For those who love nature but don’t relish sweating across long treks, the ‘Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary’ provides an ideal excursion. Located in the south-west corner of West Sikkim and spreading over 104sq km across the ridge of the Singalila range, it forms part of India’s natural international border with Nepal. The protected forest is home to Silver Fir, Hemlock, Magnolia and the Rhododendron.
The 2-3 hours journey through the sanctuary will be a wonderful memory to cherish for time to come. If you want to see the riot of colours, the month of March and April will be ideal for you. This is the season when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom. There’s plenty of action for keen birdwatchers as well. The silence of the forest evokes a sense of eerie and serenity at the same time.
At the end of the 4km trek you can take shelter in Guras Kunj, the only trekker’s hut situated at Barsey. Nestled amidst of the forest, overlooking Mt. Kanchenjunga the trekker’s hut offers comfortable accommodation. The peaceful ambiance, the lush greenery around and the magnificent view of Kanchenjunga are reason enough to stay in Barsey for a couple of days.
Joseph Dalton Hooker obtained his MD from Glasgow University in 1839. After that young Hooker travelled extensively for most of his life, going off on botanical expeditions to all corners of the world. He came to Sikkim for the 1st time in 1848, and his year-long travels resulted in an amazing record of the numerous species of animal and plant life, many of which turned out to be new discoveries. Numerous species of rhododendrons, ferns and orchids (like the spectacular golden yellow Dendobrium Hookeriana with its deeply fringed lips and rich purple spots) are named after Hooker. He published ‘Rhododendrons of Sikkim’ in 1849, while his ‘Himalayan Journals’ a travelogue, is a classic treasured by naturalists, historians and sociologists.
So if you prefer a week of full-on fun with your gang of friends to a lazy escapade, 99 Planet Holidays has this offbeat trail to offer. Take a plunge into these dare devil adventure trek and have the time of your life – 99 Planet Holidays will make sure that your trip at the pristine Barsey is a guaranteed right!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||NJP Railway Station|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 1 hour before the train.|