Pelling in West Sikkim (6800 ft) is known for its views of the Kanchenzonga range (Oct-March), old monasteries (Pemayangtse and Sangachoeling), Khechepalri lake (27 kms from pelling, motorable) Sangay waterfall (10 kms).
Pelling is a stopover covered enroute from Darjeeling to Gangtok, especially in winter when the views and the off-beat feel of the area and monasteries even compel a two night stay. However in Summer if idea is to cover the region quickly then it does not merit beyond a night stay. Yangtey at a few kilometers from the town centre on the other side of the hill is Yangtey and here one enjoy a totally cut off holiday. Guests can also choose to explore the area around on foot and visit nearby monasteries.
Biksthang (4500 ft), a hamlet (20 kms before Pelling area) to consider for a stay offers a spectacular View of Khangchendzonga (Oct - March) from all over and is an offbeat destination of sorts. From here Lhentse monastery and Rahu Ney (Caves) are accessible. Village tours in the vicinity of the area is possible.
Kewzing (24 kms) from Pelling is known for its homestays and experiential stays. Yuksom (< 50 kms) is known for Dubdi monastery and trekking.
Recommended stay duration – 2-3 nights, 1 night in transit Seasonality – Oct - March