Uttarey or Uttrey is a small village with very less population in West Sikkim. The place is about 32 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.
What to see:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Reach:
NJP to Uttarey : 160 kms, 5-6 hours drive. Either one can reach Jorethang from NJP/Bagdogra and then proceed to Uttarey or one can stay overnight at Namchi, Pelling or Rinchenpong and proceed to Uttarey the next day. 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.