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Glass Skywalk, Pelling, West Sikkim Overview

The Glass Skywalk is India’s first ever skywalk, set in the picturesque town of Pelling in Northeast Sikkim. Built at an astounding height of 7200 feet, this colossal structure allows tourists to look down several thousand feet in the air, from the peak to the very bottom of mountains. The Glass Skywalk is not for the fainthearted, or for people with vertigo as walking on transparent glass at such heights can be spine-chilling!.

The Pelling skywalk is a transparent foot-over bridge made out of glass that is suspended hundreds of feet in the air. Since its inauguration in November 2018, the skywalk has become a major hub of tourists owing to the odd concoction of thrill and peace that it has to offer. There are several attractions that can be viewed from over the bridge including waterfalls, lush forests and monasteries. It is located adjacent to the marvelous statue of Chenrezig, which is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site. The skywalk overlooks the magnificent Kanchenjunga, as well as the Teesta and Rangit rivers, which flow alongside adding another dimension to the serenity of the place.

Places to Visit Around Pelling Skywalk

1. Chenrezig Statue

Chenrezig Statue
The Chenrezig Statue is one of the world’s tallest statues of Buddha which is considered to be a manifestation of Buddha’s compassion. It is located about 1.7 km away from Pelling skywalk (Read More)and stands at a height of a whopping 135 feet. The statue is a major tourist hub and one of great cultural significance amongst Budhists, who visit the site seeking Buddha’s blessings. It was consecrated by the Dalai Lama himself and recently unveiled by Pawan Kumar Chamling, the chief minister of Sikkim. The statue can be reached via stairs and once atop, one can feast their eyes on the scenic views of the valley. The meditative chants of the monks, the bustling skywalk and the serene weather makes for a blissful experience.

2. Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake
Located about 1 km away from the skywalk, Khecheopalri Lake is a holy site for Buddhists as well as Hindus. Ensconced in the sacred hill of Khecheopalri, it is considered to be a wish-fulfilling lake, (Read More) which is why it is frequented by tourists. The area around the lake is believed to be home to a hidden treasure blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, which augments the mystique of the lake.

3. Rabdentse Ruins

Rabdentse Ruins
Rabdentse was the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim, which was destroyed during the Gurkha invasion. The Rabdentse Ruins are the remnants of this ancient city, located about 60km away fro (Read More)m the skywalk. Now declared as an important Archaeological Site, the place is teeming with historical value. On a casual stroll through the area, one can see the “Namphogang”, the three Chortens and various other structures made out of stones, meticulously preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India.

4. Sanghak Choeling Monastery

Sanghak Choeling Monastery
The Sanghak Choeling is one of the oldest Monasteries of Sikkim, located about 3.5 km from the skywalk. Established all the way back in 1642 by Lama Lhatsun Chempo, it is rife with buddhist artifacts, (Read More) paintings and sculptures of Buddha himself and is thus a must visit for history buffs. Set amidst lush greenery, the monastery can be reached by trekking through a beautiful hilly terrain and sees a glut of Buddhist devotees every year.

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Guidelines in Place since Covid-19

1. During the first phase, only domestic travellers and foreign nationals residing in India will be allowed in the state. These tourists have to carry a certificate of their COVID-negative test as well as a travel card obtained upon registering on the tourism portal of Sikkim, at all times.

2. The tourists need to pre-book their stay in accommodations which follow the COVID protocols strictly. Meanwhile, the hotels are directed to not book accommodation for tourists who aren’t registered with the portal.

3. The tourists must carry protective gear like masks, face shields, sanitizers on their person at all times. Travel inside containment zones is strictly prohibited.

4. Elderly people, above the age of 65 and children below the age of 10 have been advised to avoid travel, since they are much more susceptible to be infected.

Best Time to Visit Glass Skywalk

The best time to visit Glass Skywalk in Pelling is from March to May. The weather is ideal for travelling and the sky is fog free, which prevents obscurity of the spellbinding views around.

How to Reach Pelling

There are a couple of easy ways for one to reach Pelling economically. The first is, reaching Geyzing, which is the largest town of the district and booking a cab to Pelling. This takes about 6 hours. The second way is through Siliguri, from where one can charter private vehicles and reach Pelling in about 4 hours.

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