Sikkim Adventures: Pelling

The reflection of a prayer flag in a puddle

Early August, 2010

From Kalimpong, Jonathan and I did indeed venture on to Sikkim.  We took a jeep to Pelling – a little town nestled in the hills.  There we ventured to the Pemayangtse Monastery and then stopped at a very fancy hotel just to have a look.  We ended up getting cornered by one of the owner/managers – an interesting man from Australia who had a very colonial flavor to him. Jon and I listened politely but with some discomfort to his ramblings about Bengalis and Nepalis – the price I guess we paid for our hot chocolates, or perhaps they were lattes, that were on the house.

The Monastery itself was beautiful, but there wasn’t really any in to learn more about the history or the lives of the monks.

Gate to Pemayangtse Monastery

Monks' lodging and laundry?

Large Prayer Wheel

Tibetan translation, anyone?

We also found ourselves up at a smaller monastery where a funeral for a woman who had committed suicide was taking place.  The woman’s widower asked to have his photograph taken with us, and we complied. Our foreignness alone was enough to make us photo-worthy, but our ability to speak Nepali and speak it well often gave us almost-celebrity status in the Darjeeling hills, Sikkim and parts of Nepal.

Stuppa and prayer flags at smaller Pelling Monastery

Looking Somber: me, Jon and the widower


About Thandiwe

Hopeful cynic, creative, seriously silly, lover of people and places, hypocrite, third-culture kid, queer, life-long learner, white woman, Christ follower, outdoor enthusiast: I am a seeker of justice and truth who has re-found my spiritual home in progressive Christianity. I serve as the Associate Pastor at a small Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation near the mountains of Colorado where I live with my beloved.
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4 Responses to Sikkim Adventures: Pelling

  1. I was there in 2010 and just loved the place. Your photos from early mornings are just beautiful!!!

  2. Lee says:

    Wonderful variety of photos. Hoping someday you will decide to join PLANET EARTH groups. I am sure our members from around the world would enjoy your photos.

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