Enchey Monastery, Sikkim, India

On the northern outskirts of Gangtok, approached through gently rustling conifers, stands this atmospheric and quaint monastery, with lovely murals and statues of Tantric deities. Some say the monastery’s founder was known for his levitational skills. It’s easily Gangtok’s most attractive hermitage and comes alive for the colourful Detor Chaam masked dances in December/January.

To get here, hire a taxi from MG Marg (₹200) or simply walk for about 3km from MG Marg, first up to the ridge and then roughly in a northwestern direction (ask locals and they’ll happily point you up the right path).

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