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Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a popular tourist destination in Sikkim, the Northeastern state of India. It was name after Late Palden Thondup Namgyal, the Chogyal of Sikkim. It is one of the important centers in the world to study Buddhism. Built in traditional Tibetan architecture, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology was established in 1958 to promote research into Mahayana Buddhism and Tibetan culture. The foundation stone of the institute was laid by the 14th Dalai Lama on the 10th of February 1957 and it was opened officially by the Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 1 October 1958.

The institute is known for its rare collection of Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts. Apart from that, the museum houses more than 200 Buddhist icons, antique paintings, thangkas, statues, shrines, tapestries, masks and other religious works of Tibetan Art. The place is featured with the most prestigious depository of religious works of Tibetan Art and culture.

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is situated in Deorali, to the south of central Gangtok and can be visited from 10 am to 4 pm from Monday to Saturday. It remains closed on Sundays, second Saturday and on government holidays.

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