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Legship is located in Sikkim
Legship is located in India
Location in Sikkim, India
Coordinates: 27°16′N 88°16′E / 27.27°N 88.27°E / 27.27; 88.27Coordinates: 27°16′N 88°16′E / 27.27°N 88.27°E / 27.27; 88.27
Country  India
State Sikkim
District West Sikkim
 • Official Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 737 111
STD 03595
Vehicle registration SK
Gateway to West Sikkim

Legship is a small town in west district of the Indian State of Sikkim. Legship is the gateway to West Sikkim. It is located on the main road connecting West Sikkim with the rest of the state, on the banks of river Rangit. The place is in fact a main crossing point of roads from Yuksam, Tashiding, Kewzing, Rabangla, Gangtok, Jorethang, Pelling, Gayzing and other places. Legship is also the spot for a large hydro-electric dam. The Rangit Dam lies up stream, a dam which the people of Legship were partly responsible for.[1][2] The large lake formed by the Rangit Dam is also the spot where locals visit for day outing or picnic. The place is known as Rangit Water World and rafting facility is available here. A place of interest is the Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple which is believed to be one of the holiest and oldest lord shiv temple in Sikkim.[3][4] Another place of interest is Lho Khando Sang Pho is one of the four famous caves in Sikkim which is six kilometers away from Legship.[5]


Gyalshing or Gayzing (Nepali : गेजिंग) is the capital of the district of West Sikkim in the Indian state of Sikkim. All the Government Offices, District Headquarter are located here. The town is connected to the capital Gangtok by a metalled road. Geyzing is also connected to the West Bengal towns of Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong via Jorethang. A few kilometres north is the town of Pelling. The town has a large Nepali population, and the Nepali language is the predominant language of the region. The town is situated at an altitude of about 6,500 feet (1,900 m). The town enjoys a temperate climate for most of the year and snow sometimes falls in the vicinity.

Place of Interest[edit]

Rangit Dam[edit]

The Ranjit River on which the Rangit Dam is located, is a major right bank tributary of the Teesta River in Sikkim. The river arises from the Talung glacier and it meets the Teesta river at Melli after a travel of 61 kilometres (38 mi) from its source. At the dam site, the catchment area drained is 979.02 square kilometres (378.00 sq mi) (rain-fed catchment is 712 square kilometres (275 sq mi) and the balance area is snow fed above snow line contour of (4,570 metres (14,990 ft)); elevation of the catchment area varies from about 600 metres (2,000 ft) to about 7,338 metres (24,075 ft) (North Kabru Peak) and is delimited between (27.275°N 88.0141°E) and (27.6195°N 88.42°E). A number of perennial streams originate in glacial fields of the river basin; important snow-fed rivers which constitute the Rangit basin above the dam site are the Rathong Chu, Rimbi Chu, Prek Chu, Ralli Chu, Rongdon Chu and Kayam Chu. The drainage pattern is sub-dendentric.

Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple[edit]

Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple is a Hindu temple, identified to be a Hindu pilgrimage site which is located in Legship, West Sikkim, India along the banks of River Rangeet, which has many mythological episodes of the Mahabharata attached to it. The main attraction of the temple are the festival of the Bala Chaturdesi, which is observed in November–December every year and the Shiv Ratri also known as Maha Shivaratri which falls in the month of February or March every year. There are other temples dedicated to Lord Rama and Durga can be found here making it an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus.

Lho Khando Sang Pho[edit]

Lho Khando Sang Pho is one of the four famous caves in Sikkim, where Guru Rempoche the 8th century great Indian Buddhist Tantric yogi meditated . The three other caves are Nub Dechenphu, Chyang Lhari Ngingphu and Sharcho Phephu which are in the other three directions . This is this cave where Guru Rempoche tamed a female demon.[6]


  1. ^ "South Sikkim" (PDF). Digital Himalaya. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Legship". Archived from the original on June 14, 2006. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  3. ^ Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir | Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir Photos | Legship Tourist Places. Holidayiq.com. Retrieved on 2013-02-04.
  4. ^ "Some of the Religious Places of Sikkim". Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department. Government of Sikkim. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  5. ^ "Legship". Archived from the original on June 14, 2006. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  6. ^ "Legship Rangeet River dam, Kirateswar Mahadev Mandir, Reshi hot spring". www.gopelling.net. Retrieved 2015-03-19.