Bordered by Bhutan, West Bengal, Tibet and Nepal, Uttarey is a small rural community situated on the northern slope of “Singalila Range” in West Sikkim. It is leisurely rising as a satellite township and is only 140 km away from Gangtok and 150 km away from Siliguri. This attractive village with plentiful nature lies amidst a valley of herbal plants bounded by hills which blossom in a never ending array of Rhododendrons. Uttarey is one of the gateways of Singalila trek. Nature has entire heartedly shower itself in this village and that is very much obvious in the never ending greenery of the area.
Best Places to visit in Uttarey
- Singalila Ridge
- Phoktey Dara
- Singshore Bridge
- Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary
With Singalila ridge treks show, brace yourself for several of the most breath taking tourist attractions of the Himalayas. You will be creation your way to the beautiful Singalila Ridge, the global boundary line of India and Nepal. Take pleasure in the follow amidst the plentiful “Singalila National Park” where you are greet by an array of rhododendrons, conifers as well as orchids. The skill also gives you a feel of the varied and rich culture of Mongolian, Tibetan, immigrant Nepalese and Indians. The religion of Buddhism is extremely famous here.
Near Hilley, in West Sikkim is the “Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary”. Sandwiched between “Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve” in the north, the “Singalila National Park” in the south and this small 104 sq km sanctuary is at an height of 10,000 ft and supports a wide variety of bio-diversity. But the main attraction of the place of safety are the rhododendrons which blossom in April-May complexion the Sanctuary in wild dump. Hilley is last motorable point previous to Varsey. A 4 km walk through attractive sulk forest take you to the refuge. You can be able to hang about at the “Gurash Kunj” Lodge here.
Best time to visit Uttarey
The enjoyable climatic condition of Uttarey is favorable for all type of visitors from any part of the world. The place offers a enjoyable climatic condition as the temperature remains reasonable in almost all season. So, you can visit this attractive place throughout any time of the year. However, if you are preparation to see the blossoming of Rhododendrons, then “March” is the most excellent month and winter is best for trek and hikes.
How to reach Uttarey
By Air : If you are flying to Bagdogra from other cities, direct bus or shared jeeps aren’t available from Bagdogra. You need to come to Siliguri, then hire a shared jeep. To reach Siliguri from Bagdogra, you need to come out of the airport to the highway. Cross the road and wait for buses or other vehicles coming that side. It will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to reach Siliguri from Bagdogra. If you are lucky, you will normally hear drivers shouting Siliguri Siliguri just outside the airport exit. Take it to reach Siliguri, ask him to drop you near SNT bus stand. From SNT bus and Taxi stand you get jeeps to Uttarey and Jorethang. If you do not get straight jeeps, you may get to Jorethang first and then change from Jorethang hub.
By Train : If you are travelling by the railways, then New Jalpaiguri should be your last point. From here too, direct vehicle are not available for Yuksom. You need to come to Siliguri SNT bus stand. From SNT bus and Taxi stand you get jeeps to Uttarey and Jorethang. If you do not get direct jeeps, you may get to Jorethang first and then change from Jorethang hub.
By Road : If you are in a group of more than 4 members, hiring a chartered vehicle is the best option which can pick you up from Bagdogra airport or NJP railway station, get you hassle free to Uttarey.