About Gangtok

Extremely alluring, pleasantly boisterous and wreathed in clouds - Gangtok, the capital city of the Sikkim can also give you a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at a distant skyline. The pristine hill station nestled in mountains and clouds is also a base for a whole lot of trekkers to the Himalayan mountain ranges. The mesmerising prismatic beauty and the beautiful winding hill roads are even more breathtaking if seen from a bird’s eye view in a cable car. The name meaning hill-top, Gangtok can be safely said to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country. With everything in just the right amount from a blend of cultural identities to urbanisation, Gangtok is a breathing and dynamic bit of paradise of the northeast. It has an amazing view of mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. Also like everything around it, Gangtok is abundant in natural beauty and has various natural attractions such as the Tsomgo Lake, Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint and more. Other places to visit include the Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery, etc. Also, river Teesta is one of the best spots for white water rafting in North East India.

Place to must visit in Gangtok


Places to Visit in Gangtok

Travellers are preffering these places in Gangtok

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 2 kms

MG Road

MG Road is the heart of Gangtok and its most happening place. It is the central shopping hub of this beautiful state capital with various shops, restaurants, and hotels lined up along both sides. It's an open mall or boulevard square. The area is widely regarded to be the town centre and is the best shopping destination for tourists. This is a great place for the tourists to take a leisurely stroll or just sit on the benches and revel in the eclectic ambience. The first thing one notices when on this approximately 1 km stretch of road is the cleanliness. There are boards everywhere which say "Welcome to M.G. Marg, Spit, and Litter Free Zone". The entire area is free of smoke, litter, and vehicular traffic. It's a pedestrian-only zone, and vehicles are not allowed. The buildings on both sides of MG road are painted green in line with government's green initiative. This place is also famous for the Gangtok Food and Culture Festival which is an extravaganza held in December every year and thronged by connoisseurs from all over. The Statue of Unity overlooks MG Marg which comprises of the figures of Bhutia Chieftain Khye Bumsa, the Lepcha leader Thetong Tek and his wife Ngo Kong ngol. This statue promotes peace, love, and harmony. About midway is an imposing statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Other eye-catching additions are the Victorian lamps and various benches along the path. The place looks stunning after dark when the lights are lit.

Experience Time: 1 Hour

Distance: 23 Kms

Nathu La Pass

Nathula, one of the highest drive roads in the world, is a mountain pass in the Himalayan peaks that co-joins Sikkim and China. Nathula Pass is situated on the Indo-Chinese border and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in India.Ô_Several tourists flock here every year for trekking in the valley and enjoying the scenic beauty. There are a number of waterfalls that gush along the way from Gangtok to Nathula. It also offers an opportunity to see beautiful snow peaks encircling the area. Situated on the Indo-Tibetan border 14450 ft. above sea level, Nathu La is one of the most important Himalayan passes in the country. Nathu means _ã–listening ears_ã� and La means _ã–pass_ã�, the mountain pass is situated at a few kms away from Gangtok in Sikkim. Nathu La is one of three open trading border posts between India and China and is famous for its picturesque beauty and beautiful environment. The temperature here remains low for most parts of the year and Nathu La becomes a hotspot for tourists during summer. The cold wind blowing across at great speed is a phenomenon worth experiencing in Nathu La. A number of waterfalls are present on the way from Gangtok to Nathula. Tsomgo Lake is a popular tourist destination in the region and though it does not have human inhabitation, the place is a home for birds like black eagle, blue whistling thrush, redstarts, folk tails, tit-babblers, etc. The region also supports Himalayan wildlife like Tibetan gazelle, snow leopard, yaks, Tibetan wolves, etc. Nathu La has a rich variety of flora apart from a spectacular wildlife range.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 7 kms

