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 going selfie mad, sometimes with a soundtrack of Bollywood hits – perhaps orchids thrive on rhythm?

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Gangtok attractions

1. Enchey Gompa

0.35 MILES

On the city's northern outskirts, approached through rustling conifers, Enchey is a small but appealing Nyingma-Buddhist monastery that is, in a sense,…

2. Tsuklakhang

0.38 MILES

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

4. Ganesh Tok

0.75 MILES

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…

5. 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…

6. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

1.29 MILES

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…

7. Lingdum Gompa

1.88 MILES

Layered amid peaceful forests, Lingdum Gompa is arguably the most photogenic monastery in the Gangtok area. Its centrepiece is a large, attractive…

8. Tashi Viewpoint

2.69 MILES

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…