|The Peymayangtse Monastery||Located 140 kilometres (87 mi) west of Gangtok|
|Sangachoeling Monastery||Located on a ridge top above Pelling at a distance of 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Pemayangtse Monastery|
|Khecheopalri Lake||Located the West Sikkim district at a distance of about 30 Kms from Geyzing|
|Singshore bridge||Located about 25 km from Pemayangtse|
|Rabdentse Ruins||Located in West Sikkim district,|
|Sewaro Rock Garden||Situated 13 KM from Pelling and 30 minutes drive|
|The Darap Village||Located 8 kilometers from Pelling is a 20 minutes drive downhill passing through cardamom groves|
The Peymayangtse Monastery
This Monastery is highly esteemed by the Sikkimese. Built at an altitude of about 2085 meters and almost 118 km away from Gangtok, this impressive monastery is built of wood and scintillates with elegance and charm against a brilliant backdrop of the snow capped Kanchenjunga
The native meaning of the term ‘Pemayangtse’ is a ‘Perfect Sublime Lotus’. Built in 1705 by a Lama known as Lhatsun Chempo, this spiritual hub was supposed to be the abode of the ‘ta-sang’ Lamas. However, over a period of time it has opened its doors to monks from all walks of life.
The Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the veritable centers of the Nyingmapa, a Tantrik sect of Buddhists. The followers of this sect can be easily identified by the red caps that they wear unlike the yellow caps of the others sects.
The Pemayangtse Monastery also boasts of a rich collection of rare Buddhist antique idols, carvings, scriptures and sculptures. Paintings on various themes of Tantrik Buddhism adorn the inner walls of the monastery. The most acclaimed treasure of the Monastery is Dungzin Rimpoche's beautifully detailed illustration of 'Sangthopalri' or Heaven
Built in 1697 A.D., the Sangachoeling Monastery comprises one of the oldest gompas in Sikkim. It is situated atop a high ridge and is considered to be extremely sacred by the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhists. One can easily reach the Sangachoeling Monastery in forty five minutes by taking a trek trail that also passes through a forest.
The Khecheopalri Lake marks an amalgamation of the Buddhist and Hindu culture. While the Buddhist monks consider this lake to be auspicious for a different reason, the Hindus are of the view that it bears the footprints of Goddess Tara, an incarnation of Goddess Kali.
Adding to the belief of the people is the fact that though the banks of the lake is populated with towering bamboo trees and dense forests, the water of the lake is surprisingly free from leaves all throughout the year. This is primarily because of the dense population of ducks in the lake, who pluck the leaves no sooner than they have fallen on the water. This has made the Lake look even more clear and pure.
The Singshore Bridge is considered to be one of the highest bridges in Sikkim. Situated at a distance of about 25 km from Pemayangtse, this bridge has its claim to fame in the way it has been engineered to connect the two hills. This Bridge is a must-visit place for the tourists simply because of the enchanting views of the neighboring areas that it offers. The nearby waterfall adds to the charming quality of the bridge, thus making it almost picture perfect for the visitors
After Yuksom, Rabdentse Pass was the second capital of former Sikkim until the year 1814. The ruins of this place is located very close to the Pemayangtse Monastery, west Sikkim.
The breathtaking view of the staggering Kanchenjunga Range, from these ruins constitute a never to be forgotten experience by the tourists. This archeological site can easily be visited by a trek along a 2 km route in the middle of a thick forest that begins from Pelling and extends until Geyzing.
Sewaro Rock Garden
The Sewaro Rock Garden is a tourist picnic spot developed by the department of Tourism. Apart from lush greenery and gorgeous flowerbeds, the garden is also adorned with modern amenities like fountains, resting sheds, flat stone foot paths, large gardens, cafeteria, swimming pool, ponds, handsomely maintained rocks (stones). In the 2nd week of January every year the celebration of Maghe mela is held along this river belt.
Places around Pelling
The Darap Village
If you feel tired of the constant crowd in the places of interest, you could venture into the Darap Village, one of the virgin territories of Pelling. Tucked away into the Himalayan belt, this village is placed at an altitude of more than 1600 meters and therefore faces a temperature variation of -5 degree Celsius to 28 degree Celsius. Originally named Tharap, meaning a flat land this village is a rich showcase of rare and endangered species of Flora and Fauna. It is also a natural abode of the Limboo people and hence is even a storehouse of the, limboo culture and tradition. Darap village is rich in natural resources, bio-diversity and particularly very rich in cultures and customs of local tribes called ‘Limboo'.
The Darap Village is easily accessible from different parts of Sikkim. The nearest Railhead is 145 km away (4.5 hr drives) and the nearest Airbase is at a distance of 115 km (5 hr drives).
One can enjoy trekking, bird watching and many other village festivals during a stay in the Darap Village.