Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary at Hilley Varsey is spread across an area of 104 sq. km along the Singalila Ridge and forms a natural boundary between India and Nepal. The Hilley - Varsey hike is an trek along the widespread Rhododendron valley. Varsey - the valley of rhododendrons as it is popularly called is a streach where rhododendrons are available in all shades and shapes . The Hilley - Varsey trail is ablaze with a riot of colors during the months of March and April created by many species of rhododendrons blooming across the valley. The dense forest of Varsey is covered with silver firs, magnolia and rhododendron trees and bushes.
The tour starts from Hilley and ends at Phalut or Srikhola.On the way the trekers will pass through Deolingoli dhap ,Achaley, Thulo dhap and Khorkey.Trek through the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is an unique experience of travelling amidst the colours. As the traveler proceeds further the majestic himalaya reveals itself. The snowclad peaks, the silent valleys and the silence will accompany the traveller all through.
The golden yellow rhododendron, scientifically called the Dendobrium hookeriana is named after Joseph Dalton Hooker, the man who extensively documented the flora and fauna of Varsey hilley region, and published the book called the “Rhododendrons of Sikkim” in 1849
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Phalut and Ribdy are the nearby places which can be reached from Hilley and Varsey after a short trek.
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Bagdogra is the nearest Airport from Varsey
New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station from Varsey
Varsey is well connected through private car service from New Jalpaiguri