is a lovely small town in the hilly region of the Indian district of West Sikkim. Pelling is located in the northeastern region of Sikkim at the base of the sprawling Mount Khangchendzonga. The city has had minimal developments in the recent past but is now opening up with a strong road network being put in place, in a recently witnessed development metamorphosis.
The natural environment setting gives Pelling a stunning scenic appearance from afar, and once there, the magnificent surrounding of the small town and its mountainous outskirts can be viewed from atop the ancient Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery. Other attractive structures in Pelling include the ancient Pemayangtse Monastery with its beautiful wall paintings, the Guru Padsambhava with its gold statue, and the Rabdentse Palace that dates back into the seventeenth century which is now a pile of ruins for tourists' attraction.
The environment is untampered with and is mainly virgin with minimal interferences. Visitors throng into Pelling to witness the powerful natural setting including numerous waterfalls on the hills’ sides as well as sprawling natural vegetation cover.
Pelling experiences a warm temperate climate that is Köppen classified as Cwb. The weather is majorly characterized by mildly cool to warm summers with high rainfall and mild and tolerable winters that are moderately dry. Spring and autumn are transitional periods and are mostly mildly warm and pleasant.
The warmest months of the year in Pelling are June
, and September
. They all register an average temperature of 25°C (77°F) on the warmest days and an average temperature of 18°C (64.4°F) on the coldest nights. The coldest month in Pelling is January
, whose highest temperature recording is 15°C (59°F) and the lowest recording 4°C (39.2°F).
Rainfall in Pelling is experienced in torrents during summer, and it may be accompanied by thunderstorms and minor floods in the lower altitude regions. The rainiest month in Pelling is July, registering the highest precipitation reading of 735mm (28.9"), collected from approximately eighteen rainfall days. The month with the lowest rainfall in Pelling is December
when the rain gauge barely receives 10mm (0.4") in precipitation from an average of only one rainfall day the entire month.
Due to the high rainfall during summer, the season receives the least amount of sunshine, totaling up to an average of four and a half per day, but has extended daylight hours of up to fourteen per day. Winter enjoys most of the sunshine, with up to seven hours of warm sun per day.
Pelling is a popular place to visit at any time during the year, but the peak of its tourist season is between October
and December. This time offers the best views of the town and its surroundings, as the weather is warm and sunny, and the days are clear enough for the scenic views of the mountains in the yonder. Between June and August should be avoided due to the high rains and frequent landslide occurrences.
Some of the local events to be celebrated include the Losar Festival that is held between January and February
to celebrate the Tibetan New Year and the famous Khangchendzonga Winter Tourism Festival held in December to celebrate the culture of Pelling amid outdoor activities and competitions.