Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a Tibetan Museum that has been promoting and sponsoring research works related to Tibetan culture, religion, language, art and culture and history, ever since its inception in the year 1958.
The institute also includes a variety of rare collections like the Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, art pieces, thankas and statues. The museum also includes about 200 Buddhist icons. The institute is also planning to come up with a project under which all the rare and old photographs related to Sikkim will be documented and digitalized.
Constructed in a traditional Tibetan Buddhist style, the institute has an extremely beautiful architecture and is decorated with lovely wall paintings within. Also present close by the institute is a park built in memory of the last king of Sikkim which is worth a visit. The park houses a lovely bronze statue of the king.
Present in Deorali towards the South of Central Gangtok, the institute remains open to public between 10 am and 4 pm from Mondays to Saturdays. The entrance fee to the library and the museum is is Rs 10.