- Number of Rooms: 3
- Meal Plan: CP (complimentary breakfast)
This exotic homestay tucked between the grandeur of the majestic Himalayas is the perfect place to get lost and enjoy the best views of the Eastern Himalayan Range, particularly Mt. Kanchenjunga, yet all in the privacy and quietude of the woods. It takes 10-min drive from the city centre and is located in the heart of Pelling, West Sikkim.
The Father of the host is an excellent storyteller, an enthusiastic trekker and a man of immense local knowledge.
About the Location
Pelling has recently emerged as a very important tourist destination in Sikkim. It is situated at altitude of 7200 ft and offers a breathtaking view of the Khangchendzonga and surrounding ranges as well as provides easy access to tourist spots in the area. The scenic environment and picturesque setting of Pelling is perfect for nature walks and small hikes. Pelling being the centre of West Sikkim, all tourist spots can be easily covered through sightseeing tours without involving long tiring drive.
Pemayangtse monastery is 4 kms from Naku pelling. The mighty Khangchendzonga water falls is normally active throughout the year. Khecheopalri lake is one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim which remains hidden in the rich forest cover. A 198 metre suspension bridge, Singshore bridge in the highest bridge in Sikkim & second highest in Asia.
Pelling is a primary location for trekkers and mountaineers who prefer to set their base here before moving on to the high altitude trek routes into the snow capped Himalayas. The culture in Pelling is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism with several Buddhist monasteries located across the town. Tourism is recently popular activity in Pelling due to his incredible natural and cultural treasure
The popular ‘Kanchenjunga Festival’ is held at Pelling every year in December. It’s a great time to experience local food, ethnic cultural programs including local dance, traditional art & crafts, see wonderful flower shows etc. Many other activities also take place during this time including mountain biking, trekking, other traditional local sports etc.
How to Reach
Pelling is well connected via roads from the neighboring towns of Siliguri and Gangtok with several buses and taxis available from the bus stations. Reserved and shared taxis are also available from Geyzing with also lies at a short distance from Pelling. NJP railway station (Siliguri) is the closest station to Pelling. Bagdogra airport in Siliguri is the closest airport
Distance from Major Cities:
- Geyzing – 10 Kilometers
- Gangtok – 116 Kilometers
- Siliguri – 130 Kilometers
Things to do :
This is the most renowned monastery located in a place called Pemayangtse (2kms from Pelling). It was built in 1705 as a high class monastery for the pure monks (known in Tibetan as the Ta Sangs). This monastery was also given the full charge to take care of religious activities of the erstwhile King of Sikkim. The monastery has three storeys. You can see images of Guru Padmasambhava and his various manifestations on the first and second floors. The top floor is known as Padmasambhava’s palace and made with wooden structures, and is considered a masterpiece. Lively costumed and masked dance known as Guru Dragmar Chaam takes place at the monastery on 28th to 30th day of the 12th Buddhist month which usually coincides with the month of March.
Tashiding Monastery (16 kms from Yuksom)
Located on top of a hill that looks like a heart with the backdrop of majestic Kanchenjunga, this monastery is considered the most sacred in the whole of Sikkim. It was built in 1717 by Ngadak Sempa Chempo, one of the three lamas who consecrated the first king of Sikkim.
Yuksom is located 33kms from Pelling at an altitude of 5,800ft and at the southern fringes of Kanchenjunga National Park. It means ‘Meeting point of three lamas’. This is the first capital of Sikkim where three Tibetan monks met and enthroned the first King (Chogyal) of Sikkim in 1641. This was the beginning of Namgyal dynasty in Sikkim which lasted for 332 years. You can visit and see the coronation stone at Norbugang where the first King Phuntsog Namgyal was consecrated. Yuksom is the starting point for the well known Dzongri Goechala Trek. You can walk up to Dubdi Monastery on a hill top surrounded by forests (about 30 mins walk). This is the oldest monastery of Sikkim which was established in 1701. It was the hermit cell of the lama Lhabtsun Chenpo who had the highest seat out of three monks who enthroned the first king. You can see the statues of the three lamas. Other nice places to visit in Yuksom are the Kathoke Lake and helipad with lovely views of the mountains all around.
A lovely lake also known as the wish fulfilling lake located near Kanchenjunga Waterfalls and on the way to Yuksom. The lake is surrounded by forests. The water in the lake remains clean all through the year. It is said that a pair of swans pick up all the twigs that fall in the water and keep it clean. A leaf lamp floating festival is held on the lake every year on the 15th and 16th day of the first Buddhist month (February/March). This is when large number of locals come here for worshipping the lake and offer prayers. About an hour uphill trek from the lake (1.5kms) there is a monastery known as Khecheopalri Monastery from where the lake looks like that of a left footprint. There is enough car park outside the lake and you will find several stalls selling snack, souvenirs etc.
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