Top things to do in East Sikkim

Top Choice Sikkimese in Gangtok

Nimtho

Beautifully designed with adobe walls and a mock-up earthen stove, Nimtho gives Sikkimese food a gourmet twist. Sample with a local thali (₹250 to ₹350), or à la carte with modestly sized portions of traditional dis…
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 Live Music in Gangtok

Cafe Live & Loud

Gangtok's most happening music bar bathes its drinkers in a tsunami of sound Wednesday to Friday evenings, when live bands typically crank out rock or alternative-pop sets from 7.30pm (cover ₹300). Saturday nights t…
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.
Top Choice Tea in Gangtok

Golden Tips

This boutique tea store stocks a fine selection of beautifully packaged teas, notably Temi (Sikkimese) and various flushes of premium Darjeeling. A calm, cafe-style tasting area allows you to sip from a choice of ov…
Top Choice Books in Gangtok

Rachna Books

The city’s best-stocked bookshop, Rachna doubles as an alternative cultural hub with talks, events, screenings and an excellent cafe (Temi tea ₹50, coffee ₹90–₹150).
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Gangtok

Yak Bar

Find the easily missed Tashi Delek doorway, then walk past colourfully ornate Tibetan patterning to this wide, open terrace with decorative foliage and fabulous valley views: a perfect setting for a sunset drink.
Top Choice Bar in Gangtok

Downtown

Central Gangtok's most alternative little bar has seats like midget sofas with stuffing coming out, a little performance space and murals of Marley, Lennon and Hendrix.
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.