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Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

Famous for its Blooming Rhododendron

Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

The Barsey is another beautiful hamlet that is perched at an altitude of about 10,000ft and is a beautiful paradise for nature lovers and the Barsey Rhododendrons Sanctuary is another superb offering that must be visited while you are around. The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary lies in the south west corner of the West Sikkim district. Spreading over 104 sq. km, across the razor sharp Singalila Range, which forms the natural international border with Nepal. There are three points of entry ino this sanctuary from Hilley, Dentam and Soreng. Tourists generally prefer Hilley since it is approachable by road. The bridle path from Hilley to Barsey is a favorite amongst tourists especially during the Rhododendron flowering season. The faunal value of Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary includes Leopard cat , Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten , Himalayan Palm Civet, Himalayan Langur, Crimson Horned Pheasant, Monal Pheasant, Kaleej and many diverse species of birds.

The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary spans over the razor sharp Singalila Range. The climate is wet and cold favoring the spread of the dominant genus Rhododendron. July is the wettest month, with the average annual precipitation being in excess of 250 cm. The reaches above 2500m receive regular snowfall in winter. Clear skies can be experienced only from November to May.

Sightseeing in Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

Darap village

Darap Cherry Village is one of the few places undiscovered where travelers looking for a taste of bucolic life can escape from the maddening crowds of touristic places. The village is a living testimony of the Limboo culture and tradition that blend with natural resources and bio diversity, more than elsewhere in the state of Sikkim. Local homestays of Darap offer a village retreat gifting you a quiet holiday amidst the glorious scenic wonders of the charismatic village. The road bifurcating from the village to Nambu leads to one of the holiest cave where Guru Padsambhava had meditated, Nub Dechen Phug and the route further connects to Singalila Range through Yambong trek.

Sangachoeling Monastery

Located in the midst of a picturesque setting with fluttering prayer flags and calm environment, Sangachoeling is a prestigious monastery in Sikkim. It is noted to be one of the oldest and most important Buddhistshrines in Sikkim, besides; it also offers a splendid view of the snow-clad peaks. Sangachoeling is said to be built in the year 1697 and the creator of the monastery is Gyalwa Lhatsum Chempo who was the follower of the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.


Uttarey is a small village close to Nepal boarder in West Sikkim. The place is about 30 kms from the popular tourist destination of Pelling. Uttarey is popular among tourists for the serene environment of the place and many tourist attractions in and around. From the higher ridges of the Uttarey hills, view of the great mountain of Kanchenjunga can be seen.