Pelling – A Pristine Destination in Sikkim
Pelling is a gem of a place, still pristine and pure, it is about 135 Kms. from Siliguri and about 115 Kms from Gangtok, the Capital of Sikkim.
The road trip from Siliguri to Pelling is really exhilarating and you feel sanctified as you breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in the unalloyed terrain, which is a feast to the eyes.
There are quite a number of hotels to choose from, once in Pelling; to suit one’s budget. During our trip we stayed at Hotel De Regency, a clean and comfortable hotel with an excellent view of the Kanchenjunga Mountain ranges from our room’s.
As we were there during the Off season(November), we pretty much had the Hotel and indeed the place to ourselves.The hotel served good food and was spick and span.
One can go for long walks and marvel at the greenery and cool climes, the view of the Kanchenjunga Mountain ranges always keeping you company.
We drove down to Khecheopalri Lake, originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava), is a sacred Lake for both Buddhists and Hindus, which is believed to be a wish-fulfilling lake. It is located near Khecheopalri village, it is a serene place with a peaceful aura and far,far from the maddening crowd. Near the entrance to the lake there is a small Monastery which has a giant Prayer wheel.
Other places to visit around Pelling include the Kanchenjunga Falls, Singshore Bridge and the Rabdentse Ruins.
Do check out our article on Ravangla in Sikkim here – Ravangla- An Accidental Discovery
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