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Pelling, according to me, can be described as the ‘Soul of Sikkim’. The sleepy little town, surrounded by thick alpine vegetation, and numerous waterfalls, possesses a certain charm that gives it its own unique identity. The mighty Kanchenjunga, in close vicinity, keeps a constant vigil on the town, as if guarding it from monsters and evil spirits..
Pellingis much more than Kanchenjunga. There are numerous facets to the town in general, and the entire region as a whole. The area is a part of the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit that involves the Pemayangtse monastery, Khecheopalri lake, Rabdentse ruins, Tashiding monastery, Dubdimonaster (Yuksom) and the SangaChoeling monastery.
It is one of the most well known monasteries in Sikkim. Built in the 17th century, it also happens to be one of the oldest in the state.
This heavenly lake, believed to be a wish fulfilling lake, is revered both by Hindus and Buddhists. Serene, yet striking, you have to be at one of its corner to feel the divinity.
Now in ruins, Rabdentse used to be the second capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim from 1670-1814. Destroyed by the Gurkha army, only few structures remain in the compound, that provide a hint as to what might and grace the place would have held in its heydays.
It falls en route Yuksom. The road side falls are definitely are definitely worth a visit. They are not that huge, but grander than the Rimbi falls, which you will pass by before reaching here.
With a tag of being the second highest suspension bridge in all of Asia, the Singshore Bridge is one of the landmarks of Sikkim.
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