Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary lies in the southwestern corner of Sikkim, in the West district. The sanctuary is named after Rhododendron plant. The sanctuary is bordered to the west by Nepal and to the south by the neighbouring Indian state of West Bengal. It provides habitat contiguity between Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve to the north and Singalila National Park (West Bengal) to the south.
Flagship Plant: Rhododendron plants
Notified Area: 104 km2.
Elevation: 2,200 metres to 4,100 metres.
The best time to visit is spring season i.e. in the months of March and April. Rhododendrons bloom during this period. During the rainy season from July to September forest ground remains damp so this time should be avoided.
Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is regarded as the valley of flower in west Sikkim. Its major forest types are east Himalayan wet temperate forest, east Himalayan moist temperate forest, east Himalayan dry temperate coniferous forest, east Himalayan subalpine birch Betula/fir abies forest birch rhododendron, Rhododendron scrub forest, deciduous alpine scrub and alpine pastures.
Many species including Leopard cat, Red panda, Spotted Linsang, Himalayan languor, Small Asian Mongoose, Indian Grey Mongoose, Large Indian Civet, Small Indian Civet, Himalayan (Masked) Palm Civet, Binturong etc.
About 114 species of birds found including Crimson Horned Pheasant, Monal Pheasant, Kaleej etc.
Nearest town: Okhrey
Park Specific Activities: Trekking
Hike from Hilley to Barsey Wildlife Sanctuary though through colourful Rhododendron forest and glacial streams.