Pelling is lovely hill station in Sikkim, worthy of featuring on your itinerary of Sikkim. A day or two is enough to explore the beautiful town tucked away in the Himalayas. No matter where you are in this town, you can see the snow-capped Kanchenjunga range on the horizon. From laid back travellers to adventure seekers, Pelling soothes the soul, while offering plenty to keep you company.
Though any time is a good time to visit this wonder of a place, a perfectly great time would be between March and June, when the weather is pleasant enough for you to enjoy the clear views of the mighty peaks. Also, the snow melts giving way to lush green surrounds.
A culturally rich village, Darap is a paradise with quaint home-stays. The village is inhabited by ethnic communities like the Bhutias, Tamangs, Chhetris and Gurungs, among others. Apart from living the good life in the beautiful home-stays, you can indulge in a couple of activities here such as hiking, bird watching, and fishing in Darap’s many streams.
Kaluk is a stunning place to visit in Pelling – the haven is inhabited by the Lepcha tribe. This is a perfect spot for those who seek to live close to nature and yet have a cultural experience. Don’t forget to visit the Bersay Rhododendron Sanctuary for an extraordinary time amidst wildlife.
At a walkable distance from Pemayangtse Monastery (one of Pelling’s must visit monasteries), surrounded by thick woods and lakes, is where you’ll find the Rabdentse Ruins. The archeological site is of national importance; and tells the story of Sikkim’s glory.
The town of Ravangla near Pelling is a treat to the eyes; it offers spectacular views of various major peaks such as the Kanchenjunga and Kabru. If you’re a birder, you wouldn’t want to leave here. The most commonly sighted ones are verditer flycatcher and blue whistling thrush.
The nearest airport from Pelling is the Bagdogra Airport, located about 160km away.