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Pelling – the secret treasure of the Himalayan Kingdom

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Pelling, nestled in a gorgeous terrain, is a sensory feast with so much to see and do, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions. Sitting at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, the altitude of Pelling rises to 7200ft.  

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Mt. Kanchendzonga is the protector of Sikkim! Every year a special Puja of Mt. Kanchendzonga is conducted at Pemayangtse Monastery, mask dance is a part of that religious festival! 

The Pemayangtse Monastery- This Monastery near Pelling is undeniably worth a visit for both inner tranquility and a scenic delight. It is one of the ancient monasteries in this region, having been built and planned by Lama Lhatsun Campo in 1705. The Bhutias only occupy this monastery from the Sikkim background, and only elite monks are chosen for a stay in this astonishing place. 

To escape from the monotony of everyday life and to enjoy a peaceful and enthralling outing, then a trip to Pemayangtse Monastery, located near this majestic place- Pelling, would be a perfect way for you to experience the sumptuous essence of Sikkim. This historic monastery is adorned with a plethora of artistic features as well as scenic vistas. Acquiring insights into the spiritual elements of this location will rejuvenate your body and soul, and also fill you with exuberance and energy. You may also get the privilege of watching some of the most amazing in and around this gorgeous site. 

Rabdentse site is a must see for the history-enthusiasts who want to dig into the state’s past in between the spectacular view of Kanchenjunga peak, mesmerizing clouds and the gushing river flowing through the foothills. 

Pathway to Rabdentse siteEven before the Rabdentse site, don’t miss some ancient sites right at the gate, aside from some extremely old worn-down stupas, Tsho Nam Chu is one of them. According to local folklore, in the sixth month of the Tibetan calendar, monks from the old Pemayangtse Monastery would visit Tsho Nam Chu to perform their yearly pooja at Daflhagang, Rabdentse. On one day, the monks would bathe in this lake and were allowed to have a little fun without any set of ethics imposed on them. 

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Simikok Chu, a mountain spring, from where water is sourced for the annual Tarkyap festival held at the Pemayangste Monastery.

Simikok Chu- A neighboring tiny pond, too is religiously significant. Simikok Chu’s water is believed auspicious since it is shielded from direct sunlight. Every year, the water from this pond is taken to the Pemayangtse Monastery to be used in poojas and ceremonies known as Tarkyap. 

“As I stepped on the stairs of the ruins which led me to the actual site, I forgot about what they told me about ‘Machu Pichu of India’” being awestruck Abhinav Singh explained, a solo traveler. “I loved exploring Rabdentse for what it is. The ruins took me to a world I didn’t know existed.” 

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The Changey Waterfall – the epitome of serene beauty. 

Changey Waterfall– The most spectacular waterfalls are those that emit a stark white color of water, the results of the tremendous power of the fall paired with the nature of the rocky cliffs on which it rests. The Changey Cascade is notable for its long white line, which appears owing to the whiteness of the waterfall against a backdrop of lush green foliage. 

This area is perfect for a tranquil trip amid nature. The beauty of the high-rise waterfall is alluring, and one can’t help but gaze at its refreshing beauty. As a popular tourist destination in Pelling, any season can be selected to visit, although the Monsoon season is ideal. Across from these falls lies the Dentam Bazaar, an ancient village bazaar that houses a cheese factory. 

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Rimbi Waterfall is a beautiful destination for unwinding and admiring at nature’s marvels. The tranquil settings of these falls make them a popular tourist destination. 

Rimbi WaterfallsAwe-inspiring Rimbi Waterfalls can be found 12 kilometers from Pelling and 5 kilometers from Darap Village. Rimbi waterfall is formed over the Rimbi River on the route to Yuksam and Khecheopalri Lake. A lovely oasis where you can relax, unwind and spend quality time with your friends and family. With their beautiful sounds, waterfalls become the focal point of any location, attracting a variety of birds and butterflies. Simply let go! Become enamored with the gorgeous scenery! 

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The magnificent Singshore Bridge is billed as Sikkim’s tallest bridge and Asia’s second highest gorge bridge. The bridge is an architectural marvel that extends 198 meters and is built between two hills. The bridge is roughly 5 kilometers from Pelling and is a famous tourist destination. 

Singshore Bridge With a height of more than 100 meters and a length of 240 meters, the Singshore Bridge is the tallest bridge in Sikkim and the secondhighest bridge in Asia. It is a man-made masterpiece that offers a stunning base view of enormous greenery that makes distinguishing between the lowlands and the mountains impossible. Once you’re standing in the middle of the bridge and a strong wind blows, you can feel the exhilaration. The river running over the uneven rocks, along with the gushing sound of the waterfalls, appears beautiful. 

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Pelling Skywalk is the first glass skywalk in India. This stunning long-bridge structure takes you to the giant Chenrezig statue. ‘Chenrezig’ is the depiction of Lord Buddha’s compassion. 

The Pelling Skywalk- The stunning long bridge construction which leads to the massive Chenrezig monument is India’s first glass skywalk. ‘Chenrezig’ represents Lord Buddha’s compassion. The statue is situated on a mountaintop near Pelling. The walkway (bridge floor) is constructed of clear glass, which adds to the excitement of the stroll. From the skywalk, soak in the breathtaking views of the lush green valley. 

With such amazing experiences waiting for visitors, no wonder Pelling is the secret treasure of the Himalayan Kingdom.