form of Rabdentse Ruins. These ruins are the remnants of Sikkim Kingdom’s second capital, so you can imagine the historical significance of this site. 

    Rabdentse served as the capital city between 1670 and 1814 after which it was destroyed in the Nepalese invasion. The archaeological site once had a palace and a monastery. A walk amidst the broken walls and chortens will take you back to the glory days of the 17th Century when the place came into existence.

    Location: 3 km from Pelling

    Entry Fee: Entry is free

    Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM
  • 05Cross the Singshore Bridge

    One of the most iconic landmarks in Sikkim, Singshore Bridge is the second highest suspension bridge in Asia and the highest in the state. The bridge has a length of 240 meters and is located at a distance of 5 km from Pelling city center. 

    Crossing this bridge spanning over Singshore River is one of the most exciting things to do in Sikkim. From this bridge, you can catch breathtaking sights of the river and the verdant valley. After crossing the bridge, you can also indulge in trekking in the dense forests that follows.

     The landscape looks all the more scenic when the surrounding hills get veiled with clouds and mist.

    Location: 28 km from Pelling

    Entry Fee: INR 20 per person

    Timings: Open 24 hours
  • 06Visit to Khecheopalri Lake

    Take a plunge into a world full of serenity and spirituality by visiting one of the most sought after tourist spots in Pelling – Khecheopalri Lake. Apart from being a wonderful piece of nature’s artistry, this lake is also a pilgrimage site and keeps reverence among Buddhist and Hindus. 

    This place, indeed, sounds like peace as the sound of the fluttering prayer flags coupled with the sound of ringing bells reaches a person’s souls and soothes it. There are a number of interesting legends associated with this lake. Ideal for all kinds of tourists, this place is also a paradise for thrill-seekers as there are a few trekking trails nearby.

    Location: 28 km from Pelling

    Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

    Timing: Dawn to Dusk


  • 07Meditate in Sanga Choeling Monastery

    An essential part of your Pelling visit should be to indulge in cultural and traditional activities as done by the locals. The best one would be to enjoy the melody of silence by getting lost in your own self by meditating  at Sanga Choeling Monastery. Away from the blaring sounds of the cities, this monastery makes for a perfect site for meditation. 

    The monastery was established in the 17 century and is one of the oldest monasteries in the state. This beautiful monastery is perched on a ridge and offers panoramic views of the Himalayan massifs. You can reach here by taking a steep uphill trek from Pelling.

    Location: 7 km from Pelling

    Timing: 7 AM to 6 PM

    Entry Fees: No Entry Fees

  • 08Visit Sangay Falls

    Pelling is dotted with natural wonders and Sangay Falls is an important name on the list. The waterfall is easily accessible as it lies at a distance of 10 km from Pelling Town. The beauty of this site is sure to leave an everlasting impression on your memory while the soft roar of the plunging stream will excite your senses. 

    The surrounding greenery makes the waterfall appear all the more charming, apt for any shutterbug visiting Pelling. Sangay Falls, owing to its natural splendour and calming atmosphere, is definitely worth a few hours of your time in Pelling.

    Location: 10 km from Pelling

    Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

    Timings: Open 24 hours

  • 09Take a stroll in Sewaro Rock Garden

    Both nature and man have made efforts to make Sewaro Rock Garden a place as glorious as it is. Located on the bank of a river, this garden is a popular picnic spot in Pelling. If you wish to spend some time with nature on your trip to Pelling, this is among your best bets. 

    The garden features a cafeteria where you can sit for a couple of hours and enjoy the sound of the moving river and the chirping of birds along with spectacular views. Once you are done with soaking in the incredible charm of the place, you can indulge in fishing and angling.

    Do include this place to your itinerary as taking a stroll amidst the bountiful nature here is among the most relaxing things to do in Pelling.

    Location: 12 km from Pelling

    Entry Fee: INR 30 per person

    Timing: 8 AM to 7 PM
  • 10Visit to Rimbi Water Falls

    A popular one among the numerous waterfalls in and around the town, Rimbi Waterfall may render you speechless with its unrivaled beauty. Visiting this waterfall is one of the most fun things to do in Pelling whenever you are headed towards Yuksam. The stream plunging into the pool below later on joins to contribute to Rimbi River. 

    The waterfall is enveloped by lush vegetation adding to its grace, gracefully. While you are here, you can also enjoy fishing and nature photography apart from spending some time letting the calm sounds and mesmerizing views soothe your soul.

    Location: 12 km from Pelling

    Timing: 6 AM to 5 PM

    Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

  • 11Walk around in Darap Subba Village

    Darap Subba is a tiny village located at a short distance from Pelling and is being developed as a tourist destination. Majorly inhabited by Limboo Community, this village may offer you cultural as well as spiritual experience. 

    Taking a walk around in this village is one of the best things to do in Pelling as it will offer you much more than just the breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains that are visible from here. You can talk to the locals and learn about their beliefs and customs. 

    It will be a different kind of experience and will add a new colour to your Pelling visit.

    Location: 6 km from Pelling

    Entry Fee: No Entry Fees

    Timing: 8 AM to 7 PM

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