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A Week in Pelling

September 14, 2020

After a very exhausting and fulfilling 10-day Goechala Trek in Sikkim that took me to the base camp at Kanchenjanga, I was not ready to leave this Himalayan paradise. So, I decided to spend some time in the little town of Pelling on my way back, to rest and to explore. This was back in 2012 when Pelling was still a sleepy little town, not the tourist hub it is quickly becoming.

I spent my week lazing in the hotel, looking out to the Kanchenjanga, eating good Sikkimese food cooked by the locals, sketching the landscape and of course, hiking a little more to discover the magnificent past and culture as well as the natural beauty that is abundantly found all around in Pelling.

Here are a few snapshots of my time in Pelling.

[caption id="attachment_15959" align="alignleft" width="768"]blank The clouds and mountains play hide and seek…the view from my window. Image Credit: Anahita Suri.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15960" align="alignleft" width="768"]blank When the clouds finally give way to this magnificent view of the Kanchanjanga. Image Credit: Anahita Suri.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15961" align="alignleft" width="576"]blank Enjoying a piping hot bowl of Thukpa and the views. Image Credit: Anahita Suri.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15962" align="alignleft" width="768"]blank Entering Rabdentse- ruins of the second capital of the kingdom of Sikkim. These date back to late 1600s. Image Credit: Anahita Suri.[/caption]

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Ruins & Rituals in the Clouds- The rewards after an hour of hiking through the ruins of Rabdentse. Khatas being offered for the souls of ancestors. Image Credit: Anahita Suri.

[caption id="attachment_15965" align="alignleft" width="768"]blank Pemayangtse Monastery dates back to 1705. The beautifully and colorfully painted windows left me in awe. Image Credit: Anahita Suri.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15966" align="alignleft" width="768"]blank Khecheopalri Lake with the Buddhist prayer flags around it and the many myths about its wish fulfilling properties is a tranquil haven and worth the 34 km trek from Pelling. Image Credit: Anahita Suri.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15968" align="alignleft" width="300"]blank Prayer Flags and Stupas along the forest path up to the hidden treasure of Sanga Choeling Monastery. Image Credit: Anahita Suri.[/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_15969" align="alignleft" width="768"]blank And you finally reach the forgotten little Sanga Choeling Monastery, the oldest in Sikkim, built in 1697. There are no roads so the only way to reach up is a 1 hour hike! Image Credit: Anahita Suri.[/caption]

Unfortunately, it was time to leave, with the hope of going back there again to bask in the many natural, historical and cultural wonders.

Author: Anahita Suri, Assistant Professor, School of Fashion Design, Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID)

Disclaimer: The opinions / views expressed in this article are solely of the author in his / her individual capacity. They do not purport to reflect the opinions and/or views of the College and/or University or its members.

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