Dhotrey or Dhotre (ধোত্রে) is a small Himalayan village located within the buffer zone of Singalila National Park in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is belonging to Eastern Himalaya and situated at 8500 ft. above sea level, distance from Darjeeling only 11 kms. At present trekkers and nature lovers can stay at Dhotrey, in the village homestays or in the trekker's huts. Jeep, car and bus services are available regularly from Darjeeling, Sukhiapokhri (see Jorpokhri) and NJP via Manebhanjang.
Would like to add a flavor to your vacation in Darjeeling? Want to add a day trek in your tour plan? Dhotrey offers a wonderful trek to Tonglu (only 7km) through an exquisite forest trail thus letting you avoid conventional trek from Manebhanjang (see Majua). One can enjoy a majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga range.
Dhotrey is paradise for trekkers, nature lovers and bird watchers, commercialized accommodations not being developed to retain the natural charm. Homestay accommodations are only option to stay at Dhotrey, local villagers and tourism development communities has set homestays for comfortable stay with all basic facilities like cozy bed, hygienic and spacious rooms with attached bath. Tariff stars from Rs.900 to Rs.1250 per head per day full board (breakfast to dinner). Travel tips and trekking guidelines also provided with porters.
Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and airport is Bagdogra (IXB) direct car/taxi available from NJP, Siliguri and airport. Distance from NJP railway station around 100 kms and 95 kms from Siliguri through Rohini, Kurseong, Ghoom, Sukhia Pokhri and Mane Bhanjang.You can take shared jeep from Siliguri up to Ghoom then wait for another shared jeep to Sukhia Pokhri, from here take shared jeep or car to Dhotrey.
Dhotrey can be visited throughout the year, but best time to visit Dhotrey is mid of September and December to enjoy memorizing views of Mighty Kanchenjunga. Another best time to visit Dhotrey is between March and early April when the region is filled with the fragrance and blossoms of magnolias, spruce and rhododendrons.