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Located in the West Sikkim district in the state of Sikkim, Legship is a small town, which is inhabited by less than 1000 people. Situated at the bank of the Rangit River, Legship is known for its picturesque location and water sports. A mythological episode associated with this town dates back to the time of the Mahabharata.

According to legend, Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, performed penance at Legship. Pleased by his devotion and dedication, Lord Shiva appeared in front of him as a hunter, also known as kirat. After this incidence, Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir was constructed at this spot. This temple serves as one of the main tourist attractions in the town. Besides the idol of Lord Shiva, the temple complex is also enshrined with the deities of Lord Rama and Goddess Durga.

The tourism in the small town has flourished after the development of a dam at Rangit River. Rangit Water World, which is a lake formed by the Rangit Dam, is famous for the water sports it offers, like swimming, angling and river rafting.

Lho Khando Sang Pho Caves and the sulphurous hot springs are other major tourist attractions of this destination. The most important event celebrated in the town is Bala Chaturdesi festival, which is held in the month of November or December.

Popularly known as the gateway to West Sikkim, Legship is connected to all the major parts of Sikkim by taxis, jeeps and private vehicles. Bagdogra Airport, which is served by frequent flights from Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Guwahati, is the nearest airport. This airport also serves international flights from Bangkok and Paro.

Siliguri Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead, which can be used to reach Legship. Alternatively, tourists can also use New Jalpaiguri Railway Station for reaching the destination. By roadways, Legship is connected to Pelling, Gangtok, Gezing and Yuksom. The best time to visit this town is from mid February to May and again from mid September to December.

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Rangit River Dam, Legship

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Rangit Power House in Legship

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