Rumtek Monastery

The Rumtek Monastery is one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim, perched on top of a hill 23 km from Gangtok. Originally called as the Dharma Chakra Centre, it belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists who originated in Tibet in the 12th century. The monastery is surrounded by verdant green mountains and thus serves as a visual treat besides being a focal point for spiritual solace. If you climb on top to the Rumtek Monastery you can have a breathtaking view of the whole Gangtok town situated right opposite the hill. Besides this, the architecture of the monastery is one of the finest in the world. The Rumtek Monastery houses a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks which were established with the aim of spreading the Buddhist teachings around the world. The monastery has a walkway around it on which the monks, pilgrims and visitors perform kora which is basically a circuit round of the monastery. The splendid Rumtek monastery has preserved a golden stupa various other sculptures which belonged to the 16th Karmapa. It also serves as the storehouse for many uniques objects besides storing some of the world's unique religious scriptures. The massive prayer hall inside the monastery is a place worth seeing that is decorated with splendid murals, statues and 'tangkhas'. Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre has become an all-inclusive institution, where Relics Retreat Centre, 'Shedra' (monastic college), Nunnery, Stupas (protector's shrine), Institutions for the amateur community and other establishments exist under the same roof. The Rumtek Monastery appears very serene in the beautiful background of majestic hills and beautiful waterfalls.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 1 kms

Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok is a loved tourist spot in Gangtok and a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is situated on top of a hill thereby giving scenic views to the tourists who come here. The Kanchenjunga hill can be seen in its true form of glory from here and is at its best especially in the morning. The viewpoint is situated at a distance of 6500 m offers stunning views of the mountains covered in snow. The temple is however so small that it can only fit one person at a time. The place takes you a step closer to nature with its surreal surroundings and comforting ambience. Colorful flags are tied across the stairs of the temple. 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 temple is surrounded by hills, landscape, and beautiful mountains. It is so overcrowded that the devotees have to go down on all fours to worship the 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 the nature lovers and the photographers.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 16 kms

Tsomgo Lake

Perched between the mountains at a dizzying height of 12400 ft above sea level, the Tsomgo Lake is one of the few high-altitude lakes in India situated on the Gangtok-Nathula highway. This lake is a part of every tourist's itinerary and for a good reason- its overwhelming scenic beauty. Enveloped by steep snow-capped mountains and resting between a bright green carpet of alpine forests, the charming beauty of Tsongmo Lake is bound to leave you in awe. The lake's mesmerising scenic allure combined with its legendary significance to the locals definitely makes it a must visit attraction of Sikkim. Tsongmo Lake is a glacial lake that derives its water from the melting snows of the mountains around it. This glacial lake is famous for its colour changing waters. Monsoons see a bright aquamarine lake whereas, in the winters, the lake freezes into a translucent cover of ice. As the summer approaches in mid-May, the periphery of this lake is dotted with a thousand blossoming flowers that lend the waters a riot of vibrant colours. In the Bhutia language, Tso means lake and Mgo mean head and essentially means 'Source of the water', holding immense religious and cultural significance to the Bhutia people. Considered as a sacred lake by the Sikkimese, Tsomgo Lake is associated with many myths and legends. They say the Buddhist monks used to analyse the colour of the lake to forecast the future!

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 1 kms

Ban Jhakri Falls

A new sightseeing destination for the tourists and spread over an area of two acres of land, the Banjhakri Falls is situated at a distance of 10-12 kilometres from Gangtok on the way to Ranka monastery. The waterfall which falls from a rocky height of about 40 feet and cascades down with a lot of force is the main attraction of the Energy Park present here. Beautifully landscaped gardens abound the waterfall along with beautiful statues of Lyam Lymay, Mangpas, Lepcha, and Ban Jhakri ancestors. The entrance of the park also comprises of several recreational activities and refreshment stalls. In addition to several resting places, there is a swimming pool present for the visitors as well. The name Banjhakri is composed of two words- 'Ban' meaning forest or jungle and 'Jhakri' meaning traditional healer. According to mythological tales, a Ban Jhakri is a man who possesses some powers and exists in folktales in the Nepali Community of Sikkim. It is the belief of the local people according to which a Banjhakri resides in the forest and lives in the rock caves where he worships the spirits. All the ethnic communities which are present believe in these mysteries even today since they form a part of their culture and tradition. You will come across numerous ethnic sculptures along with figurines showcasing the Jhakri culture throughout the Energy Park. The figurines present in the park depicts various rituals, healing ceremonies, and the induction process followed in the life of a Shaman. The Banjhakri Waterfall is a beautiful and relaxing stop while exploring the beautiful city of Gangtok. With the beautiful surroundings and lush environs, the place will definitely help you break away from the fast moving life of the city and unwind.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 58 Kms

