Legship, 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 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. 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.

Place of Interest

  • Rangit Dam : 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 : 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 : 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.


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