Top Choice Museum in Gangtok

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

The NIT's 1958 core building feels like a Tibetan fantasy palace, with corner towers, colourful mural frontage and a forest-glade setting. The main hall houses a priceless and well-explained collection of culturally…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Gangtok


Gangtok's 'royal' monastery has a very impressive centrepiece temple whose superb interior incorporates a pair of carved dragon columns flanking the main images. The whole compound is an oasis of calm and, though su…
Monastery in Rumtek

Rumtek Gompa

Rumtek is Sikkim's most spiritually significant monastery complex. It's essentially a self-contained village with a colourful main prayer hall that was built (1961–66) to replace Tibet's Tsurphu Monastery, destroyed…
Viewpoint in Gangtok

Ganesh Tok

Named for the tiny associated Hindu temple, this viewpoint tower is an eagle's perch surveying a vast sweep of cityscape. Notice the Royal Palace visible amid trees way beyond Enchey Gompa.
Hindu Temple in East Sikkim

Vishwa Vinayak Mandir

Officially opened In October 2016 at a cost of ₹138 million, this dazzling Ganesh temple depicts the elephant god in over 50 mudras (postures), with a grand, metallic, 16-armed version as the main hall’s centrepiece…
Monastery in Rumtek

Lingdum Gompa

Layered amid peaceful forests, Lingdum Gompa is arguably the most photogenic monastery in the Gangtok area. Its centrepiece is a large, attractive quadrangle leading to a five-storey main prayer hall. Inside, the ce…
Zoo in Gangtok

Himalayan Zoological Park

Among India's better-maintained zoos, the Himalayan Zoological Park occupies an entire hillside. The star attraction is a pair of red pandas, Sikkim's animal emblem, looking a little like small foxes. There are also…
Viewpoint in Gangtok

Tashi Viewpoint

When clouds lift, Gangtok's best glimpses of Khangchendzonga are from this roadside knoll at the junction of routes to Mangan and Nathu La, around 7km northwest of the centre.
Area in Gangtok

The Ridge

With gorgeous views to east and west through the trees, the city's green heart consists of manicured gardens at the northern end along with a handful of park cafes. Further south, you enter what almost feels like ju…
Monument in Rumtek

Golden Stupa

Around then behind Rumtek monastery's main prayer hall, stairs climb to a smallish room containing a diminutive but ornate golden stupa studded with turquoise and amber. This is the reliquary holding the ashes of th…