• Hayde Fernandes

10 Touristy places to visit in Pelling

Updated: Sep 21

Pelling, in India's West Sikkim region, is an intricately structured town that provides beautiful sights of the Himalayas and Kanchenjunga. It’s the second most popular tourist destination after Gangtok and is an ideal place to spend a relaxing vacation.

It is not much more than a few streets surrounded by hotels and guesthouses with glimpses of Kanchenjunga. However, if you leave the town center, you'll find monasteries, streams, temples, and lakes within a couple of miles.

It has a range of options for nature lovers, cultural enthusiasts, and city folk, and it's the perfect break for a refreshing getaway. Pelling is encompassed by nature in all of its pristine splendor.

These are the 10 most touristy places to visit in Pelling if you are you’re a culture and history geek:

1. Kanchenjunga Falls

2. Rabdentse Ruins

3. Darap Village

4. Singshore Bridge

5. Khecheopalri Lake

6. Kaluk

7. Rimbi Waterfalls

8. Sewaro Rock Garden

9. Yuksom

10. Sangachoeling Monastery

Most Touristy places to visit in Pelling

1. Kanchenjunga Falls

Water of the Kanchenjunga gushing down a mountain
Photo by Trawell

One of the best sites to visit in Pelling has to be the majestic Kanchenjunga Falls. These waterfalls, nestled among the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, are a spectacle that cannot be missed. The green and white ambiance relax the eyes, while the constant glittering of the streams is soothing to the ears.

The waterfall is visible from the road, although a climb of around 50 to 60 meters is required to reach the main drops. You won't run out of energy because there are plenty of refreshment stalls throughout the area.

Fee: 20 INR per person

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

2. Rabdentse Ruins

The exterior of Rabdentse Ruins
Photo by Amitabha Gupta

Rabdentse Ruins of Pelling are an essential visit for people with an interest in Sikkim's historical past. It served as Sikkim's second capital between the 1600s to the 1800s, and so had a significant role in the history of the state.