Kanchenjunga

The third highest peak in the world, the majestic Kanchenjunga is one of the most stunning mountains in the world. Surrounded by Nepal, Sikkim and Tibet, this mountain was first scaled in 1955 but since then has been declared sacred. Kanchenjunga' is a Tibetan name which means 'The Five Treasures of the High Snow'. The treasures represent the five repositories of God, namely gold, silver, gems, grain and holy books. There are a lot of trekking routes in Kanchenjunga which will take you through woody forests and serene countryside. Kanchenjunga Mountain near Darjeeling is the third highest peak in the world, with a peak elevation of 8,586 m. In the Kirat religion of Sikkim, the mountain is regarded very sacred and in the local Limbu language, it is also called Sewa Lungma. The name Kanchenjunga means "The Five Treasures of Snow" in the local language, which aptly matches it because of its collection of five peaks, out of which four of are over 8,450 me high. Mt. Kanchenjunga can be viewed from many points of Darjeeling and Gangtok. It is the charm of this place and the spectacular view of the mountain range that will be stored in your mind forever. Out of the many points in Darjeeling from where you can have a spectacular view of the peak, Tiger Hills is one of the best. The Batisia Garden (Gorkha War Memorial) also has a grand backdrop of glorious white peaks of the Kanchenjunga, floating in the deep blue skies. On a toy train ride around town, the breathtaking sight of Kanchenjunga will cast a spell on you. if you're in Gangtok, the Goeche La trek in Sikkim is the standard base camp for trekking up the range.

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Distance: 14 kms

Mangan

The town of Mangan, situated in the northern part of Sikkim is a major tourist location and travellers mostly use this town as a base station from where they commence treks and tours to other parts of this district. There are a few interesting places of tourist interest that you can visit around Mangan. The Yumthang Valley is a must visit here. You can catch beautiful glimpses of the surrounding scenery from this valley, as it is surrounded by many white peaks, sheer and sparkling streams and flowering shrubs. Mangan is one of the most important and least populated towns in Sikkim. Not only is it the entry point to North Sikkim, Mangan is also developing into a tourist hotspot because of the breath-taking view of the Kanchenjunga range it provides. This town has a hot water spring which is a popular tourist destination and the Labrang monastery which is located near Mangan is also a place worth visiting. During your trip to Mangan, you can also see the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary that is the home to more than forty species of plants. Mangan is an attractive place with good sightseeing spots and is a transit point to other destinations of the region. A three day music festival is organized at Mangan in December every year where bands from the region as well as from the other Northeast states perform for a huge crowd. Mountains, music and the cold weather make it a very exciting event. Other attractions of Mangan include an exhibition cum sale of local handicrafts, a presentation of traditional cultural songs and dances and a food festival.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 1 kms

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

One of the very few of its kind, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is an abode of centuries-old Tibetan-Buddhist culture and its history. NIT preserves the glorious past of the country, the religion and its precious culture with utmost dedication and that shows in the excellent collection in the museum and the library. As important as its role is for the pursuers of Asian culture and Buddhist studies, with its quiet and serene charm, it is a paradise for the tourists as well, especially for the occasional history-enthusiast. Photography is not allowed inside, but you can take some time off technology and take in all you want with the lens of your eyes. In spite of being primarily a place for study and research of Tibetan and Buddhist culture, NIT has emerged as a major tourist attraction in Gangtok. The institute promotes and supports the study, research, and preservation of Tibetan history, art, literature, architecture, religion, philosophy and anything and everything else that comes with that. With a foundation stone laid by the great Dalai Lama himself, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is among the pioneer of preservation and promotion of Tibetan art and literature. Built in Tibetan architecture amidst the lap of lush green nature, the façade rises majestically with its tall golden towers, attractive and significant murals and colourful frescos. The exquisite and greatly maintained pieces in the museum and the library - the statues, the manuscripts, the art pieces, the rare literary works and encyclopaedia, the relics and remains all speak of a culturally rich past and thanks to NIT, an academically prosperous future.

