Pelling is a small hill town in India’s West Sikkim district. Pelling is located at an elevation of 2,150 metres (7,200 feet). The town is 10 kilometres from Geyzing’s district headquarters and 131 kilometres from Gangtok. The two towns are linked by a regular bus service.

Local monasteries, rock gardens, waterfalls, Rani Dhunga’s holy rock, the imposing double-pronged Kanchenjungha Falls, the archaic quaint Singshore Bridge, the Changey Waterfalls, and the Buddhist-holy Khecheopalri Lake are all worth seeing in and around Pelling.

Rabdentse Palace Ruins – From 1670 to 1814, Rabdentse served as the second capital of the former Kingdom of Sikkim. The invading Gurkha army destroyed the capital city, leaving only the ruins of the palace and chortens standing. The ruins of this city, however, can be seen near Pelling and in West Sikkim district in the Northeastern Indian state of present-day Sikkim; Pemayangtse Monastery is one of Sikkim’s oldest monasteries and is close to the ruins.

Pemayangtse Monastery was founded in 1705 and is located in Pemayangtse (2 km from Pelling). Lama Lhatsun Chempo established the Buddhist monastery. The monastery is a three-story structure with paintings on the walls and statues of saints and Rinpoches deified on different floors.

Darap Village is a small village about 7 kilometres from Yuksom. It is primarily inhabited by the Limbu tribe, with small populations from other communities.

Rimbi Waterfall is located 5 kilometres from Darap on the way to Khecheopalri. It is the oldest structure in West Sikkim, having been built in the early 1970s during the reign of the last Sikkimese King. The state government has created the Sewaro Rock Garden here, which includes rocks, pathways, pools, manicured gardens, and other amenities.

 

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