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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the places to visit around Pelling?

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With umpteen itineraries charted, numerous shopping lists made and all the planning done to the hilt, Pelling isn’t too far away. This beautiful town has so much to offer, from untouched beauty to lovely sites of religious significance. Everything you may need is right here. If Pelling has rejuvenated you and you are in no mood to go back to the dry routine of daily life, then head out. What is better than a holiday? An extended holiday!
Read on to find out about some of the places you can explore around Pelling.


Gangtok

  • A prominent Buddhist pilgrimage site that is nestled in the high peaks of Himalayas sheltering the Enchey Monastery. This raw untouched beauty of northeast is situated in the Shivalik hills of the eastern Himalayas at a distance of 100 km from Pelling. Gangtok, an enthralling Himalayan city and the capital of Sikkim since 1894. Embraced by the massive Himalayas the place offers stunning view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak of the world. Gangtok has an amicable cultural fusion and people here live peacefully in diverse ethnicity and religion.

  • Siliguri

    Serving as a crucial link between mainland India and the North East, Siliguri is a mere 127 km from Pelling. From the spiritual calm of monasteries to tracing scientific development in a Science Museum, from malls to a wildlife sanctuary and from natural beauty to man made beauty, Siliguri has it all and more. Famous for its tea estates, Siliguri is the Gateway to North East India as it lies on the thin strip of land connecting the mainland and the latter. Offering scenic views of the lofty Kanchenjunga mountain, the landscape of Siliguri is perhaps the most refreshing in all of India. The Mahananda Weir Wildlife Sanctuary is located nearby and is a haven of flora and fauna. The Science City makes for an interesting educational excursion, as it displays various scientific experiments and equipments. The Coronation Bridge is a must visit, for it is a fine example of architecture and can be called art in steel itself. Apart from the local artifacts and handicrafts, one can also buy cheap China-made electronics here. The Salagura and Kalchakra Monastery are important Buddhists centers here.

  • Kalimpong

    This scenic little hill-town, 90 km away from Pelling is a perfect destination for quiet, relaxing retreats and short trips. Escape from the crazed, city crowd and into the verdant tea-culture of the North East, all the while experiencing an epiphanic and splendid vacation. Rich in Tibetan and Buddhist culture, Kalimpong is a popular retreat destination which proudly plays host to the Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Buddhist monastery. Overlooking the Teesta river and valley, this small hill-town in the 'Lesser Himalayas' is a treat for nature-lovers, especially with its lush horticulture and flower-markets. A sure treat for backpackers and trekkers, Kalimpong has something for every traveler. A hub for some great schools established in the British era in India, people from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar come here for higher studies, and thus, one may see a multi-ethnic crowd here.


So pack your bags once again for this extra long vacation. Some more planning, sightseeing and shopping awaits you on your holiday within a holiday!


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