Five hours from Gangtok, Bagdogra Airport, New Jalpaiguri (N.J.P.) Railway Station and Siliguri, three hours from Darjeeling and Kalimpong and one and a half hours from Pelling – Uttarey in extreme West Sikkim is the “Virgin and Hidden Paradise on Earth”, and also is popularly known as the “Base Camp of Adventure Tourism for the Singalila Range Eco-Tourism Trekking Trail Towards Khangchendzenga” and also an important “Gate Way of International-Indo-Nepal Border Trade Route” through Chewabhanjyangla pass.
The word “Uttarey” is derived from many nomenclatures like “Utey-Tarey” which means “Call and Bring Together” in Limboo language, i.e. Uttarey was generally named from the habitations made by different communities who were called and brought a century year ago from different places by the Limboo Chiefs giving them shelter as neighbors in that area then was the pasture land. It is the factual telling of the octagenerarian people.
In the next, “Uttarey is derived from the Nepali word “UTTAR” which means the North. Just in the midst of South Part of valley, there is a holy perennial source of water stream floating out towards the North, so that is called as “Uttarey”. But it is wonder that its twisting outlet source West. There is a famous and believing “Durga Mandir” blessing the valley with peace and prosperity. In the extreme North-East corner of the lake, in a jungle, there lies a “Jalpa Devithan,” which is believed to be the guard of the lake.It is believed with the facts that there was a big lake with full of water in this valley about 100 years ago. But, later, it was drained out because of endangering loss of many domestic animals and even for the human beings hebitated around and has becoming dried slowly since last 80 years. However, there lies still a big mercy land with full of herbal plants called as Bhojo in the local language.
Located on the lap of the SINGALILA RANGE, PHOKTEY DARA in the West and Neydham (Dichenphu) in the north, Uttarey is a small but beautiful and a virgin paradise on earth set amidst the pristine valley. It is surrounded by hill tops, waterfalls, frothing rivers, evergreen forest, medicinal herbs and mountains hamlets.
On the panoramic view of Singalila Range, the morning starts with the soft and lovely golden sun rays on its top so warmly welcoming the day and just in the reverse the evening starts with setting up of the sun passing through the same peak welcoming breezing and freezing night is really a unique and a quite memorable experience one can enjoy in the life.The climatic condition of Uttarey Valley is so suitable for every tourist visitors visiting from different climatic habitants of the world as is neither so cold nor so hot, but remains so moderate with calm, silent, peace and clean environment and so goes open in all the seasons. Despite the global warming, Uttarey sometimes enjoys with heavy snow fall during winter seasons.
Every visitor shall become so compelling to make oneself a poet expressing the heavenly imaginary core language wave of the heart on Cheery Blossom in the months of October – November and on Rhododendron Blossom in the months of March-April-May in fact dancing with the fluttering butterflies, singing with the chirping birds and enjoying with the breezing bees all around.
Uttarey Valley, so far its itineraries around are concerned, is an ideal place for eco-tourism, adventure tourism, educational tourism on botany, zoology, ornithology , ethnology and also an ideal place for the quite holiday home-seekers, village-tourism, nature lover, bird watchers with rewarding walks and trekking trails with the nature\’s panoramic view.
Uttarey is also an excellent departure point for both long treks [like Kalizar to explore Phoktey dara and Singalila Top trek :5 day trek route] or shorter excursions into the Singalila Range.
A popular short trek here is a trailk to Maine Bass waterfalls. A short trek to Maine Bass Water Falls for those who cannot to do moderate and alpine trek. Its is easily assiceible trek route for family, old age and for children . Maine bass water falls is hidden and virgin Isolated inside the lush green Rhododendron and oak forest, cascading from the height of nearly 100ft, Mainibas is a "Sacred Hidden Heaven Falls". It is situated hardly 200m right side of Uttarey – Chewabhanjyang trekking trail. On the right side of these falls and at the equal height there is a huge overhanging stone cliff where there are plenty of wild bee hive. "Maain" in local language means" wax" and "baas" means the place to get "halt." In the olden days the local people of the area used to adorn themselves by applying bee wax on their beard, mustache and hair. This is also an ideal habit for number of birds both local and migratory and their chirping in the morning sunshine adds value to this "Mainbas Falls." It is also an ideal place for bird watching especially flock tail, Magpais and White cap. Diversity of flora is also amazing and plenty of wild animals like Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Serow, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Yellow Throated Martin, Himalayan Palm Civet, Large Indian Civet, Leopard and Hairy Brown Squirrel. It is suitable place for Nature Camping.