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Sikkim Mountain Paradise
Immerse yourself in Tibetan Buddhist traditions by exploring Gangktok, visiting temples, and basking in the serenity of the Himalayan mountain range
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Gangtok is the capital city of India’s northeastern state of Sikkim, which is bordered by Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. It is a popular Himalayan trekking base due to its strategic location and is also well known as a Buddhist pilgrimage site because of its revered monasteries and stupas. The town offers spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and access to Teesta River for some of the best whitewater rafting spots in North East India.

Hanuman Temple

Established in 1952, the Hanuman Temple or Hanuman Tok is a shrine complex dedicated to the Hindi monkey god. Devotees of Lord Hanuman travel 11km from Gangtok’s city center to reach the temple, which sits at an altitude of 7,200 feet on the branch road of the Gangtok-Nathula Highway. Hanuman Tok has certain elements of Tibetan architecture and is a great vantage point to appreciate the beauty of Gangtok and Mt. Kanchenjunga.
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Tashi View Point

Tashi View Point, located in its namesake town near Bakthang Waterfall 8km from Gangtok, was built by King Tashi Namgyal who ruled Sikkim from 1914 to 1963. Perched on top of a steep flight of stairs, Tashi View Point is a circular platform where people can see panoramic views of Mt. Sinilochu and Mt. Kanchenjunga, as well as a glimpse of the Phodong and Labrang monasteries. There are souvenir shops in the area and a cafeteria that serves snacks and tea.
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Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is one of the premier research institutions in the world dedicated to preserving Tibetan history, culture, language, art, and religion. Its library has one of the largest collections of Tibetan scrolls and books outside of Tibet. The institute’s main building is the perfect representation of traditional Sikkimese architecture. The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is located in Deorali, just a short car ride or a 30-minute walk from Gangtok’s Mahatma Gandhi Marg.
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Enchey Monastery

Standing on the ridge of a hill above Gangtok is a colorful Tibetan monastery belonging to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. The Enchey Monastery was built in 1909 on a steep road 3km northeast of Gangtok and houses statues of Buddhist deities as well as a large collection of ritual dance masks. This charming, secluded monastery hosts the annual Detor Cham dance festival on the 18th and 19th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan calendar, which typically falls on either January or February.
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