Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

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Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Front Panorama.jpg
Entrance of the Institute building
Established1 October 1958 (1958-10-01)[1]
LocationGangtok, Sikkim, India
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Buddha statue in Gangtok Museum.jpg

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (NIT) is a Tibet museum in Gangtok, Sikkim, India, named after the 11th Chogyal of Sikkim, Sir Tashi Namgyal.[2] The institute employs researchers and one of its new research programs is a project which seeks to document the social history of Sikkim's approximated 60 monasteries and record this on a computer. Another project seeks to digitize and document old and rare photographs of Sikkim for knowledge distribution. Khempo Dhazar served as head of the Sheda, a Nyingma college attached to the Institute, for six years.[3]


The foundation stone of the museum was laid by the 14th Dalai Lama on 10 February 1957.[4] On October 1, 1958, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology. Sir Tashi Namgyal, the then Maharaja of Sikkim, changed its name into the "Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology".[5]


  1. ^ American University (Washington, D.C.). Foreign Areas Studies Division (1964). Area Handbook for Nepal (with Sikkim and Bhutan). U.S. Government Printing Office. pp. 372–.
  2. ^ Abhijeet Deshpande (19 December 2017). Backpacking North East India: A Curious Journey. Notion Press. pp. 228–. ISBN 978-1-946556-80-6.
  3. ^ Silverstone, Marilyn. "Five Nyingma Lamas in Sikkim" (PDF). pp. 13-.
  4. ^ Central Asia. Area Study Centre (Central Asia), University of Peshawar. 2006.
  5. ^ American Institute of Indian Studies (1980). American Institute of Indian Studies Quarterly Newsletter. American Institute of Indian Studies. pp. 37-.

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Coordinates: 27°18′57″N 88°36′17″E / 27.3159°N 88.6047°E / 27.3159; 88.6047