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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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  • Archana Lama
    Archana Lama
    2 months ago

    Ideal for day treks with easy trails and even more beautiful to visit when the flowers are in their full bloom. Even the kids would love to hike.

  • Sabyasachi Guin
    Sabyasachi Guin
    2 months ago

    Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in the Singalila Range in western Sikkim. It borders Nepal to the west, and in the state of West Bengal to the south across the Rambong Khola stream. Barsey trek is a short unique nature hike inside Rhododendron Sanctuary, West Sikkim. Embrace the beautiful nature and listen to the clouds whispering magical tales.

  • J N
    J N
    3 months ago

    The Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary or Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary occupies 104 km2 in the Singalila Range in western Sikkim. It borders on Nepal to the west, and on the state of West Bengal to the south across the Rambong Khola stream. The rhododendrons bloom during March and April. The Barsey Sanctuary can be reached from three points, Hilley, Dentam and Soreng. The most popular entry is Hilley since it is approachable by road and Varsey is only 4 km trek from this point along an undulating path shaded by different species of rhododendron. Sikkim government has an arrangement for tourists to stay on top of the hill in a forest barrack. There are now several home-stays at the entrance of Versay Rhododendron Sanctuary as well as at Okhrey, which is a small village inhabited by mainly the Sherpa community. #Collected

  • Preeti Thulung
    Preeti Thulung
    2 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 in a much better way with proper hygiene. Water should be provided in the washrooms. On the brighter side, you will experience a breathtaking view from this location of the hills around and the mountain. 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!

  • Swarnav Saha
    Swarnav Saha
    2 years ago

    It's a very big and wonderful forest. It's famous for birds and Rhododendron. Four colors of Rhododendron are available here, red, white, pink, yellow. And the best time to see Rhododendron is in April. Birds are available all the time but you can see them in the morning and afternoon time. From entry point to track 4km upside for a viewpoint and homestay and a small monastery is there. The tracking road is full of adventures. Thick heavy forest and very cold and fog. Also in the entry point there have an restaurant, u can take drink, Maggie and can take drink and local wine also.

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