Hanuman Tok: Lord Hanuman's Rest Stop
Hanuman Tok is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is believed that he had rested here before proceeding to Lanka with the Drongiri Mountain.
Lord Rama had assigned Lord Hanuman the task of fetching the magical Sanjeevani herb from the Dronagiri Mountain, to cure his brother Laxman. Unable to identify the herb and anxious to get back at the earliest, the Monkey God, Hanuman lifted and carried the entire mountain.
On his way back, he is said to have rested at a spot high up in the mountains. For centuries, the locals worshipped a stone up here that supposedly marked the spot. In 1950, a bureaucrat, Appaji Pant, had a temple built over the stone. The temple came to be known as Hanuman Tok. In the 1950s, the Indian Army acquired the land around Hanuman Tok and inherited the temple along with it. The 17 Mountain Division has been maintaining it ever since.
Hanuman Tok stands at a height, but can be accessed easily. Just before the entrance to the stairway, one can see several stupas and chortens mark the cremation ground of the erstwhile Namgyal Royal family of Sikkim.
The temple stands amidst serene natural beauty. One can see the majestic Kanchendzonga range at close quarters. Hanuman Tok is a must-visit for those who are looking for a pit stop to recharge their inner self.
Good to Know :
Location: 15 km from Sterling Gangtok
Timings: 7 am to 5 pm
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