Set in a picturesque ambience, offering breath-taking vistas of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other imposing Himalayan peaks, Pelling is counted amongst few of the hot spot tourist destinations in Sikkim. December every year, makes for a bustling month in this little hamlet, which comes alive with the extravagant Pelling Tourism Festival (also known as Kanchenjunga Winter Tourism Festival), calling a number of travellers and holiday makers from across the nation. For the ones seeking a cultural rendezvous combined with some unmatched adrenaline pumping adventure, this festival perfectly makes for the best choice, leaving them with loads of wonderful memories to be cherished through their lives.
History of the Festival
The tourism festival in Pelling first started in the year 2010 with the combined efforts of the district government officers, local NGOs and the Pelling Tourism Development Association in order to bring forward the hidden tourism potential of West Sikkim that in itself is replete with a number of ancient monasteries, the historical Rabdentse Ruins and a myriad of sightseeing attractions including lakes, waterfalls and gardens. Today, Pelling and its neighbouring towns are an emerging tourist spot, the credit for which primarily goes to the success of this great winter carnival which is now celebrated with much fanfare and zeal every year.
Duration of the Festival
The Kanchenjunga Winter Tourism Festival is celebrated every year for five days in the month of December at Pelling and other popular tourist spots like Uttarey, Yuksom, Tashiding and Rinchenpong in West Sikkim. Homestays, sightseeing tours, cultural programs and adventure sports competitions are some of the inseparable part of this extravagant carnival that aims at boosting tourism thereby, generating ways for a sustainable income for the local youth and their families.
Highlights & Important Rituals of the Festival
One of the biggest tourism-focussed events, Pelling Tourism Festival provides for a magnificent time to every kind of a traveller, be it a cultural enthusiast, an adventure seeker or a casual holiday maker. A myriad of activities including flower shows, cultural programs, ethnic craft & food exhibits, and traditional rural sports competitions keep the participants and the spectators busy. For those looking for their daily dose of adrenaline, there are arrangements for a plethora of adventure sports too, which primarily comprise of trekking, rock-climbing, paragliding, white water rafting, kayaking and mountain biking. Sightseeing, nature walks and bird watching are also an important highlight of the celebrations and which certainly, interest a major section of the visitors.