Pelling is the
nearest point to Kanchanjunga mountain, third highest peak in the world
& thirteen other snow-capped peaks.
Pemayangtse monastery situated at a height of 6840 feet
is the second largest monastery in Sikkim. This ancient monastery
belonging to the Nyingma-pa sect and is the head of all other monasteries
of this sect in Sikkim. The view of the mountain ranges from Pemayangtse
is perhaps one of the finest.
Location: Western Sikkim
Trekking & Sanga Choling
Best Time To Visit:
Mid- February To
May end & Mid - September To December
Sikkim's West District is
probably the most enchanting, certainly the most sacred place in the
Eastern Himalayas. It was here that in 1641 A.D. the first Chogyal(King)
of Sikkim was consecrated by the three great Lamas, at Yoksum. The oldest
monastery of Sikkim is also in this District.
Besides heritage sites and
monasteries, west Sikkim is extremely rich in biodiversity. It has a
mind-boggling array of flora ad fauna. The hills and valleys abound with
numerous orchid, primula, rhododendrons, marigolds, magnolia and cherry to
name a few. The exotic aroma of the large cardamom waft along mist-laden
hillsides, home of the musk deer and the red panda. Innumerable
butterflies flit among the verdant woods lending colour to the rich green
hue. Sikkim has more that 500 species of butterflies. Perhaps the pride of
the flora of West Sikkim are its dense rhododendron forests varying from
the towering giants of the lower regions to the dwarf varieties found
above the snow-line. The delicate flowers too are as variegated, from the
blood-red thomsonii to pale lilac to brilliant white.
West Sikkim is indeed a
favourite of the Gods, blessed with the rich and natural heritage of
Sikkim, truly a jewel of the Gods.
laid back, scenic, but rapidly swelling hamlet of Pelling, situated 2,085m
above sea level only 2-km beyond Pemayangtse, looks north towards the
glaciers and peaks of Kanchenjunga. High above the forest- covered hills, in an amphitheatre of cloud, snow
and rock, the entire route from Yoksum over
Dzongri La to the Rathong Glacier can be seen.
Pelling itself consists of little more than a road junction,
Helicopter pad and numerous hotels, creating the so-called "Bengali
Boulevard", a strip of highly unimaginative identikit concrete blocks.
Luckily, from most angles this development is hidden by the forested
slopes and Pelling offers numerous attractive walks and hotel terraces
from where one can gaze in awe at the world's third highest peak.