Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in West Sikkim is situated at the elevation between 6300 ft and 12000ft. Sandwiched between the Singalila National Park in the south and Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in the north, this small 104-sq-km sanctuary is known for its wide variety of bio-diversity. The main attractions of the sanctuary are the rhododendrons which bloom in April-May. During this time the hills become alive with riot of colors varying from pure red to yellow, blue and white. The sanctuary is also a home to several other species of Primula, Magnolia, oaks and pine. The entire region is covered with dense primitive forest and most of the part is still vergin. The sanctuary is also famous for rare Himalayan species like Red Panda and Black Bear.
The Hilley – Varsey trail passes through brightly coloured species of blooming rhododendrons. The trek covers a total distance of 4 km and the walk along the Singalila will offer you glimpses of Mt. Kanchenjunga Range.
Nearest airport is Bagdogra, W Bengal, 176 km.RAIL
NJP is the nearest Rail station, W Bengal-173 km.ROAD
Tourists can take this route for Barsey -
NJP/Bagdogra/Siliguri - Jorethang - Okhrey (halt for the night) - Hilley (motor-able road ends here) - Trek through Rhododendron Sanctuary.
Okhre is a picturesque village and best for night hault in this route.
Siliguri to Okhrey 146 kms, Okhrey to Hilley 10kms, Hilley to Barsey trek 4 kms.
NJP/Bagdogra to Siliguri 13kms.