Pelling is located in the state of Sikkim at an average elevation of 2,150 meters above sea level. The town (which is also a hill station) lies amidst the foothills of the snowcapped Eastern Himalayas and provides panoramic views of the surroundings and mountain peaks like Kanchendzonga which is the 3rd highest peak on Earth. Most of the terrain is rocky with montane forests and few hill slopes which have been converted into terraced farms.
Pelling is a primary location for trekkers and mountaineers who prefer to set their base here before moving on to the high altitude trek routes into the snow capped Himalayas. The culture in Pelling is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism with several Buddhist monasteries located across the town. Tourism is recently popular activity in Pelling due to his incredible natural and cultural treasures.
Pelling enjoys one of the most perennial climates in India due to its location at the Himalayan foothills with mild summers and chilly winters with occasional snow. The summer months from March to May enjoy a mild and pleasant weather with temperatures rarely exceeding 28 degrees. The monsoon months start from July and last till early September with heavy rainfalls which prohibit tourists from visiting. The winters start from late-November till February with chilly temperatures which can drop to -5 degrees during December and January with occasional snow.
Village tourism is being largely promoted in Pelling by the Sikkim Tourism Department due to the natural and cultural resources that the town houses. It is also a favorite spot for the trekkers to setup their base before their trek expeditions into the higher altitudes. Pelling is also famous for its various waterfalls, monasteries and lakes which attract a large number of tourists.