Arts and Crafts of Sikkim

To enrich the memories of your holiday in Gangtok you can carry back the most exquisite souvenirs. Choose from the cunningly crafted furniture, the Lepcha weave bags, Intricately woven carpets and the beautiful artifacts in wood and bamboo. Gangtok is a souvenir hunter’s paradise.


A wide variety of handicrafts is available for the tourist to take back as souvenirs, showpieces and even items of daily use in the Government Institute of cottage Industry and the many curio shops in Gangtok. Canvas wall hangings depicting paintings on different aspects of sikkim can cost from Rs 20 to Rs 200. Most of these paintings portray face profiles of tribals, 8 lucky signs, dragons, religious processions etc. Thankas or religious scrolls can also be purchased but these are very expensive and cost above Rs. 500. Choksees are small wooden tables about one and half to two feet in height with intricate local Tibetan designs on the sides. They are collapsible and can easily be carried.

Big Cardamom or Bari Elaichi:

Cardamom or Elachi grows in abundance in sikkim and costs about Rs 100 per kg. A few hundred grams should be purchased.


Tibetan woolen carpets are very expensive and are adorned with intericate designs and patterns reflecting the art and culture of this state. Made of pure sheep wool, these carpets use brilliant vegetable dyes.


The exquisitely carved Dragon sets of silver and gold inlaid with precious stones are unique to Sikkim. These consist of finely designed dragons on earrings, pendants, finger-rings etc and can be ordered either in silver or gold .


Sikkim tea, which is mainly grown in Temi Tea Estate, is famous the world over and carries a big premium in the world market. The tea is characterised by its exotic taste and flavour and costs about Rs.100 per kg. It sells by the brand name of “Solja” and “Kanchendzonga” and is it a good idea to carry a few packets back home.

Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom showroom.

Sikkim Rural Development Agency Showroom at the junction of MG Marg and New Market

Punney Raj Shakya, New Market

Babu Kazi Shakya & Son, New Market

Asha Kazi Shakya, New Market

Budha Ratna Shakya, New Market

Silver Queen, New Market

Shakya Jewellers, New Market

Tirwa Jewellers, New Market

Shambu Jewellery, Tibet Road

Places to eat

Blue Sheep, MG Marg – Chinese & Sikkimese

House of Bamboo, MG Marg – Chenise ( Manchurian, Szechwan )

Green Hotel, MG Marg – Chinese & Indian

Snow-Lion, PN Stadium Road – Chinese, Japanese, Indian & Tibetan

Wood Lands, MG Marg – Indian & Chinese

Orchid, National Highway – Chinese & Tibetan

Marwari Bhojanalaya, MG Marg – Indian Vegetarian

Shri Ganesh, MG Marg – Indian Vegetarian

Facilities in Gangtok

Officers Club, White Hall, Gangtok

Star, Naya Bazar

Densong, Lal Market Road

Vajra, Balwakhani