Uttarey is a small village close to Nepal boarder in West Sikkim. The place is about 30 kms from the popular tourist destination of Pelling. Uttarey is popular among tourists for the serene environment of the place and many tourist attractions in and around. From the higher ridges of the Uttarey hills, view of the great mountain of Kanchenjunga can be seen.
Situated in the west district of Sikkim, you can reach Uttarey from Pelling or Dentum. On your way you will pass Singshore bridge, said to be the second highest bridge in Asia. The altitude of Uttarey is about 6600ft.
Uttarey is famous for its tranquility and natural beauty. The place provides beautiful view to the Himalayan mountains and is yet relatively less traveled by tourists. This allows a more serene atmosphere to be enjoyed. During winter the mountains around here are covered with snow allowing heavenly views.
Things to See at Uttarey
The Titanic Park – A building in the shape of the famous Ship is constructed opposite the main market of Uttarey. The building is closed but is a good place for taking photographs.
The Kagyu Gumpha (Gumpha is the local for monastery) in Uttarey is a highly revered place of worship for the locals and a good place for sightseeing. The monastery is set amidst dense forests. The wall paintings in the monastery might be of interest to you. The Dentam peak and the river is also visible from the monastery. The place is about 10 minutes walk from Titanic park and located on top of a hill. Build in 1711, this is one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim. The Monastery building has been renovated and it is not a 1711 building that you will get to see here.
Tenzing Hillary Memorial Park – The park was inaugurated in 2015 to add to the attraction of Uttarey. The road to the park is not in great shape at the time of writing this article, but it is worth a visit for the mesmerising view of the area. Great view of the Kanchenjunga range can be seen from here on a clear day. There are statues of the two great climbers here.
Trout Farm – The trout farm is just about 2 kms from Uttarey village. There are several large cemented ponds in which the trout fishes can be seen in thousands. The surrounding area is also quite peaceful and serene and you might find it worth spending some time close to the river nearby.
Mainebass Waterfall – This is a beautiful waterfall near Uttarey that can be visited on foot. The water fall is about 7 kms from Uttarey town. You have to travel through the west bound road from Uttarey which leads to the trout farm. From here another 5 kms walk through the forested trail will take you to Mainebass Falls. Camping near the waterfall is also possible.
Other important tourist spots around Uttarey include the Mainbus Waterfall and the Chewyabhang Pass. This pass is about 10 km of Uttara and is the gateway to Nepal.
How to reach Uttarey
Uttarey is the last village in West Sikkim district. The Nepal boarder is just a few hours trek from here. Most tourists coming to Uttarey has to reach the Rinchenpong area first. From here continuing on the same highway will take you to Uttarey via Bermiok, Hee and Dentam. The other route reaches here through Pelling. Both roads meet near Singshore bridge.
At naturebeyond we have our own fleet of vehicles which regularly ply with tourists to different destinations in West Sikkim such as Uttarey. You may contact our helpdesk for transport service to Uttarey area.
From NJP – 160 kms
From Darjeeling – 136 kms
From Gangtok – 140 kms
From Ravangla – 75 kms
From Pelling – 30 kms
From Rinchenpong – 35 kms
From Dentam – 10 kms
Uttarey and its surrounding area such as Hee, has several small resorts and homestays. The budget hotels are concentrated mostly on the main market of Uttarey which is on the main road. Better accommodation options are spread all over the hills. For the best accommodation for your budget and preference, write to our helpdesk team by filling the enquiry form.
At naturebeyond we also provide package tours and transportation for tourists visiting Sikkim Darjeeling area including Uttarey. You may contact our helpdesk for any travel related queries that you may have.