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Distance: 29 Kms

Tinkitam

Tinkitam Rayong is a petite village in Sikip Tehsil in South District of Sikkim State. This place is situated at the border of the South District and West District. Mount Kanchenjanga can be seen in the backdrop of this town and its natural habitat supports a rare species of orchid, Paphiopedilum Faireanum or ladys slipper. Unlike most wild orchids which grow on trees, this orchid is terrestrial and flowers in the months of October-November which is the ideal time to visit this beautiful place. Tinkitam also provides a sight of a dormant volcano that one can come across during the trek from Dentham to Tendong National Park. Tinkitam is a small town in SouthÔ_Sikkim,Ô_India which is slowly developing as an important tourist destination. This town is home to rare species of orchids and Paphiopedilum Faireanum and other orchids of the Cypripedioideae genus, also called "Lady's slipper". Near to this place are the Temi Tea Gardens which are the only tea estate of Sikkim. The town enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year and is almost isolated with very little population. If you are looking forward to a quiet and relaxing holiday, this is the place to come to.

Experience Time: Less than 1 hour

Distance: 3 kms

Do Drul Chorten Stupa

Do Drul Chorten, the biggest stupa in Sikkim, is located on the hill hock, which is adjacent to the Tibetology Institute. Popularly known as Phurba, this stupa was built in 1945. This holy stupa was under the auspices of head of Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Trulshik Rinpoche. Built as desired by Dud-Zom Rinpoche in 1944, the stupa is girdled with 108 prayer wheels. These prayer wheels have a holy inscription engraved on it, Om Mani Padma Hum. It is said that while turning these prayer wheels, the person has to chant the mantras engraved on them. This holy stupa embraces 'Mandala' sects of 'Dorjee Phurba' and one set of 'Ka-gyur' principles along with relics and mantras. Themed out in white, the stupa is also the emblematic symbol of peace, which has a pointed golden spire erected on the top. Encircling the chorten are Chorten Lhakhang and Guru Lhakhang, which are the two behemoth statues of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava). Inside the stupa, tourists can see large groups of eager and young learner monks along with old lamas studying and working. Tourists can reach this stupa by hiring taxis or boarding regular jeeps from Gangtok.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 1 kms

Enchey Monastery

Enchey Monastery is a 200-year old monastery built on a hilltop situated 3 km away from the main city. This temple was blessed by Lama Dhrupthob Karpo, a renowned saint who was known to have flying powers. The sacredness of Enchey Monastery is attributed to the belief that Khangchedzonga and Yabdean-the protecting deities residing in this monastery. This is a local legend and the religious significance of this place is realized by every person living in Gangtok. Paintings of Goddesses and other objects of spiritual significance are kept around in the premises.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 1 kms

