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The pleasant little town of Pelling is famous for magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains of Kanchenjunga. Feels like you can literally stretch out your hands and touch the peak, Pelling is about 133 km away from Siliguri and 125km from Gangtok and well connected by bus, taxi and helicopter services.
Placid Pelling pulls most of the visitors for its representative status in history, nature and culture of the state.
Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft, it offers good view of entire mountain ranges including the Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Kabru, Dom, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, Siniyalchu and others.Pelling is as close as you can get to Kanchenjunga without leaving the material comfort of good hotels and due to its advantageous location.
Around 10 kms from Gyalshing (District Headquarter), Pelling is today emerging as the second biggest tourist destination in the state after Gangtok. Although in itself it is little more than a strip of road lined with hotels, its main USP is the breathtaking view it offers of the Khangchendzonga and surrounding ranges, as well as the easy access it provides to tourist spots in the area.

Pemayangste monastery is less than a kilometre from Pelling, while a 40 minute walk on the hill opposite the monastery takes you to Sanga Choling monastery built in 1697, one of the first in the state. Pelling’s serene environment and picturesque setting is perfect for nice nature walks and small treks. A destination for all seasons, Pelling has hotels and resorts catering to all budgets.

Named after the guardian deity of Sikkim, Khangchendzonga Festival is held at Pelling every year. It offers a host of fun activities like white-water rafting on the Rangit, kayaking, promotional trekking, mountain biking, sightseeing, traditional sports and bird- watching. The festival also includes Flower exhibitions, traditional crafts and ethnic food and costume stalls. Cultural folk dances and music add colour and sound to the festivities. The festival is aimed at balancing all diverse aspects of the area to produce a holistic package showcasing its potential for tourism.

Rabdentse just 10 Kilometres of Pelling was the second capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Sikkim after Yuksom and till the year 1814 AD, the King of Sikkim had ruled the State from this place. Today, the ruins lie hidden from the main road at a walking distance from the Hotel Mt. Pandim and the Pemayangtse Monastery.  It can be approached by following a footpath which branches off from the main road just below the Pemayangtse Monastery. The scenic view form the top of the ruins scanning across the deep valley to the mystic heights of Khang-chen-Dzonga ranges is something to be cherished and etched in memory.
Rabdentse was acknowledged to be the second capital of Sikkim. With the passing time, Rabdentse was desolated and ravages of time turned the royal capital into ruins. Located in West Sikkim district, Rabdentse is regarded as an archaeological site that truly peeps into the history of Sikkim. Rabdentse ruins have been preserved by the Indian Archaeological Society. Today, the ruins of this ex-capital of Sikkim act as a tourist attraction reminding the royal aspect of this place.
Rabdentse Ruins are not observable from the main road. The place is easily accessible from Pemayangtse Monastery or you can also trek through a two kilometer path amidst the forest that starts from Pelling and goes till Geyzing. While strolling on this path, you would definitely enjoy the green thick forest around. Actually, it lies a little below Pemayangtse Monastery and the same path takes you to the monastery too. You can easily trace Steppe eagle, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Rufous-capped Babbler, Black-eared Shrike Babbler and Dark-breasted Rosefinch while walking through the forest.

On reaching the site, you can see the ruins of the Palace that used to be the abode of Sikkim monarchs. From the top of the monument, you can witness the picturesque sight that scans across the subterranean valley to the baffling heights of Khangchendzonga. This vista is incredible and something that would become a memorable part of your reminiscences. Tourists come to visit these palace ruins to get the glimpse of Sikkim's history, while enjoying the striking landscape as well.

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