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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. On Saturday, pay ₹300 after 6pm to join th…
Top Choice Tea in Gangtok

Golden Tips

This boutique tea store stocks a fine selection of beautifully packaged teas, mostly premium Darjeeling and Temi (Sikkimese) variants. A cafe-style tasting area allows you to sip from a choice of 48 types. A cup/pot…
Top Choice Korean in Gangtok

Mu Kimchi

Longing for perfectly prepared, authentic Korean cuisine? Then it's well worth climbing the 80 steps to Mu Kimchi, with an interior that cleverly cultivates a special ambience, balancing original bamboo ceilings and…
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…
Top Choice Bar in Gangtok

Downtown

Central Gangtok's most alternative little bar has seats like midget sofas with stuffing coming out, and guests seem to flout the no-smoking rules. Yet somehow the low-lit atmosphere works, with its curtained balconi…
Top Choice Books in Gangtok

Rachna Books

Gangtok's 'alternative cultural hub' as well as the city’s best-stocked and most convivial bookshop, Rachna also has a three-room B&B (rooms ₹1500 to ₹1900) and a jazzy little cafe serving French-press and filte…
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.
Bhutanese in Gangtok

Dekid

Fancy trying Bhutanese food? This pleasantly unsophisticated three-table place makes it straightforward by offering just two main styles to choose from: red-orange shakam curry using dried meat, and deliciously crea…
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…