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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

Rabdentse

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

Helipad

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…
Multicuisine in Pelling

Hotel Garuda

It doesn't advertise its dining room as a restaurant and will only serve nonguests when the kitchen is quiet, but if you're staying at the Garuda don't miss their home-cooked Sikkimese food, including excellent chur…
Cultural in Pelling

Losar

Impressive chaam dances celebrating Tibetan New Year culminate with the unfurling of a huge gyoku (giant embroidered cloth painting) and the zapping of evil demons with a great fireball at Pemayangtse Gompa.
Tibetan in Pelling

Kabur Resto-Bar

This Pelling traveller classic creates a wonderfully cosy atmosphere at night with candles and colourful, half-lit globe lamps; by day the balcony has great views. The menu favours Tibetan soups, momo and taipoo – a…
Sikkimese in Pelling

Dynkhang

Behind carved wooden screens, this unique room looks like the setting for a medieval war council, with two rows of small tables in front of an antique Bhutanese stove. With a couple of hours' notice, the chef will p…
Cafe in Pelling

Lotus Bakery

If you are walking to or from Pemayangtse, it's worth popping into the lovably ramshackle Lotus Bakery, 1km from Upper Pelling junction, for a cup of locally grown Demajong Tea (₹15) or instant coffee (₹20). They al…