Ganesh Tok

Viewpoint in Gangtok

Named for the tiny associated Hindu temple, this viewpoint tower is an eagle's perch surveying a vast sweep of cityscape. Notice the Royal Palace visible amid trees way beyond Enchey Gompa.

The viewpoint is opposite the ticket booth for the zoo. A shortcut means you can walk down through the forest to Enchey Gompa in under 20 minutes. The path starts at the Pinetum shortcut marker between two white-painted concrete posts, 50m north of Ganesh Tok (not the lane 15m beyond). Descend the obvious path southwest through pine woods for five minutes to a clearing/secondary viewpoint, then double back to the left. After another five or six minutes turn right onto a cobbled lane between tiny half-timbered cottages. After two minutes walking towards the TV Tower you'll meet a bend of Chanmari Rd, with the monastery entrance another three minutes ahead (up).