Going on a holiday with friends? Try Pelling in Sikkim for a great getaway

Are you planning a holiday with your friends? Great! But would you like to try a destination that is not so well-known, but is just out of this world? Ready for an adventure? Then Pelling, located in the northeastern state of Sikkim could be just the place for you.

Pelling is a small town located on the foothills of Mount Khangchenjunga, the third-highest mountain peak in the world. It is located at an altitude of 2,150 m above sea level. It is a place of great beauty, with awesome scenic locales. And you get to see Mount Kanchejunga up close. The surroundings are lush green, with dazzling mountain peaks and glittering waterfalls. It is nature at its best.

Reaching Pelling

You can reach by air, or by train, or road. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, which has regular helicopter flights to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, from where jeep services to Pelling are available. Or you can go by train up to Siliguri, a city in West Bengal, from where you can take a cab to Pelling. There is also a bus service to Pelling.

When to go

Sikkim has a temperate climate, with temperatures seldom exceeding 28°C in summer. In winter, the town sometimes experiences snowfall. So, the best time to visit would be the summer months of May, June, July. Avoid the monsoon season, as you might encounter landslides.

Tourist attractions you must visit

Pelling has many spots you can go to. Here are some of them:

Bhaley Dunga

This beautiful spot is a cliff top. The view is mesmerizing. Snow-capped mountains will greet you as you look around. You can also see the towns below and you can walk downhill to Sanga Choeling Monastery.

Sanga Choeling monastery

A Buddhist monastery, Sanga Choeling is one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim. It was built in the 16th century. It is accessible only by foot.

Khechpalri Lake

This beautiful lake is an ideal picnic spot. You can trek to the lake, is 18 kms away from Pelling. The lake lies in a depression, with forested hills all around. You can go further up to Khechiopalri Gumpa.

Sampling the local cuisine

You should definitely try Gya Thuk or Thukpa, which is a noodle-based soup with vegetables or meat. The momos are very popular too. They are basically dumplings stuffed with minced meat, vegetables or cheese. Another delicacy is Sha Phaley, which is bread stuffed with seasoned beef and cabbage. Some popular restaurants Melting Point, Big Bowl, The Rabdentse, etc.

What to shop for

Hand-woven carpets, shawls and blankets are very popular. You can also check out intricately carved tables, locally known as choktse. Then there are always cloth bags, handmade paper products, colourful threaded scarves Buddhist religious items, etc.

So, make your plans and go see Pelling. You will not regret it.

 

 

 

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