Known for its iconic beauty, the town of Pelling is the second largest tourist destination after Gangtok. The main attraction of this place are its breathtaking and visually appealing views that one gets to see from Geyzing. Talking about the visually appealing views, one of the most highlighting features of this destination is the sight of Khangchendzonga National Park. The town of Pelling is also famous for activities like rock climbing, village tours, mountain biking.
It is believed that the town of Pelling was the first capital of the state. And during the historic times, it was the Namgyal dynasty that ruled over the kingdom of Sikkim from the year 1642 to 1975. The Namgyal dynasty is often referred to as the Chogyal dynasty that means the 'righteous ruler.'
According to another anecdote, it is believed that this kingdom was established by the fifth generation of the descendants of Guru Tashi. Guru Tashi was the prince of the House Minyak and belonged to the Kham district of Tibet. Then, sometime in the 8th century, it was also believed that Guru Rinpoche, who was the patron saint of Sikkim, had prophecised that the Chogyal dynasty would rule the region in the coming future.
It is said that between the years of 1642 to 1975 almost 12 different rulers of the Namgyal dynasty had ruled over this land. Then in 1982, the 13th Chongyal who was also known as the Wangchuk Namgyal had received the title of ‘Chongyal’.
Places to Visit in and Around Pelling
Darap Village. This place is like an undiscovered breath of fresh air. Inhabited by many ethnic groups this geographical area is known for its exceptional natural beauty. Anytime, you plan on visiting Sikkim, you must not skip travelling to this adorable village.
Sewaro Rock Garden. A natural hermitage developed by the tourism of Sikkim, this place is all about exploring the lush green landscape along with the flowery trees. It is just because of this that the place is also quite a popular picnic spot for exploring in Pelling.
Singshore Bridge. Located at a height of about 198 m this place is all about spectacular views along with incredible sightseeing destinations. It is also one of the highest gorges located in Asia.
Kanchenjunga waterfalls. Falling from a height of about 100 feet, the Kanchenjunga waterfalls is quite a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Majorly, the people come here due to its brilliant beauty. It is a very nice place to start with if exploring Sikkim is on your mind.
Kaluk. Situated within the lap of the Himalayan mountains, Kaluk is located at a height of about 1620 feet. It is a splendid place that is very close to nature. So, if you ever visit Sikkim then, you must not miss visiting Kaluk.
Kanchenjunga Festival. As the name suggests this festival has been named after the mountain Kanchenjunga. Furthermore, it is also considered as the biggest festival which is celebrated every year with loads of exciting activities like trekking, mountain biking, etc.
Jorethang Mela. This is one of the most popular cultural festivals of Sikkim and is also celebrated with quite a grandeur at the picturesque hamlet on an annual basis. One can witness a countless number of tourists here who come from different corners of the globe to be a part of its diverse variety of events that are inclusive of food shows, programmes, and river rafting.
The best time to visit Pelling are the summer months. During this time, the climate remains very pleasant ranging from 7°C to 28°C. During this particular time, one can see a lot of tourists and foreign nationals swarming up.
By Air. The nearest airport from Pelling is situated at Bagdogra at a distance of around 160 km. This airport has been really well connected with major Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata. This airport is located at the western part of Siliguri and is primarily operated as one of the civil enclaves at AFS Bagdogra of the Indian Air Force. After, you deboard at the airport, you will need to cover the remaining distance to reach your destination via cab or some other means of transportation.
By Road. The distance to Pelling via road can be conveniently covered via major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore. From these destinations, you would need to cover a distance of about 1,589 km, 2,413 km, 688 km, 2,672 km respectively.
By Train. The New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the best option to reach Pelling via train. Some of the good options are DBRT Rajdhani, Mahananda Express, Kavi Guru Express. After deboarding at the station, you will need to cover a distance of about 135 km.
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