Flower Exhibition Centre

Flower Exhibition Centre, which is situated in Gangtok, showcases flowers from the different parts of Sikkim together under a single roof which makes it a heaven for all the nature lovers. Located right across the White Memorial Hall and below the Ridge Park, it lies at a walking distance from the MG Marg. Though the flowers are displayed here all through the year, the annual flower show which is held from April to May should not be missed out on as during this time, the management gathers here and presents numerous varieties of orchids along with other flowers from around the state. Participants from the neighbouring states are invited to be a part of the annual flower contest held in the premises by the Government of Sikkim. A medium-sized tropical greenhouse, the centre is filled with unusual species of plants including numerous species of fresh orchids namely Anthurium and Lilium. The presence of such different varieties of colourful flowers along with its enchanting fragrance fills up the entire centre making it a very refreshing place for the visitors. This lovely place is fantastic to spend time at just looking at the flowers and clicking pictures. In addition to all this, there is an artificial water pond along with a bridge constructed over it where the tourists can take a little stroll while enjoying the pleasant ambience around. One is likely to get amazing photographs amongst the colourful and bright bushes and flowers. This place is worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Gangtok for looking at the ever-smiling flowers is going to freshen you up entirely and brighten your day.

Experience Time: 5-6 Hours

Distance: 5 kms

Kabi Longstok

Situated at a distance of 17 km from the northern capital of Gangtok is the Kabi Town which is considered to be a historical place due to the initiation of the Sikkimese history here in the early 13th century. There is an exquisite Buddhist monastery situated nearby where you can spot kids and the followers of Buddhism studying about religion and its beliefs. Along with this, there is a library and a garden as well where you can discover more about the place and its past. There are life-size statues of Bhutia and Lepcha, who were the blood-brothers, erected near the stone pillar to pay respect. With the wonderful stories that this place holds, this place is surely going to captivate you with its wonderful beauty. This place has a past associated with it because it was here that a friendship treaty of brotherhood was signed between Khey Bumsa who was a Tibetan chieftain and Tetong Tek who was a Lepcha tribal chief in the 14th century. To mark the event and the location, there is a huge stone pillar situated in the middle of the dense forest where the agreement was signed. With the place being one of the most popular spots of Gangtok, you are going to come across the Thakurbari temple which was built in the memory of the event. Set in the middle of the forests, Kabi is going to send chills down your spine especially when someone narrates the history of the place. If you are planning a trip to Gangtok, Kabi Town should definitely be on your list of must-visit places.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 7 kms

Saramsa Garden

At a distance of 14 km from Gangtok, Saramsa Garden, also known as Ipecac Garden, is indeed a treat for your senses. The exquisite range of different coloured flowers with the surrounding lush greenery is going to hold your attention. There is a large greenhouse in the garden as well which preserves a range of orchids. The mesmerising garden is also well-developed where you can involve yourself in recreational activities such as volleyball and football. Apart from these facilities, it also has a convention centre next to the nursery where all the functions and meetings are conducted. Set up in the year 1922 by the Forest Department of the government of Sikkim, the main agenda for building this garden was to look after the needs of the British officers in addition to the Namgyal royal family. The garden got its name 'Ipecac' after the Forest Department introduced a medicinal plant known as 'Cephaelis Ipecacuanha' in 1940. Before that, a variety of fruit trees including orange, pineapple, guava, and banana were grown in the garden. A range of orchids too was grown in the region after which the garden developed into a picnic spot. The Saramsa Garden is divided into several blocks for the ease of navigation. There is a small footbridge that is constructed over a small-sized pool with different-shaped plants in the block. Another block has a bench built under the shade of the trees for the visitors to relax. Since this place brings you one step closer to nature, it is all the more enjoyable. So, if you are planning a trip to Gangtok, do not forget to visit this wonderful creation of nature with a little help from mankind!

Experience Time: 2-3 Hours

Distance: 3 kms

Himalayan Zoological Park

Zoological Park is located in Bulbuley, 3 km away from Gangtok and is the place for all the wildlife lovers. With an altitude of 1780 meters, one gets an amazing view of the Mount Khangchendzonga from here. Established in 1991, Himalayan Zoological Park is the first one of its kind situated in the North-Eastern part of India. The park fulfils all the requirements of a zoo where the creatures are kept under regular conditions and safeguarded as well as tamed without irritating them and ensuring that they live in their normal habitat. Spread over 205 hectares of land in the mountainous terrain, the park is home to a variety of fauna including the snow leopard cat, goral, Himalayan palm civet, Himalayan red panda, Himalayan monal pheasant, crimson-horned pheasant, and Himalayan black bear. The Forests, Environment & Wildlife Management Department, Government of Sikkim maintains this first ever zoological park of Sikkim. A 2.5 km road runs through the park where you can either drive or walk. In case you decide to walk, be prepared since it will take a long amount of time to reach the habitats. So, it is advisable for you to hire a car for about half a day and explore the zoo. Some facilities present at the zoo include café, souvenir shop, drinking water points, washrooms and a watchtower for you to get an amazing view of the entire area. Do visit the zoological park in Gangtok to be a part of the natural habitat of a variety of species and enjoy the wonderful natural beauty surrounding the place.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 1 kms

