The name "Pelling" is derived from Lama Pema Lingpa, who meditated near the "Helipad" of present day Pelling. From a sleepy, picturesque hamlet comprising a few houses till as late as 1996, Pelling has undergone a rapid transformation. The Elgin Mount Pandim offers a unique and personal tryst with the Himalayas. Set in eight acres of virgin forest and landscape gardens, it revokes the old charm of its first owners - the royal family of Sikkim and offers a peaceful retreat about one hundred and fifty kilometers from Siliguri, with a glorious view of the Singalila range. The three hundred year old Pemayangtse monastery is right next to the resort, on a verdant hill top covered by moist temperate Oak Forests. It offers an excellent vantage paint for watching rare birds including the Green-tailed sunbirds, Rufousgorgeted Flycatchers, Scimiter Babblers and Laughing thrushes.
Changey Waterfall is located about 10 km away from Pelling, on the western slope of Pelling district of Western Sikkim. Situated at a height of about 300 metres, these falls are on the way to Dentam Valley. While descending, these falls disappear into the extensive greenery around the waterfall and because of the whiteness of the waterfall it appears like a great white line, with the backdrop of dense green vegetation.
About 28km from Pelling and about 18km further than Rimbi and 5km before Yuksom is Kangchenjunga Waterfalls, which is situated at a sharp curve on the road side. The falls being very big in size and equally attractive throughout the year, it has become one of the leading tourist spots in West Sikkim. Until a local tour operator of Pelling named Topjor Bhutia discovered it in the mid 90s, the falls was not well known to tourists and even the locals who passed by it, as this is not easily seen from the road because it is hidden.
It is located in West Sikkim district nearly 35 kilometers from Pelling / Pemayangtse. This lake is considered as a sacred with Maghe Purne and Chho - Tsho festival held every year. It is served by two perennial and five seasonal inlet. The depth of the lake reaches slightly over eleven meters with an average depth of nearly seven meters. The catchment's area is nearly twelve square kilometers. It is situated near Khecheopalri village. This lake was originally known as Kha - Chot - Palri literally means the heaven of Padmasambhava. It is considered a sacred Lake for Buddhists and Hindus and is called the wish fulfilling lake.
Pemayangtse literally means perfect sublime lotus. This is one of the oldest and most important monasteries of Sikkim. Founded in 1705, this monastery belongs to the Nyingma-pa sect. The 3-storied building of the monastery houses a good collection of wall paintings and sculptures. On the 3rd floor of the monastery, there is a 7-tiered painted wooden model of the abode of Guru Rimpoche, complete with rainbows, angels and the whole panoply of Buddha and Bodhisattva. In January-February every year, a religious dance called 'Cham' is performed in Pemayangtse.
When descending from Pemayangtse Monastery you can take a left turn and take a walk for 10 min to reach to the gateway of Rabdanse Ruins. The ruins lie hidden from the main road. The walk towards Rabdantse is through a forest area with some rare species of orchids and a few lakes. These lakes are also home to local carp fish. There are good views from the top of the ruins looking across the deep valley and to the Khang-chen-Dzonga ranges.
A bit further along from Karchen hydro electricity powerhouse, is Sewaro rock Garden. This is a tourist picnic spot developed by the department of tourism. It is surrounded by dense greenery and flowers & equipped recreational amenities including fountains, resting sheds, flat stone foot paths, large gardens, cafeteria, swimming pool, ponds and handsomely maintained rocks (stones). In the 2nd week of January every year the celebration of Maghe mela is held along this river belt.
About 12km away from Pelling and about 5km further down from Darap village, is Rimbi River Bank, which falls on the way to Khecheopalri and Yuksom. River is beautiful and breath-taking, but it is only in the winter when river water decreases and becomes gentle, the tourists with families go right inside the river bank and enjoy the river and local children are found doing fishing.
Distance 2 km from Pelling is the second oldest monastery in Sikkim, built in the year 1695 by Lhatsun Namkha Zigme situated on a hill, amidst thick pine forest opposite to Pemayangtse monastery. The admission in this monastery is limited to the families from Bhutia, Lepcha who are Buddhist by faith and the ethnic communities of Sikkim. In the early period, there used to be the monks admitted also from the limbo community along with Bhutia and Lepcha.
The footpath heading further west of Sangachoeling Monastery through the dense forest and ridge, roughly about three hours walk gets the visitors to a site named Rani Dhunga, where there is a big unmoving rock. Every year on the eve of Ramnawami, large number of pilgrims visit this site, the big stone which the pilgrims believe to be the emanation of god or goddess. Besides the site being sacred for both Hindus and Buddhist, it is suitable for a day jungle trek during the season of wild orchids and flowers.
Reshi hot springs at Sikkim is located en-route to one of the most popular trekking routes of Sikkim. In winter, many pilgrims and patients from Bhutan, Nepal, West Bengal and within Sikkim gather here for having dip. There is large gathering of pilgrims with eating places, shops and huts available on rent on this river bank in winter.