In a mood to travel to North East belt of India? Well, consider adding Pelling, West Sikkim to your must-visit list. West Sikkim boasts of surreal biodiversity, diverse and exotic flora and fauna species, glaciers, pretty lakes, an extensive range of forests, and much much more making it an ideal place for vacation either with your family, partner or even a solo trip. You can’t go wrong when in West Sikkim!
What makes it a more interesting place to discover is the fact that it is still relatively unexplored tiny hamlet in Sikkim. And one can reach easily by car or by availing bus facility from Siliguri. Now let’s take a look at what one can do in detail in Pelling.
Pelling is garnering a lot of attention lately
Popular for a few of the oldest and holiest Buddhist Monasteries of the world, and offering one of the best views of the south-east face of Mt. Kangchenjunga, West Sikkim is a perfect amalgamation of nature and religious history. West Sikkim owes its tranquillity and calmness to the beautiful and age-old monasteries like Pemayansgtse and Sangachoeling.
Pelling makes one beautiful West Sikkim tourist place for both couples and families. Witnessing Pelling and its tranquility & beauty was truly a pleasure. We reached Pelling from Kalimpong to West Sikkim via Namchi and had the luck to seek Lord Shiva’s blessings in the ever so famous and equally beautiful Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple. Surrounded by emerald forests and on the edges of the glittering River Rangit, the temple is the oldest in the state. It is famously said, that whoever prays at the Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple, all his wishes are bound to come true if sought whole-heartedly. The temple is also a renowned Hindu pilgrimage site. The main attraction of this temple is the grandly celebrated festivals here, Bala Chaturdashi, in November – December every year, and the Maha Shivaratri festival which falls in February or March.
Trekking also took our heartbeats away, quite literally! The beautiful and very well-structured monasteries were a delight to visit, and chit-chatting with the monks sure helped us learn so many new things. The beautiful view made our evenings even more beautiful and just added to the whole experience. It’s quite easy to find tasteful food here as it is everywhere! Local cuisines made us lick our fingers and the cozy cafes and restaurants felt just like home.
Arriving in Pelling, West Sikkim was a long trip from Kalimpong, so we decided to stay in our hotel room for a while to wear off the tiredness, and relax.
The beauty surrounding Shiva Temple in Pelling, West Sikkim
Later, we took the full-day trip to Pemayangtse Monastery, the most renowned, three-storeyed monastery in the state of Sikkim and Glass Skywalk, the oldest monastery in the Sikkim, with a beautiful glass skywalk.
Then was our full-day trip to the surreal Khecheopalri Lake, a wishing lake in forested surrounds, and a popular pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. And Shingshore Suspension Bridge followed by the mesmerising Kanchendzonga Waterfalls and an overnight stay in Pelling, putting an end to this amazing trip to the West Sikkim.
We loved our visit to Khecheopalri Lake in Pelling, West Sikkim
Who wouldn’t want to see Kanchenjunga Falls.
1. Lotus Bakery – Famously known for its decent and delicious bakery, and amazing food to keep coming back for.
2. Hotel Kabur Restaurant – Their must-try includes Momos and Thukpa.
3. Big Bowl – This one’s a winner as along with tasty and hot served food they also have a very friendly staff.
4. Melting Point Restaurant – Known for its great food and a tranquil view to accompany your food with.
5. Havmor – It is famous for serving a variety and tasty vegetarian food.
1. Geyzing Bazaar – Visit Geyzing Bazaar if you want to treasure the memories of Pelling tour. Approximately situated 10 Kms from the center of Pelling, this market was started by a monk of Pemayangtse Monastery, considering the need of the local people and assisting them in covering their daily needs from here.
2. Lama Tenzing Wangdak Place – You must not miss this market in Pelling if you are in the mood to shop. It has a large variety of products which you just can’t miss out on.
3. Rural Artisan Marketing Center – You will find traditional clothing along with local crafts, wall hangings, and unique souvenirs for travelers. This place can also be explored for organic local items like Tibetan tea, cardamom, walnuts, etc. The market has rich cultural items and many other things.
4. Rinchenpong Bazaar – It is more a local market however this market offers a lot of options for everyone. You can’t return empty-handed from here. From ironware, utensils, rugs, carpets, brassware to traditional textiles, everything is available here. This is one of those places you can’t miss out on.
5. Bermiok Bazaar – Located in the center of the city and one of the popular tourist attractions, you’ll find a lot of daily use products in this bazaar as it is quite frequently visited by the locals for their needs. Travelers will get a variety of leather products, camel leather items.
Staying at the Magpie Chestnut Resort added to the whole experience. It’s a great place to perfectly witness the beauty of snow-clad Kanchenjunga. It is safe to say that Magpie Chestnut Resort is a sophisticated boutique hotel offering premium services and very warm hospitality. You can easily witness panoramic views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga Mountain range from the comfort of your cozy rooms. At the same time, you get to relish delicious buffet prepared with a lot of love by the staff members.
Magpie Chestnut is a stunning resort in Pelling, Sikkim
The hotel lit up during the night time.
Your Sikkim trip doesn’t have to wait anymore. Plan your trip now & hopefully this guide would come in handy!
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