Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is one of the few institutes that do research in the areas of Tibetan language and culture. The foundation of the institution was laid by 14th Dalai Lama and was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1958. It is located less than 2kms away from the main city in Deorali.
The main building of the institute is the fine portrayal of Tibetan architecture. It is adorned with golden towers, colorful frescos, beautiful paintings and the array of windows on the top floor viewing beautiful sun-lighted mountains and pleasant view of the valley. The museum has collections of Buddhist books, coins, thangkas, statuettes, Tibetan art work and ancient manuscripts in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Lepcha. The magnificent image of Manjushri is the icon of the museum which was brought from all the way from Tibet. This is a treasure trove of Tibetan literature and artifacts, the only one of its kind in India making this place a must visit spot.