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

Demographics

According to the 2011 census West Sikkim district has a population of 136,299, roughly equal to the nation of Grenada. This gives it a ranking of 608th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 117 inhabitants per square kilometre (300/sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 10.58%. West Sikkim has a sex ratio of 941 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 78.69%.

The people are mainly of Limbu descent. Other ethnic groups include the Lepcha and Limbu, Bhutia communities. Nepali is the most widely spoken language in the district.

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