A land of pristine lakes, picturesque waterfalls cradled by lush mountains whose horizons are guarded by mighty snow-capped behemoths and blessed by mystical chants from centuries old monasteries. Seems like a wonderland from a fairy tale? Very much so! And this fairy tale place is the sleepy little town of Pelling in Sikkim.
Pelling welcomes all visitors with a laid back atmosphere. With the omnipresent views of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga, the town soothes the tired souls of all travellers. Located in the West Sikkim district, at an altitude of 2,150 m (7,200 feet) Pelling is 10 kms from the district headquarters of Geyzing. The town is colloquially divided into Lower and Upper Pelling with the helipad ground sandwiched between them.
A paradise for the "escapists" trying to run away from the cacophony of the city lives, it is a hill station like no other. An atmosphere of peace hangs around the town, among chirruping birds and prayers emanating from the confines of the nearby monasteries. During the day, one is always under a canopy of green with the sun playing hide and seek from behind the branches and an awning of twinkling stars smiles back at night. An addictive fragrance from the mountain blossoms and incense sticks from monasteries fills the air while festoons of brightly colored prayer flags flutter away carelessly in the brisk Himalayan breeze.
Pelling offers an ensemble of places to visit with immersive experiences to take back and cherish for a lifetime. From gushing waterfalls to centuries old monasteries shrouded in seclusion, from ruins of the old capital to serene paths to walk on, Pelling has it all, under the ever present blessings of Mt. Kanchenjunga.