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    Legship

    Legship or rather Lyuksyep (as it should be pronounced) in the Lepcha language refers to a fern that tastes rather like chilli. It is spread on the banks of River Rangit and is a densely covered mystic terrain on the high Himalayas. It connects west Sikkim with the rest of the state. Thus Legship is frequently referred to as the Gateway to West Sikkim, Legship is gradually gaining prominence in the world of travel and tourism. There are also some very popular tourist attractions in Legship . There is the beautiful Shiva temple by the name Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir on the left banks of the river Rangit. There are some fascinating mythological stories related the well-known episodes of the Mahabharata attached to it. Legship also sees a lot of ardent devotees in the month of December each year when it hosts the popular religious festival of the temple, Bala Chaturdesi and the Maha Shivratri. Legship forms a main pilgrim spot of West Sikkim for Hindus as there are quite a few other temples dedicated to Lord Rama and Durga that are found here. There is also a rest house or Dharamshala located next to the Shiva temple. The temple is known as Kirateshwar Mahadev Thaan by the Kirati people and simply known as Shiva Temple by others. Lord Shiva had appeared before Mahabharata famed Arjuna at this place after a lot of devotion and hard penance. It is believed that prayers offered with true devotion to this temple fulfils wishes such as a wish for son or daughter or wishes for peace, harmony and good health.

    Situated just 4 kilometres away from Legship is Reshi, which has the very popular Phur Cha-chu sulphur baths. This hot water spring is rich in sulphur content which is known to be a great healer for joint aches and pains and skin ailments and medicinal properties for other minor illnesses.

    Close by is Kah-do Sang phu which simply translate to ‘the cave of the occult fairies’. This is a popular and unique tourists attraction and is one of the four sacred caves. It is even considered sacred by the local people as these caves were known to have been the meditation ground of the eight century great Indian Buddhist Tantric yogi Guru Rinpoche. This cave is of particular importance as it is famous in the myths for being one where Guru Rinpoche tamed a ferocious female demon. There is a very picturesque trek from a nearly resort Bikisthang that climbs up the mountains and crosses through bamboo forest and then treads downhill through maize farms and then leads through a village finally leading to Kahdo Sang Phu caves and then back to the resort. The cave is mainly associated with longevity and knowledge.

    Rangit Water World offers amusement facilities for young and old alike. It is a popular day-trip and picnic destination. It is a lake formed by the Rangit dam. Rangit river is a major tributary of the mighty river Teesta. Tourists visit this popular attraction in large numbers to enjoy swimming, angling and river rafting facilities.

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