Pelling, a quiet town, 125 kms from Gangtok, is situated 2,085 metres above sea level, in the district of West Sikkim, in the North-Eastern state of Sikkim in India. A travel to Pelling offers spectacular view of the Himalayan mountain ranges including Rathong, Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Dom, Kanchenjunga and others.
Pemayangtse Monastery which literally means the ‘perfect sublime lotus,’ is one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Sikkim. Founded in 1705 by the Nyingma-pa sect, this monastery houses a good collection of sculptures and wall paintings. In January-February every year, a religious dance called ‘Cham’ is performed here. The second oldest monastery in Sikkim, Sangachoeling Monastery, meaning, ‘the island of esoteric teaching’ is just 45 minutes walk from Pelling through wooded fields.
Khecheopalri Lake, lying hidden in the rich cover of forest, is considered to be one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim by the Buddhists and Hindus. Uttarey, which is just a 20-minute drive from Pelling, is a base camp for adventure tourism in the Singalila range trail. This serene but fast growing Indian town leaves an indelible impression on visitors.