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Introducing Pelling

Pelling’s raison d’être is its stride-stopping view of Khangchendzonga at dawn (weather permitting, that is!). A 2km stretch of boxed-out tourist hotels that line its main thoroughfare, it's otherwise a characterless town frequented by hordes of local tourists through the year. Unsurprisingly, there's more noise and vehicle exhaust here than you bargained for, so once you've taken in the good views, consider moving on.

Pelling is nominally divided into Upper, Middle and Lower areas. A focal point of Upper Pelling is a small roundabout where the main road from Geyzing turns 180 degrees in front of Hotel Garuda. At the same point, minor roads branch south to Dentam and southwest to the tourist office and the helipad – which affords magnificent panoramic views at dawn.