Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary Experience
Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary in West Sikkim is home to 13 different varieties of rhododendron species. During spring season (April onwards) entire hill slopes are covered with Arboreum, Falconeri, Barbatum, Hodgsoni and Campanulatum, the most commonly found rhododendron species in this sanctuary.
Sikkim is a biodiversity hotspot and is home to 36 varieties of rhododendrons which is about 70% of species found in the Indian Himalayas.
Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is explored as part of a trekking trip. The Trek covers the higher reaches of the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. The flowering season also attracts a plethora of bird species making it a delight for bird watchers. One gets an opportunity to see many rare birds like the Black-breasted Parrotbill, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal and Rusty-bellied Shortwing, besides many varieties of Flycatchers, Laughingthrushes, Tits and Babblers.
The trek winds its way through the source of two rivers, which originate from moist grassy meadows. After Thulo Dhaap the trail climbs up to the Shingalila Ridge opening up grand vistas of the snow-capped mountain ranges. All along the way trekkers are able to get views of the Khangchendzonga range.
Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is a must do for bird watchers and nature lovers and is recommended for anyone looking to explore best of flora, views and birds of sikkim with a bit of adventure embedded in it.