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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places of interest in Pelling?

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Pelling is a thrilling canvas of breathtaking mountains, gurgling streams, rocky paths, swaying trees and majestic waterfalls. A visit to this hilly hamlet is bound to leave you amazed and absolutely captivated by its surreal beauty. With new spots and sights to treasure each day, exploring this town is anything but boring. Away from the maddening rush, in a few moments of peace, you’ll discover the wonders nature has to offer. Amidst an exotic array of fauna and flora and raw beauty, take a break to connect with the serenity of nature.

Explore and enjoy the town’s history, culture and traditions with some of its scenic hideouts, monasteries and waterfalls.


  • Pemayangtse Monastery

    Literally translated as perfect sublime lotus, Pemayangtse is one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim. Housing a surprising collection of wall painting, sculptures and carvings, this three storied building is a splendid site.
    Founded by
    Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705, this famous monastery follows the Nyingma Order of Tibet Buddhism and controls and order the other monasteries in Sikkim. Built for ‘pure monks’ or ta-tshang which means ‘monks of pure Tibetan lineage’, the monks of this monastery are usually chosen from the Bhutias of Sikkim.
    Besides being an architectural splendor and a refreshing spiritual retreat, the monastery also host the
     Chaam festival(monk dance) annually. Held every year on the 28th and 29th of the 12th month of the Tibetan Calendar of February, the dance witnesses the lamas of the monastery performing a spellbinding dance.
    Pilgrims from all parts of
    Sikkim flock to the monastery during this colour festival. Fireworks mark the end of this festival symbolising the abolishment of evil spirits. Enthralling and captivating, a visit to this monastery is awe inspiring and rejuvenating.

    Timings: 7 am to 6 pm


  • Rabdentse Ruins

    Take an exhilarating journey back into time with the rustic ruins of a city that was. The ancient capital of Sikkim, Rabdentse was destroyed by the Nepalese army in 1814. As you walk down from the Pemayangtse Monastery, you’ll reach the gate to the ruins. The walk to the ruins is marked by scenic lakes, rare orchids, exotic flora and a thick dense forest.
    The surreal experience of walking through old, half standing structures with the majestic mountains in the background stays with you long after the holiday is over. Divided into two regions,
    North and South, the city was once ruled with great enthusiasm.
    The ruins are also a part of the small
    Buddhist religious pilgrimage starting with the first monastery at Yuksom. A sneak peek into the past of Pelling will certainly make your holiday a wee bit more interesting.


  • Changey Waterfalls

    Located about 10 km away from Pelling, the Changey Waterfalls are at whopping height of 300 meters. The first view of the waterfalls is surprising and breathtaking, with a sudden glimpse of the rushing water. While descending, the waterfalls disappear into the abundant greenery surrounding the area.
    Beautiful and gorgeous, the waterfalls are a must visit if you are in this scenic hill station.


  • Singshore Bridge

    The grand Singshore Bridge is touted as the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest gorge bridge in Asia. An architectural brilliance, the bridge is built in between two hills. An extremely popular tourist spot, the bridge is about 5 km away from Pelling.
    Offering you a splendid view of lush hillsides, overwhelming waterfalls and the pristine valley, the bridge promises a sight to behold.


With these scenic spots in and around Pelling, there is much to explore and cherish. Don’t forget to carry your cameras and ofcourse a sturdy pair of sneakers to traverse those rocky paths.

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