There are two common tours for Pelling Sightseeing. When you take a package tour from us, one of this sightseeing is always included. One is a half-day Pelling Sightseeing tour and the other is a full day tour.
Half Day Sightseeing
Tourist staying at Pelling only for one night takes the half day tour and post lunch travel to their next destination. You have several options for this.
- Khechepalri Lake visits – In this tour, we will take you towards Khechepalri lake. On the way, you will visit the Rimbi waterfall, Rock Garden, Kanchenjunga waterfall etc. On the way, you may also stop over at Darap Eco Village. This is the most common half day tour itinerary in Pelling.
- If you have a shortage of time and do not want to travel much for Sightseeing, you may take our second half day tour option that covers destinations close to town. This tour covers Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabadantse ruins, Tikjuk viewpoint and Helipad ground.
- Alternatively, we can also provide you a half day tour of Pemayangtse Monastery, Sangay Waterfalls, Dentam valley, Alpine Cheese factory and Sing shore Bridge (One of the highest bridges in the world). Remember this is a long journey and if you have plans for travel in the afternoon, we may not recommend long sightseeing in the morning.
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Full Day Pelling Sightseeing
Full day Sightseeing is basically a combination of the half day Sightseeing tours. Here you have the following choices.
- Most tourists choose the Khechepalri lake tour in the first half and local sightseeing around Pelling in the second half.
- You may visit Khechepalri lake in the morning and then continue your tour further towards Yuksom (on the same route). In addition to the half day Khechepalri tour, you will also visit Phamrong falls, Singing stone, Kathok lake and Dubdi monastery (2 km hike) in this tour.
- Some tourists also combine the half day tour no 1 with 3 as given above.
What we suggest – If this is your first visit to Pelling we would suggest that you stick to the most common sightseeing tours. The option 1 of half day and full day tours are most common and highly recommended.
It will give you a striking view of the 137-feet-tall Chenrezig Statue of Pelling, a calm composed posture of Buddha. Chenrezig is the fourth tallest statue in the northeastern state. The skywalk has been built to provide an exquisite view of the gorgeous Chenrezig statue and the skywalk will lead you to golden prayer wheels on both sides and give you a panoramic view of mighty the Himalayas.
Pemayangtse literally means ‘Perfect Sublime Lotus’. This is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of Sikkim. Founded in 1705, this monastery belongs to the Nyingma-pa sect. The three-storied building of the monastery houses a good collection of wall paintings and sculptures. On the third floor of the monastery, there is a seven-tiered painted wooden model of the abode of Guru Rimpoche, complete with rainbows, angels and the whole panoply of Buddha and bodhisattva. In January/ February every year, a religious dance called ‘Cham’ is performed in Pemayangtse.
Sanga Choeling Monastery
It is located on the top of the mountain behind the town of Pelling. The distance to the monastery from town is about 3 km. The road is not motorable and one needs to take a 45-minute walk through a quiet path to reach the monastery. As a result, a visit to Sanga Choeling Monastery is not part of any of the regular itinerary. But if you have time and energy, the effort of the uphill walk is well rewarded with great views of Pelling and surrounding hills including great views of Mount Kanchenjunga that can be seen from the monastery compound. Built-in 1697 the Sanga Choeling is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. Sanga Choeling means ‘the island of esoteric teaching’. This Gompa is another of Lhatsun Chenpo’s creations and is highly venerated among the Nyingmapa. Gutted by fire, it has been rebuilt and houses some of the original clay statues. ALSO READ >> RIVER RAFTING AND CAMPING IN SIKKIM. This monastery is the second oldest in Sikkim. Since the place can only be reached on foot, even during high tourist season, the monastery is not crowded. One can still enjoy the great views among tranquillity.
Khecheopalri Lake is considered one of the most sacred lakes of Sikkim. The lake remains hidden under rich forest cover. It is believed that birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the lake surface. Your visit to Pelling is incomplete without a tour of this lake. more
This was the second capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim after Yuksom and till the year 1814 A.D., the king of Sikkim ruled the state from this place. Today, Rabdentse ruins lie hidden from the main road at a walking distance from Pelling and the Pemayangtse monastery. It can be approached by following a footpath which branches off the main road.
The scenic view from the top of the ruin scanning across a deep valley to the mystic heights of Kangchenjunga ranges is something to be cherished and etched in memory.
Sangay Waterfall: 10 km from Pelling.