Welcome to Pelling
Helpful agencies make excursions easy to organise. Within 3km of Pelling along the same series of ridgetops are the ruins of an 18th-century palace plus two historic monasteries: busy Pemayangtse Gompa and more peaceful Sanghak Choeling, now overlooked by a gigantic Chenrezig Statue which is visible for kilometres.
Around 9km east (6km by a supersteep shortcut) is the much bigger commercial and transport centre of Geyzing (Gyalshing). In between, little Tikjuk hosts West Sikkim's administrative complex – go there for permit extensions.