Scenic Gangtok is the capital city of the Himalayan state of Sikkim and is known for its preservation of the Tibetan culture. At this beautiful location, you’ll be entranced by green valleys, stunning flowers, and amazing views including the snow-topped Khangchendzonga National Park on a clear day. You’ll find a wide variety of restaurants and shopping outlets to choose from in this cosmopolitan town and the main pedestrianised MG Marg main street is the perfect place to unwind.
An unforgettable way to see Gangtok is via the cable car that glides over the city offering fantastic views of the surrounding area. The journey is 1km long, includes three stations and takes around ten minutes each way. Try to stand at the downward facing end of the car for the best photo opportunities, which include the Deorali bazaar, Kanchenjunga snow peaks and valleys and the river flowing around 3500 feet below.
Perched on a hilltop, Rumtek Monastery is one of the largest and most impressive monasteries in Gangtok. The monks that live here perform the sacred rituals and practices of Karma Kagyu, a lineage of one of the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Within the complex are many sacred objects including the magnificent Golden Stupa which contains precious relics of the Sixteenth Karmapa. The complex also houses the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies and a stupa walkway, where monks, pilgrims, and visitors alike perform kora, a meditative practice.
Established in 1958, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology promotes research on the religion, history, language, art and culture of the people of the Tibetan cultural area. The centre’s library hosts one of the largest collections of Tibetan works in the world outside Tibet, along with a museum of Tibetan iconography and religious art. Over the years, the Institute has published numerous books and has produced the Bulletin of Tibetology since 1964.
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