Take In The Most Gorgeous Architecture At This Underrated Destination In South Asia

South Asia is known for its stunning Buddhist architecture. You'll find elaborately decorated temples, beautiful monasteries, and awe-inspiring places of worship throughout the region. If you've never been, you'll want to consider making a trip to take in the majestic grandeur of such buildings. You'll see a whole scene unfold in front of many of them, be it people making offerings, sitting in meditation, burning incense, or receiving instructions from monks. One place in particular that has numerous beautiful structures, temples, and monasteries that align with Buddhist architecture is Pelling, India. This town, located in the region of Sikkim, has sweeping views of mountains and is dotted with beautiful buildings that'll make your quest for Buddhist architecture a success.

You'll find colorful homes and many opportunities for outdoor activities here too. It's a beautiful town with beautiful sights and people, and of course, delicious food. Next time you're looking for a place to visit that's full of adventure and compelling architecture, consider staying in Pelling.

Incredible architecture

One of the most popular sites in the town is the Pemayangtse Monastery. A shrine that was initially built around 1650 A.D. eventually became the structure that stands today, and there's a small museum inside that you're welcome to visit. After you finish your time here, you can stop by the Rabdentse Ruins, which are close by. These ruins were constructed in the 17th century and were once a palace. Another lovely place to see is the Dubdi Monastery, which was built in the 18th century and has served as a community staple ever since. It's a colorful building adorned with intricate designs that's worth checking out. While you're touring these places, remember it's especially important to be a respectful tourist.

The Sangachoeling Monastery is another noteworthy stop. It's another beautiful monastery composed of Tibetan architecture. In addition to monasteries, there's also a Darap Village, which is comprised of quaint white homes with colorful roofs. It's the perfect place to relax, mingle with locals, and explore the surrounding area on foot.

Lodging and food

You can make Pelling a day trip and instead stay in the capital city of Gangtok, which is about four hours away, or, if you want more convenience, you can stay at one of the many hotels and resorts in Pelling itself — you might find yourself marveling at the hotel architecture too. The Udaan Olive Hotel and Spa is one of the few hotels with five stars on TripAdvisor. It offers luxurious rooms with immaculate views, as well as a bonfire. You can book just a room, or you can include one to three meals per day with your stay. The Elgin Mount Pandim-Pelling is another magnificent option that's been around since 1942. The resort features a spa and the option for a fancy afternoon tea.

Food is also a delight in Pelling. You can choose from delectable Indian food from places like Baby Reteen or Melting Point, scrumptious pastries from cafes like Lotus Bakery, tasty Chinese food from spots like Big Bowl, and plenty more.