The lofty Buddhist town of Pelling, in the state of Sikkim, sits on a ridge raised to 2085m, just down the road from Pemayangtse Gompa. Affording incredible views North to the Himalayas and the mighty Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain, Pelling is an ideal start point for adventurers undertaking challenging and scenic treks in West Sikkim. The pristine countryside around Pelling is carpeted with lush alpine vegetation and known for its beautiful waterfalls, particularly Kanchenjungha and Chhange Falls. In the months of winter, Pelling is sometimes covered with a blanket of snow.Read More
Framed on two sides by awe-inspiring, snow-capped mountains and glacial ridges, the hallowed Pemayangtse is one of the principal monasteries in the state of Sikkim. Founded in the 17th century and extended in 1705, the monastery, which has been reconstructed several times, is the main centre of the Nyingmapa sect, which was established in the 8th century AD. The followers of the sect wear red caps rather than the yellow ones traditionally worn by monks in other monasteries.
With expansive views of the Kanchenjunga massif from the exterior, the interior’s walls are adorned with traditional frescoes depicting Buddhist themes. A further interesting feature is the depiction of Sang Thok Palri, the celestial abode of Guru Rinpoche, rising above the realm of hell. Near the monastery, there are the traditional austere dwellings of the monks. The Denjong Padma Choeling Academy is another feature of interest and was set up by the monastery in 1980 to provide for destitute children and orphans near Dzongri.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Pelling
If you are planning a Pelling holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Elgin Mount Pandim Pelling
The Elgin Mount Pandim is a beautiful, charming hotel with magnificent views. The rooms have been elegantly decorated with a range of bright colours and adorned with regal pillars and chandeliers. There is a variety of different facilities available at the hotel including a library, where guests can curl up in the evenings with a good book. There is also a dining room where delicious food from a number of different countries is served on a daily basis. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance from the Pemayangtse monastery.
Pelling Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Pelling.