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Institute of Tibetology Orchid
         Sanctuary & Chorten, Gangtok


This institute is the only one of its kind in the world and was established to promote research on the language and traditions of Tibet as well as into the Mahayana sect of Buddhism. It has one of the world's largest collection of books and rare manuscripts on the subject of Mahayana Buddhism plus many religious works of art and incredibly finely executed silk embroidered thankas. Adjoining the institute is the Orchid Sanctuary where most of the 454 species of orchid found in Sikkim could be seen depending on the season. About a km beyond the institute stands a huge chorten whose gold apex is visible from many points in Gangtok.

 

 
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