Pelling is a small town in the north eastern Indian state of Sikkim, at the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga. Located in the western part of the state of Sikkim, Pelling is a quaint little village in the laps of the Eastern Himalayas. The village is one of the upcoming tourist spots in the state of Sikkim and is already the second biggest tourist attraction of the state, just behind Gangtok.

The hamlet is located at an altitude of around 3000 metres from the sea level. The little village of Pelling is known for its vibrant cultural life and exhibits the traditional aspects of the local culture at its best. If you want to get acquainted with the culture of north-eastern India, Pelling is the place to visit.

One can visit to Pelling of lovely mountain walks and stupndous views of the Kanchenjunga right from your hotel terrace.

Most of the people of Pelling are Buddhists and speak the Sikkimese language. Other languages spoken are Nepali, Hindi and English. 


Travel Tips

The best time to visit Pelling is after the monsoons, between the months of September and November. The hillside looks very fresh and beautiful after the heavy downpour in monsoon.

Foreigners need an entry permit to visit Sikkim.

When to visit

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Things to do

Planning to make a trip to Pelling? Be prepared to be swayed by a mesmerizing array of music, and songs, dances and exhibitions. Pelling is known for its cultural output. All round the year, there are different traditional festivals that are organized here. These festivals are a great way to know the local culture. However, it is not only human activities that draw people to Pelling. The place is also full of beautiful sights to please your mind. The terrain is covered by mountainous vegetation, and a number of colourful flowers also make the landscape a very pleasing sight.

Kangchenjunga waterfalls is one of the numerous waterfalls that decorate the terrain here. However, it is commonly regarded as the most beautiful of them all.  Khecheopalri Lake is quite nearby. Apart from being of great beauty, it is also of religious importance and regarded as a sacred lake. Pemayangtse Monastery is also well worth a visit. This is the oldest monastery in Sikkim. The monastery is also noted for its collection of rare relics and Buddhist artifacts. Rabdanse Ruins presents another popular tourist spots. The ruins are quite close to small streams. Together with the forest and the stream, it presents a beautiful sight.

Getting Around

Getting around Pelling is quite easy. Despite the fact that there are almost no public transports available, you can easily get cars for hire.

Motorbikes can also be rented.

Another mode of travelling is by renting bicycles from the locals.

Places to Stay

There a number of good hotels in Pelling where you can find comfortable accommodation.

How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Bagdogra. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. The distance between Bagdogra and Pelling is around 160 km.
  • The nearest important railway station is at Jalpaiguri. The rail station at Jalpaiguri is connected to the stations in Delhi and Kolkata, and via them to the other stations across the country. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like,, and
  • There are direct bus routes between Jalpaiguri and Pelling. You can get up on a taxi or a jeep from any of the nearby important towns which will take you directly to the hill station here. There are also a number of buses which leave from the nearby towns. Buses are both run by the state as well as private owners. You can take a bus from Siliguri to Pelling. The distance between Siliguri and Pelling is about 114 km. The quickest route is to go to Geyzing and from there take a jeep to Pelling. Geyzing is the important transport hub of the region.

Surrounding Attractions

Darap Village is a nearby village. It is known for its local customs and cultures. If you enjoy fishing, you can go to Rimbi. Rani Dunga is a popular trekking route. It is also of religious importance.

Places to visit in and around Pelling include the local monatries, rock garden, waterfall, holy rock of Rani Dhunga, the imposing double-pronged Kanchenjunga falls, the archaic quaint Singshore Bridge, the Changey Waterfalls, and the Khecheopalri lake holy to Buddhists.

Pemayangtse Monastery located in Pemayangtse (2km from Pelling).  The Buddhist monastery was founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo. Built as a three storied structure, the monastery depicts paintings on its walls and statues of saints and Rinpoches, deified in various floors.

Rimbi waterfall situated 5km from Darap en route to Khecheopalri. It is the oldest in west Sikkim being constructed in early 70s during the reign of the last Sikkimese king. 

Darap Village is about 7km on the way to Yuksam. It is mostly occupied by the Limboo tribe include small population of other communities as well.

Kanchenjunga falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sikkim and is normally active throughout the year.

Changey waterfall is 10km from Pelling.

Sanga Choeling Monastery is situated on a ridge above Pelling and overlooking the famous Pemayangtse Monastery.It is considered to be one of the oldest manstries in the State.

Singshore Bridge is located around 5km away from Pelling. This is the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest bridge in Asia.

Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102