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Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary West Sikkim


Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is a stunning natural reserve located in the West Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. The sanctuary, spread over an area of 104 square kilometers, is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including several species of rhododendrons. The sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 2,300 to 4,000 meters above sea level and is a popular destination for tourists and nature lovers.

The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is known for its spectacular display of rhododendrons, which bloom in the months of March and April. The sanctuary is home to more than 13 species of rhododendrons, including the famous Rhododendron arboreum, which is the state flower of Sikkim. The vibrant red flowers of the Rhododendron arboreum can be seen in abundance throughout the sanctuary during the blooming season, creating a stunning visual treat for visitors.

Apart from rhododendrons, the sanctuary is also home to a variety of other flora, including oak, magnolia, and silver fir trees. The sanctuary is also known for its diverse range of wildlife, including several species of birds, butterflies, and animals such as the red panda, Himalayan black bear, and musk deer.

The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary offers visitors a chance to explore its natural beauty through a network of hiking trails. The most popular hiking trail is the Barsey Rhododendron Trek, which takes visitors through the heart of the sanctuary, providing stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The trek takes about three to four hours and is suitable for all fitness levels.

In addition to hiking, visitors can also enjoy camping and picnicking within the sanctuary. The sanctuary has several campsites that offer basic facilities such as tents, sleeping bags, and food. Visitors can also enjoy a bonfire and barbeque in the evenings while taking in the serene surroundings.

The best time to visit the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is during the months of March and April when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. However, the sanctuary can be visited throughout the year, with each season offering its unique charm. During the monsoon season, the sanctuary is covered in mist and fog, creating a surreal and mystical atmosphere. In the winter months, the sanctuary is covered in snow, offering visitors a chance to experience the beauty of the Himalayas in its full glory.

The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in nature and hiking. The sanctuary offers visitors a chance to experience the stunning natural beauty of the Himalayas, along with a chance to explore the diverse range of flora and fauna that call the sanctuary home. So, if you’re planning a trip to Sikkim, be sure to add the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary to your itinerary.

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  • Preeti Thulung
    Preeti Thulung
    3 months ago

    Who am I to review nature created by God! All I will write about is this - Barsey is a natural trail you can hike to witness a grand beauty of rhododendron blossoms in the spring season. It’s a paradise when you visit during the flowering season. It’s not a difficult hike and anyone with reasonable fitness should be able to walk up and down the trail. It’s a cold place therefore carry warm clothes and snacks to fuel you during the walk. Once you reach the summit, there is a home stay run by the locals. The washrooms could have been maintained well. Water should be provided in the washrooms. You have a breathtaking view from location. Also, support the locals by buying their local produce. I don’t endorse drinking but I shall mention rhododendron wine that is much talked about! If you enjoy nature, you surely will draw in the refreshing energy that Barsey offers you abundantly!

  • Bapan Bar
    Bapan Bar
    2 months ago

    It's superb,,just awesome,, trekking with Pushaiji,,Ram Bahadur ji ,, and The greatest Kanchenjunga........We love it..💗💗💗💗

  • Arkaprava De
    Arkaprava De
    3 months ago

    I will visit again. Best time to visit march 20 to april 8. As a Birdwatcher it was heaven place.

  • Sagar Manger
    Sagar Manger
    a year ago

    My experience at Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in Sikkim was nothing short of magical. From the moment I arrived, I was awestruck by the stunning natural beauty of this incredible sanctuary. As I walked through the lush greenery and rolling hills of the sanctuary, I was surrounded by a riot of color and fragrance from the breathtaking rhododendron flowers. Everywhere I looked, I saw vibrant hues of pink, red, and purple, creating a feast for the eyes that left me spellbound. But it wasn't just the stunning flowers that made my experience at Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary so memorable. I was also lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some of the incredible wildlife that calls this sanctuary home, including Himalayan black bears and red pandas. As I explored the sanctuary further, I also discovered hidden waterfalls, babbling brooks, and serene glades that provided the perfect spot for a peaceful picnic or a moment of quiet reflection. Overall, my experience at Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary was one of the highlights of my travels in Sikkim. I would highly recommend this magical sanctuary to anyone looking to experience the beauty and wonder of nature in all its glory.

  • Abhishek Roy
    Abhishek Roy
    10 months ago

    Awesome place to visit in west Sikkim.we visited in mid of April 2023. U can also see the Kanchenjunga but for that you have to walk 4 kms. Good for the nature and flower lover. And don’t miss the drink made of the flower, that tastes awesome.

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