Hanuman Tok, an immaculate and holy spot in Gangtok’s highest reaches, is devoted to Lord Hanuman, the Hindu monkey God. It’s a temple complex that attracts visitors from all across the country. This Sikkim shrine lies 11 kilometres from Gangtok, on the way to another well-known site, Nathula. A visit to this location will leave you feeling spiritual; as you ascend the stairs, you will see a distant prayer and hear holy music. The best part of it all is the view, which includes a little section of Gangtok town as well as the appealing nearby hills and valleys.
According to mythology, Hanuman swooped down to this area to rest while flying from the Himalayas to Lleftanka with Sanjeevani (herb) Mountain to save Lord Rama’s brother, Lakshman. Near the Hanuman Shrine, there is also a little Saibaba temple. Several stupas and chortens can also be seen here, as well as a cremation site for the Namgyal Royal dynasty of Sikkim, which is located just before the stairway’s entrance. This sacred site in Gangtok is surrounded by lush flora and has a view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak. The Indian Army is currently in charge of Hanuman Tok.
Why should I visit this? there?
Sikkim is a land of monasteries, and Buddhism is deeply ingrained in its culture. The Hanuman Tok (temple) can, nevertheless, provide a pleasant respite from gompa exploration. The vantage location of this temple is one of the key reasons why it attracts visitors. You reach a viewing gallery with a breath-taking view of the Kanchenjunga as you travel up the stairway lined with bells hanging from the ceiling. The bizarre mountains in the distance covered in mist, situated at a height of almost 7000ft, are a sight that will linger long after you’ve left Sikkim. The temple itself boasts Tibetan-style architecture and appears like something out of a fairy tale.
When should I visit?
The summer months (March-June) are ideal for viewing the Kanchenjunga and neighbouring mountains since they provide crystal-clear views. The temple is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the optimal time to arrive is after a few hours. You’ll have a 360-degree view of the hilly environment and the town below this way. A one-hour visit should suffice, and there is no admission fee.
How should I visit?
Hanuman Tok is located on the way to Nathula, which is a renowned tourist destination. It is not a terrible idea to hire a taxi for this excursion because it is 11 kilometres from Gangtok town.
Tips for smooth travel
It is forbidden to smoke or consume alcohol on the temple grounds. Visitors are also advised not to damage any wildlife that may be seen on the property.
There will be no loud sounds on the temple grounds. It creates a loud environment.
Keep a Temple’s calm and tranquillity.
Use the garbage containers instead of cluttering the area.
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