The most important town in Western Sikkim, Jorethang, lies in the very south of the state, just across the river Rangit (also spelt as Ranjeet) from Singla Bazaar in West Bengal and a mere 30-km north of Darjeeling , all but visible across the tea plantations.
Set on an extensive shelf, which makes it feel oddly flat despite the huge hills that rise in every direction, it's a surprisingly pleasant and well-ordered place, with a good market and a couple of decent budget hotels.
Legship, in the deep Rangit valley 26-km north of Naya Bazaar, is the first town one comes to if one is traveling towards to Western Sikkim from Gangtok, just under 100-km west. It's an important regional road junction. A police checkpoint just beyond the main crossroads checks all permits.
Road: Jorethang is well connected by bus with the rest of Sikkim, and there are direct buses to Siliguri, but no buses cross the border due south into West Bengal , although jeeps make the extraordinarily steep 25-km journey to Darjeeling . Buses for Gangtok leave early in the morning am and in the afternoon for Uttarey via Pelling, and for Ghezing in the morning and at noon, connecting with the 2.00 pm departure for Tashiding and Yoksum. Few jeeps also leave Jorethang after 1.00 pm.
Road: Jeeps and buses connect Legship with Gangtok, Ghezing and Yoksum via Tashiding, and also with Jorethang.
There are quite decent budget hotel accommodations available at Jorethang.
: 30-km (From Jorethang)
Gangtok: 100-km (From Legship)