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Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, West Sikkim

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The Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary or Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is situated in Western Sikkim in Singalila Range forming a natural border with Nepal in The West. The sanctuary also borders the State West Bengal from Sikkim in the south by Rambong Khola stream. The entire sanctuary is spread over 104 km2, across the Singalila Range. The Varsey 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 through the beautiful undulated path shaded by different species of rhododendron. The rhododendrons bloom only during months of March and April.FaunaFloraRed pandaTourismSikkim government has an arrangement for tourists to stay on top of the hill in a forest barrack. The rooms can be booked by calling Mr. Pusai, 9733412807, who is manager of the barrack.
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  • March-April is the best time to visit Varsay or Barsay as we find the entire valley covered with beautiful Rhododendron all around...apart from it, we also get to see the numbers of flowering plants l...  more »
  • Hilley was the base camp from where we started our 6 day trek to Poktey Dara. The entrance to the Rhododendron sanctuary is from HIlley which itself is a beautiful place with beautiful people. The hik...  more »
  • It's hardly 3.5 kms smooth trek from Hilley through dense Rododendron Sanctuary and the natural habitat of Red Panda. I was there many times since the year 2000. Actually I found there a person BANDHU...  more »