Top things to do in Pelling

Buddhist Monastery in Pelling

Pemayangtse Gompa

One of Sikkim’s oldest and most significant Nyingmapa monasteries, Pemayangtse (literally ‘Perfect Sublime Lotus’) is 500m off the Geyzing road – turn north 2.2km east of Upper Pelling. It can get overwhelmed by dom…
Buddhist Monastery in Pelling

Sanghak Choeling Gompa

Near the foot of the vast new Chenrezig Statue, this monastery complex is a contrastingly calm, meditative place with fabulous views, with seven stone stupas on its south side that are attractively unpainted.
Historic Site in Pelling


A few partially rebuilt wall stubs are all that remain 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. However, it's worth the…
Buddhist Monument in Pelling

Chenrezig Statue

Officially unveiled in November 2018, this huge, four-armed statue of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) sits around 500m beyond the attractive little Sanghak Choeling Monastery, via a newly asphalted lane that climbs some…
Viewpoint in Pelling


Just 10 minutes' stroll from Upper Pelling's Zero Point junction, the helipad is about the best viewpoint around, with almost 360-degree views.
Tibetan in Pelling


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 towards the (distant) Chenrezig Statue. The menu has…
Cultural in Pelling


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.
Indian in Pelling

Newa Grill

For a classier meal with richer Indian sauces and more stylish seating than any other of the strip-hotel restaurants in Lower Pelling, head to this tasty choice in the Summit Newa Hotel (rooms ₹5000).
South Indian in Pelling


This bright, budget eatery with hatch servery and souvenir counter is the best place in Pelling for masala dosas (curried vegetables inside crisp pancakes).
Cafe in Pelling

Lotus Bakery

If you are walking to or from Pemayangtse, it's worth popping into the basic, loveably ramshackle Lotus Bakery, 1km from Upper Pelling junction, for a cup of locally grown Demajong Tea (₹20) and a delicious conical …