Reshi Hot Springs

Sikkim has numerous hot springs, but the Reshi Hot Spring is the most famous one due to its strategic location and the religious significance that it holds. These hot water springs or Cha-chu present in Reshi are winter spas from the ancient period where pilgrims along with visitors spend a week or more soaking themselves in the springs which are believed to contain medicinal properties. Easily accessible, the spring is present right after a downhill drive of an hour towards the Rangit River valley. For the comfort of the tourists, there are temporary huts available for an overnight stay at affordable prices with no bedding or cooking utensils. There are small shops in the neighbourhood selling vegetables and other daily need items. Also known as 'the cave of occult fairies' Lho Khandro Sang Phug is a small monastery and a holy cave situated adjacent to the river. Due to the presence of this cave, the water present in the Reshi Hot Springs is considered to be holy, and a warm soak in the springs is said to be very good to cure all the skin diseases. The presence of sulphur is abundance makes the temperature of the water perfect for carrying out a treatment to beat the cold air. This place is also a perfect spot for trekking followed by a relaxing bath in the spring. You can also click lots of photographs in the area and have a superb visit.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 4 kms

Tashi View Point

Situated 8 km away from central Gangtok, Tashi Viewpoint is a scenic beauty from where travellers can get a view of the magnificent Mount Sinilochu and Mount Kanchenjunga. It was built by Tashi Namgyal who was the king of Sikkim between 1914 and 1963, and that is how the place got its name. Developed by the tourism department of Sikkim and nestled in a perfect location, one can get a beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains from here. This spot also serves as a fabulous picnic place for local as well as foreign tourists due to the presence of a cafeteria and sheds bordering the site of the viewpoint. This sweltering viewpoint does not have a match due to its unpolluted environment which has been developed in a manner that helps the tourists understand the trance of the Himalayas. The picturesque ambience of the viewpoint in addition to its serenity plays a major role in helping the travellers enjoy a view of the Phodong Monastery and Labrang Monastery from here. This place is no less than a paradise for all the local as well as young people who assemble here during the weekends to enjoy and be a part of the incredible sightseeing. For the overseas travellers, it is advisable to visit the place during the morning time to experience more explicit and transparent view of the mighty mountains juxtaposed against the golden hues of the rising sun. So, if you ever plan a trip to Gangtok, do not miss out on this lovely place which is going to help you break away from your monotonous life in an environment filled with peace and harmony.

Experience Time: 1-2 Hours

Distance: 2 kms

Hanuman Tok

Hanuman Tok is a very famous temple of Gangtok which is named after Lord Hanuman and is a maintained by the Indian Army. Situated at the height of 7,200 feet the regal temple is juxtaposed against the Kanchenjunga peak which is the third highest peak in the world. One can get off their vehicle while driving to this point and click photographs on the way up to the scenic landscapes. The eclectic beauty of this place makes you enjoy it thoroughly keeping you close to nature. The sight of the enormous hills around the capital city of Gangtok is captivating, and after you reach the top, the snow-dusted peaks of Khangchendzonga and the spectacular range of the Himalayas leave you awed. You can be here before 5:00 AM to view the sunrise, the beauty of which is beyond description. The glorious sight of the place is sure to leave you speechless. The serenity of Hanuman Tok makes it a perfect spot for you to relax, meditate and get all charged up.

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