For us, a day or rather half a day was sufficient to explore Pelling. Since we had reached Pelling in the evening after the half day sightseeing tour of Darjeeling, there was nothing much for us to see as it was raining cats and dogs. We stayed in Mystic Nirvana Residency, which was the worst choice we had made. The sluggish service, impolite owner and false promotion on the internet put us in a black mood. Nonetheless, the excitement to get a closer look at Mt. Kanchenjunga surpassed every problem. We were lucky! We woke up to the clear skies and the bright glimmering rays of the sun brushing against the snowy white peaks of the world’s third largest mountain.
Having just 6 hours to explore the place, we followed this itinerary:
1. Rimbi Falls
2. River Orange Garden
3. Changey Waterfalls
4. Singshore Bridge
The sightseeing tours that are organized by the travel agents are done in two parts. The first part includes Rimbi Waterfall, River Orange Garden, Khecheopalri Lake, Kanchenjunga falls. The other part includes The Singshore Bridge, Changey Falls, Pemayangtse Monastery and Rabdentse Ruins. Since we did all the planning on our own, we customized the itinerary and visited the above mentioned four places. Why was Singshore Bridge on our list, you may ask? Because it is the second highest suspended bridge in Asia after Longjiang Grand Bridge, will be our answer.
We started from our hotel at 09:00 AM. Our first stop was Rimbi Falls. The waterfall is not a massive one. But at least we could get down from the vehicle and play in the water for some time. You will spend 15-20 minutes here.