Hee Bermiock in West Sikkim is at an altitude of 1,700m above sea level can be traveled from New Jalpaiguri (NJP). It is an all-weather destination, its charm changing with every season. In winter it is especially a traveler’s delight with clear skies and snow-capped peaks all around.
The shrill whistle of birds is a wake up call for you morning and what awaits you is the marvelous morning view of the sunrise. As the first slanted rays of the sun appeared from behind the hills in the east, the crests of the Kanchenjungha got smeared with molten gold. The gold turned to white through diffusing shades of yellow as the sun started moving upwards in the sky. Between Hee Bermiock and Kanchenjungha, there is only one hill that hosts Ghesing on one side and Peling on the other.
You could not resist visiting Chhai Tal, a lake 10km uphill from Hee Bazaar, the main market place of the hill town. There is a cultural programme of east Himalayan tribes which is also worth enjoying. The folk songs and dances in traditional costumes and ornaments will make the day even more magical.
Near Rinchengpong, six kilometres downhill from the town, there is a monastery where a woman embraces the idol of Ati Buddha, an exceptional sight indeed.
Different shades of green, colourful flowers, a variety of orchids and tiny birds with bright feathers dotted with red, blue, green and black are a photographer’s delight. At sunset, rays turn golden again but this time it looks as if a white sari with a golden border covering the Himalayan beauty queen.
The local foods which are also an attraction of the tourists are momos, steaming thukpa and local wine.
How to go ?
You can reach Hee Bermiock from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) or Siliguri by road via Jorathang. One has to pass through Reshi and Rinchengpong.
Where to stay ?
There are several hotels to choose from. One can book hotels and get information from the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation office at 4/1 Middleton Street, Calcutta. Phone: (033) 22817905
Website : www.sikkimstdc.com