Pelling's raison d’être is to provide hordes of visitors with stride-stopping dawn views of white-robed Khangchendzonga. At first glance the small town is an architecturally uninteresting cascade of concrete hotels tumbling down an otherwise gorgeous woodland ridge – but walk a little and you'll quickly find yourself wandering through beautiful natural forest.
Helpful agencies make excursions easy to organise. Within 3km of Pelling along the same ridge-top are two historic monasteries: busy Pemayangtse Gompa and peaceful Sanghak Choeling, plus the ruins of the 18th-century royal palace of Rabdentse. Directly below the latter is Tikjuk, West Sikkim's administrative complex (for permit extensions), from where it's another 3km to the commercial and transport centre at Geyzing (Gyalshing).