West Sikkim was the ancient state capital Yuksom. It served as capital of Sikkim since 1642 for almost 50 years until it was shifted to Rabdense. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuriesThe district was occupied by Nepalese for around 30 years . After Anglo-Nepalese War (1814–1816)  the district returned to Sikkim. Second largest district of Indian State Sikkim is West Sikkim have an area of 1166 square kilometers. Its district headquarters is at Gyalshing, also known as Geyzing. Gangtok is connected by roadways. Geyzing is also connected to several West Bengal towns as Kalimpong, Darjeeling through Jorethang. It has a large number of Nepali population and so the Nepali language is the predominant language of the region.The other language spoken are Lepcha, Bhutia, Limbu, Newari etc. The town is at an altitude of around 6500 feet (1900 meter). Normally temperate climate seen in the place for most of the year but sometimes snow falls in the nearby peaks. Other important towns around are  Pelling, Yuksom or Yoksum and Dentam. The district shares its borders with North Sikkim and South Sikkim. South is covered by by the state of West Bengal. To its west, it has an international border with Nepal. West Sikkim lies between North latitudes 27°-27°55"  and East Longitudes 88°-88°36" . Rainy season is the major in the area extend from April end till November and sometimes recorded 100 cm of rainfall in august.The district is a trekkers paradise due to the several higher elevations. Economy is mainly based on agrarian, owing to the precipitous and rocky slopes and most of the land being unfit for cultivation. The district was previously divided into 8 assembly constituency as Yoksam-Tashiding, Yangthang, Maneybung-Dentam, Gyalshing-Barnyak, Rinchenpong, Daramdin, Soreng-Chakung & Salghari-Zoom (SC). Khangchendzonga National Park is the National protected area of the region. Surrounded by many hydro power projects and thus enjoys mostly uninterrupted electricity. Roads are normally in poor condition due to rain & frequent landslides. West Sikkim names with it a great diversity of flora and fauna, many of which are used by local communities. Rhododendron forests adds feathers to the crown of the district above 3800 meter (12000 feet). Khangchendzonga National Park became home of West Sikkim In 1977 and the park has an area of 1785 Sq Kilometer (689 square meter) and attached to North district of Sikkim.

The places to visit in West Sikkim are:

Apart from the above, there are places of interest like, Kongri-Labdang, Soreng, Chakung, Jureli Danra Viewpoint, Rinchenpong – Kuluk, Hee Bermiok, Sirijonga Fooku and Wadhan (Cave), Dentam, Singshore Bridge, Uttarey also enriched the beauty of West Sikkim.


West Sikkim, Pelling, Pemayangtse Monastery, Pelling, Rabdentse Ruins, Khecheopalri Lake, Yuksom, Yoksum, Monastery