Places to See in Pelling
Pemayangtse Monastery :
Pemayangtse means perfectly sublime lotus. The monastery is one of the most important and oldest monasteries of Sikkim. It was founded Nyingma-pa sect in the year 1705 and is a three set building with a vast collection of sculptures and wall paintings. There is seven tier wooden model of Guru Rinpoche in the third floor of the building. Religious monk dance called Chamm is performed in the month of either January or February every year. The place is the start of the Dzongri Trail.
Kanchendzong water falls :
The waterfall lies on the way to Yoksam and falls 15 km before reaching Yoksam. This is one of the most beautiful waterfall and operational throughout the year.
This is a large village surrounded by Himalayan ranges. The village is stretched up tp 812.16 hectares of land in a basin-like valley. The village is connected by a road link to Gangtok and Geyzing. This place is the beginning point for trekking trail to Kanchenjunga. The village is unadulterated ensconced in the middle of dense forests. The place is accentuated by the architecture and history of Buddha legacy of the 17th century. The Kanchenjunga National Park is at the vicinity and is the most popular trekking center of the state.
Khecheopalri Lake :
Khecheopalri Lake is a holy lake, situated in the northwest of Pelling town. This is also as whishing lake, Sho dzo Sho or Kha-chot-parl lake. The lake is about 24 km from the famous Pemayangtse Monastery. When seen from the top the lake look like the footprint of Shiva. The lake is popular among adventurous and trekkers and one should stay here overnight to enjoy the serene beauty in the night. It is believed that birds do not let to fall a tiny small in the lake. This the most sacred lake of Sikkim. During Jan-Feb, festival takes place.
Sanga Choeling Monastery :
Located on the top of the mountain this is the second oldest monastery of Sikkim. It was built in 1679 and situated at a walkable distance from the main town of Pelling. For enthusiastic travelers, this place is a must visit. Take a walk for 45 minutes from the town though the journey has few uphills that require quite energy and effort.
Dubdi Monastery :
Dubdi Monastery is also called as the Yuksum Monastery. This is another Buddhist pilgrim located in the Buddhism of the Nyingma Sect which is close to Yuksum. This monastery was founded in the year 1701 and also named as Hermit's cell after the name of the founder Lhatsun Namkha Jigme. Dubdi means retreat and is the home to numerous elaborate paintings of well-known saints.