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. The whole compound is an oasis of calm and, though su…
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.
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…
Monastery in Gangtok

Enchey Gompa

On the city's northern outskirts, approached through rustling conifers, Enchey is a small but appealing Buddhist monastery that is, in a sense, Gangtok's raison d'être: it was the site's perceived sanctity that attr…
Park in Gangtok

Banjhakri Waterfalls

If you're taking the back route to Rumtek via Lingdom Gompa, this modest waterfall is possibly worth a 10-minute stop. It's located in a jungle-park around which are dotted life-size statues of semi-mythical animist…
Buddhist Pagoda in Gangtok

Changchuk Chorten

Barely five years old, yet very classic in appearance, this whitewashed, hollow stupa contains colourful murals and a giant copper prayer wheel embossed with gilded Tibetan script.
Gardens in Gangtok

Flower Exhibition Centre

Especially during late March and April, when alpine flowers are in bloom, it’s worth peeping inside this modestly sized covered garden, which has changing displays of potted flowers around a central pond. It's often…