Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
This internationally acclaimed center of Tibetan Studies & Research houses a vast collection of rare Buddhist books, manuscripts and over 200 Buddhist icons. About a kilometer downhill from the main market of Gangtok, amidst a small forest of oak, magnolia and birch trees stands the Institute of Tibetology. The building accommodating the Institute is an example of Tibetan architecture. It is world-renowned and is one of the few of its kind. It has one of the world's largest collections of books and rare manuscripts on the subject of Mahayana Buddhism plus many religious works of art and incredible finely executed silk embroidered Thangkas.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology was established by Chogyal Tashi Namgyal in 1958, the foundation stone of the institute was laid by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and this famed institute was formally inaugurated a year later by Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It is renowned world over for sponsoring and promoting research on the religion, history, language and art of the Tibetan cultural area , with special focus on SIkkim.
Its Library is well stocked with rare books and manuscripts on Mahayana Buddhism. This institute houses a well appointed museum which displays Buddhist artefacts, paintings and texts.