Top things to do in Sikkim

Top Choice Buddhist Monument in Ravangla (Rabongla)

Buddha Park

With a breathtaking backdrop of Himalayan peaks, the gigantic, 41m-tall Buddha statue is one of Sikkim's most iconic sights. Finished in 2013, it's beautifully set in a large area of manicured lawns with piped mantr…
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 Buddhist Monastery in Kuluk & Rinchenpong

Resum Gompa

This wobbly old temple is a peaceful, half-forgotten delight with appealingly naive paintings and an incredible 360-degree mountain panorama. There's no road so you'll have to walk around 20 minutes up from Rinchenp…
Top Choice Historic Site in Yuksom

Norbugang Park

All aflutter with prayer flags, the Norbugang 'coronation park' is a historic woodland garden containing a small temple, a huge prayer wheel, a chorten containing earth from each corner of Sikkim, and the simple but…
Top Choice Buddhist Monument in Namchi

Samdruptse

Visible for miles, this 45m-high statue of Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) is painted in shimmering copper and gilt and sits on a lotus plinth high above Namchi on the forested Samdruptse ridge. Completed in 2004 on a…
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 Hindu Monument in Namchi

Char Dham

This unmissable feast of colour is a remarkable Hindu religious theme park crowning Solophuk hilltop, 5km southwest of Namchi. It brings together replicas of several great Indian pilgrimage sites including Rameswara…
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…