West Sikkim is the second largest district in the state of Sikkim. Characterized by great tracts of virgin forest and deep river valley, it is home to Sikkim’s ancient monasteries such as Pemayangtse, Tashiding, Sanga Choeling and Dubdi monastery. West Sikkim is also the starting point to treks like Dzongri and Goechela, Kanchenjunga etc., besides there are also several low-altitude trekking options that provide ample opportunities to enjoy the wonderful profusion of orchids, rhododendron forests, waterfalls and terraced hillsides with a backdrop of majestic vistas.
The district headquarter is Gyalshing, also known as Geyzing and is well connected to the capital Gangtok.
Other main tourist attractions in west Sikkim include Varsey or Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary with tranquil Rinchenpong village, Kechopari lake near Pelling and Dubdi, the first monastery of Sikkim.