Varsey | Rhododendron Sanctuary

Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary (বার্সে/ভার্সে) – trekking paradise, established in 1998, which is situated in west district of Sikkim at Singalila ridge. The sanctuary is covering an area of 104 sq. km. It is provides an exotic view of snow-capped Kanchenjunga range. Varsey is one of the more attractive destinations of Sikkim which attracts number of domestic and foreign tourist cum nature lover. The main attraction of Varsey is Rhododendron Sanctuary, which is surrounded by so many (approx. 600 varieties) Rhododendron which get blooms in the months of March-April. This sanctuary is home of wide verity of rare flora and fauna and wild lives.

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          You will get much information regarding Varsey and surrounding from Google by a single key press, today I will depict most attractive tour plan or tour itinerary for Hilley-Versey-Kaluk.           

1)   3 Nights 4 Days Okhrey – Hilley – Varsey

Day 1: Reach Okhrey from Siliguri/NJP/Gangtok and overnight stay at Okhery.

Day 2: Okhrey – Hilley, Hike to Versay [4km.]

Day 3: reach in Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. Overnight stay at Varsey

Day 4: after breakfast back to Siliguri/NJP/Bagdogra/Gangtok/Temi


2)   4 Nights 5 Days Hilley – Varsey – Kaluk

Day 1: Siliguri/NJP/Gangtok to Hilley.

Day 2: Hilley to Varsey by 40 minutes trek & night halt.

Day 3: Enjoy the Majestic Kanchendzonga during sunrise at dawn & back to Hilley. Then come to Kaluk & night stay.

Day 4: Kaluk sightseeing & night Stay.

Day 5: Kaluk to Siliguri/NJP/Bagdogra/Gangtok/Temi Tea Homestay.


3)   2 Night 3 Days Dentam – Varsey – Soreng

Accommodation in Varsey

Varsey is a paradise for nature lover, you can trek to Varsey (Barsey) and back to Hilley, Okhrey on same day. But staying at Rhododendron Sanctuary is a lifetime achievement; fascinating view of whole area is just unforgettable on a full moon night. Fabulous sunrise over Khangchendzongha range is another best gift by god to you from Sun-Rise point. But there (Varsey rhododendron sanctuary) has very less option to stay; it’s difficult to get a single bed in peak-season. Only stay options are the Forest Rest House and Guraskunj or Guras Kunj (a stone carved bungalow inside sanctuary). Only a double bedded room and dormitory beds are available for tourists.

          Tariff starts from Rs.1500 per day for dbl bed room and Rs.900/ to Rs.1000/ per bed for dormitory. Delicious veg and non-veg thalis are available at Guras Kunj, call caretaker in advance for that).

          Contact us or send us inquiry for confirm accommodation booking at Varsey and package for Hiley - Okhrey - Varsey. Also you can stay at Okhrey, see here Okhrey Homestay details.  

How to Reach Varsey

Nearest airport is Bagdogra and railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP), total distance around 125 kms. from Siliguri. You can take a jeep to Jorethang (fare around Rs.100 to Rs.150) from Siliguri and then another Jeep to Hilley. Also you can hire an exclusive car directly to Hilley.

Best Season to Visit Varsey

Best time to visit Varsey is spring time (March to May), another best time is October- November.

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