East Sikkim attractions

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

Tsuklakhang

Gangtok's 'royal' monastery has a very impressive centrepiece temple whose superb interior incorporates a pair of carved dragon columns flanking the main images.
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

If you're visiting the zoo, whose ticket booth is 50m away, it's well worth stopping at this viewpoint tower to survey a vast sweep of cityscape: notice the Royal Palace visible amid trees way beyond Enchey Gompa.
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 best-maintained zoos, this lushly forested park occupies an entire hillside. The star attractions are Sikkim's animal emblems, the red pandas, looking a little like cuddly toy foxes. There are also Him…
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.
Monastery in Gangtok

Enchey Gompa

On the city's northern outskirts, approached through rustling conifers, Enchey is a small but appealing Nyingma-Buddhist monastery that is, in a sense, Gangtok's raison d'être: it was the site's perceived sanctity t…
Gardens in Gangtok

Flower Exhibition Centre

Flower-wise it's less exciting than many a British garden-centre shop, but a visit to this small, covered collection of potted plants is perversely entertaining if only to watch colourfully dressed fellow visitors g…
Monastery in Rumtek

Old Rumtek Gompa

Old Rumtek Gompa is an oasis of peace, 1.5km beyond Rumtek proper. Originally founded in 1734 but thoroughly rebuilt, the prayer hall has an intensely colourful interior and picnic areas on the lawns.