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West Sikkim district,Sikkim

West Sikkim is a district of the Indian state of Sikkim. Its capital is Geyzing, also known as Gyalshing. The district is a favourite with trekkers due to the high elevations. Other important towns include Pelling and Jorethang.

History
West Sikkim is the site of the ancient state capital Yuksom. It served as Sikkim’s capital beginning in 1642 for almost 50 years until it was shifted to Rabtense. The district was under the occupation of the Nepalese for 30 years in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. After Anglo-Nepalese War (1814–16), the district was returned to Sikkim.
Geography
West Sikkim covers an area of 1,166 square kilometres (450 sq mi). Attractions include the Khecheopalri Lake, where, according to legend, not a leaf is allowed to fall on the surface of the lake and the Dubdi Monastery, the first monastery of the state.
Assembly Constituencies
The district was previously divided into 8 assembly constituencies.

  • Yoksam-Tashiding(BL)
  • Yangthang
  • Maneybung-Dentam
  • Gyalshing-Barnyak
  • Rinchenpong(BL)
  • Daramdin(BL)
  • Soreng-Chakung
  • Salghari-Zoom (SC)
  • National protected area
    Khangchendzonga National Park (Part)
    Economy
    The economy is mainly agrarian, despite most of the land being unfit for cultivation owing to the precipitous and rocky slopes.