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|Elevation||2,150 m (7,050 ft)|
|• Official||Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Pelling is a town in the district of West Sikkim, India. Pelling is nestled at an altitude of 2,150 m (7,200 feet). The town is located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing. A regular bus service connects the two towns. However with the influx of tourists, the region is undergoing a metamorphosis, with the roads being repaired and hotels being set up.
The Himalayas and the Kanchenjanga may be viewed at close quarters from Pelling. Pelling also forms the base from where trekkers and other peripatetic adventurers undertake the strenuous and arduous treks in West Sikkim. The land around Pelling is still a virgin territory and is bathed with alpine vegetation, with numerous waterfalls lining the hillside. In the months of winter, Pelling is sometimes covered with a blanket of snow.
Pelling is 115 km from the state capital Gangtok and about 135 km from Siliguri, the nearest railhead and airport. Regular jeeps connect Pelling to the towns of Jorethang, Kalimpong and Namchi. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport.
Major Tourist Attractions
Places to visit in and around Pelling include the local monasteries namely Pemayangtse Monastery and Sangachoeling Monastery, the rock garden and waterfall at nearby Rimbi River, the imposing double-pronged Kanchenjungha Falls, the archaic quaint Singshore Bridge, the Chhange Waterfalls, the Khecheopalri/Khechuperi lake Khecheopalri Lake holy to Buddhists and ancient Pemyangtse/Pemyangshi Pemayangtse Monastery. Pelling has good number of hotels and Resorts to stay. One of the best heritage hotels in Pelling is The Elgin Mount Pandim Hotel which is very close to the Pemayangtse monastery. This heritage hotel was constructed by the royal family of Sikkim.The hotel gives an excellent vantage point for watching rare birds including the Green-tailed sunbirds, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatchers, Scimiter Babblers and Laughing thrushes.
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|Elevation AMSL||7,200 ft / 2,150 m|
Pelling has a helipad ground though there is no regular air service. Helicopters can connect Pelling with Gangtok on request.
The most popular school in Pelling is Government Senior Secondary School where students come to study from various places, up to 25–30 km away from Pelling. This school has some of the best teachers to teach about various subjects. The school is located at a picturesque location, on top of a mountain from where one can experience the scenic beauty of Pelling and the surrounding mountain ranges.
- Pelling travel guide from Wikivoyage