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Ganesh Tok

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Time Required: 1-2 hrs

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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Ganesh Tok, Gangtok Overview

Ganesh Tok is a small temple and a loved viewpoint in Gangtok. Situated on top of a hill, the quaint place has mind-stirring views - the Kanchenjunga hill can be seen in its true form of glory from here and is at its best especially in the morning. The Ganesh Tok viewpoint, situated at a distance of 6500, offers stunning views of the mountains dusted with snow. The temple (dedicated to Lord Ganesh) is, however, so small that it can only fit one person at a time. The sublime place takes you a step closer to nature with its surreal surroundings and comforting ambience.

The Ganesh Tok Temple itself is quite small. Colourful flags are tied across the stairs making it stand out. There is a place where shoes can be kept safe, and hands can be washed before entering the temple. There is also a lounge and a balcony in front of the temple which is the main attraction of the place. The serene Ganesh Tok is surrounded by hills, landscape, and beautiful mountains. It is so overcrowded that the devotees have to go down on all fours to worship Lord Ganesha.

Hanuman Tok, dedicated to Lord Hanuman is situated near Ganesh Tok at an altitude of 7200 feet at a distance of 11 km from Gangtok and offers an amazing view of the Kanchenjunga range. The temple has a religious significance attached to it and offers a peaceful surrounding. It is known for fulfilling the wishes of its devotees. Ganesh Tok should definitely be visited at least once to experience its beauty and break away from the monotonous routine. It is a perfect place for all nature lovers and photographers.

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Ganesh Tok is quite small, and you need to climb a staircase to reach the upper levels where the viewing area is situated. Mid-way of the stairs, you will be required to take your shoes off. The inner sanctum of the temple is so small that the devotees are required to crawl on all fours to reach Lord Ganpati. There is a viewing lounge with glass panels and a balcony to provide better views. From the balcony, you can view the snow-covered mountains including Kanchenjunga and the rolling hills.

There is a gift shop situated in the complex which offers a variety of colourful and handmade items to the tourists within their budget. Some more gift shops are located just outside Ganesh Tok where you can easily bargain. There is also a designated parking area for tourists. A few steps away from the gift shop is a cafĂ© where you can relish tea, coffee, veg momos, noodles, paranthas, cold drinks bottled water and toast & omelette all at decent and affordable prices.

Though Ganesh Tok can be visited throughout the year, the temperature in December-February is very chilly. The monsoon season too should be avoided due to massive landslides. The ideal time to plan a vacation to the place is during the spring season between March and June. The skies are clear, and the weather remains pleasant. It is also the best time to participate in all the adventure activities.

1. Footwear is not allowed inside the temple.
2. Photography and videography are allowed inside the temple.
3. Bargain the prices at the gift shop and inquire about the estimates from the locals beforehand.

Ganesh Tok is situated at a distance of 6 km from Gangtok Town and is easily accessible using a local taxi or a bike. This place is also included as part of most sightseeing tours.

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