Pelling attractions

Buddhist Monastery in Pelling

Pemayangtse Gompa

One of Sikkim’s oldest and most significant Nyingmapa monasteries, Pemayangtse is atmospherically backed by traditional wood-and-stone monastic cottages descending from a 2080m hilltop towards the Rabdentse ruins. T…
Buddhist Monastery in Pelling

Sanghak Choeling Gompa

At least until the vast new Chenrezig Statue is completed, this monastery complex is a calm, meditative place with fabulous views, set photogenically behind a collection of seven stone stupas, attractively unpainted…
Historic Site in Pelling


A few partially rebuilt wall-stubs are all that remains of the palace complex at Rabdentse, which was Sikkim's royal capital from 1670 until it was sacked by Nepali forces in the 18th century. Its main selling point…
Buddhist Monument in Pelling

Chenrezig Statue

To complete its 'set' of gigantic Buddhist figures, Sikkim is building a huge statue of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) around 500m beyond the Sanghak Choeling Monastery. As yet only the superstructure of the plinth is …
Viewpoint in Pelling


Just ten minutes' stroll from Upper Pelling's Zero Point junction, the helipad is about the best viewpoint around, with almost 360-degree views. During the walk up you'll have more views, notably the silhouette of N…
Waterfall in Pelling

Changgi Falls

Worth a couple of minutes' stop if you're driving the Pelling–Rinchenpong route, these sidestepped falls have a 26m centrepiece drop and two colourfully painted overlook rotundas from which to appreciate it. Stand b…
Gate in Pelling

Rabdentse Entry Gate

The nearest that a vehicle can get you to the Rabdentse site is this main gateway, 1km short of the ruins. Visitors must walk from here, encouraged by motivational signs courtesy of the Indian Archaeological Survey,…
Viewpoint in Pelling

View Tower

This octagonal, five-storey observation tower painted bile-green was expensively built in 2009 but is of little value as the panorama to the north is blocked by tall trees. It's only really useful as a landmark for …
Buddhist Site in Pelling

Juthi Rock

Easy to miss as you wander by, this flat, unembellished stone is said to have been the point at which Lhatsun Chenpo sat to rest after founding the then-small shrines at Sanghak Choeling and Pemayangtse.