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Hee - Bermiok

Hee – Bermiok is a group of villages in West Sikkim that has become prominent tourist destination in the recent past. The area is not one single tourist destination but a cluster of tourist destinations each of which has its pride of place on its own right.

Location

The villages of the region are mostly set on the northern side of a long East-West spanning ridge that rises from the Rangit river and continues west till it breaks into a number of smaller ridges before entering Nepal through the Singalila Range. To the immediate north is another ridge on which the famous tourist town of Pelling is situated. Further North is the Kanchenjunga Massif. This area South West of Pelling has become popular amongst tourists as it offers equally breathtaking views of the mountains as Pelling, yet the area is much less crowded and ideally suited for leisurely stay.
The forest to its immediate South is Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, which connects with the Singalila National Park of West Bengal further South, and to the West, the Nepal boarder.

The most prominent tourist destination of the area is Rinchenpong and Kaluk. These two places are Easternmost to the region and most easily accessible. The Rinchenpong Kaluk area can be reached through one of the two roads, either via Soreng or via Legship. Both roads meet at Kaluk about 3 kms from Rinchenpong.

About 6 kms further west from Kaluk will take you to Bermiok and Central Martam. The area is home to a number of homestay and village tourism initiatives.

Another 6 kms further West on the same road will take you to Hee. The Hee village on the roadside does not have a lot to offer to the tourists. But if you take diversion here and ride uphill you will soon reach villages such as Hee-Patal and Chayatal. This area is quite popular for the Chayatal lake and the statue of Srijunga at Gumba Dara.

Come back to the main road and continue further West. Soon you will reach Dentam (about 5 kms from Hee). Dentam is a major commercial centre of the region. There are tourist lodges and homestay available here. Gurasey Dara is a beautiful hilltop near Dentam where you can take rest amongst blooming Rhododendron.

From Dentam you can take a right turn and travel to Pelling 27 kms away. Or you can continue on the main road to reach the famous Singshore Bridge 6 kms away. Cross the hanging bridge and drive further 6 Kms to reach Uttarey. This is the westernmost part of West Sikkim. The Nepal boarder is visible from parts of Uttarey village and is within an arial distance of 6 to 7 kms approximately.

Things to See

Hee – Bermiok is not a typical sightseeing tourist destination. You would be visiting the village for its astounding mountain views, simple village walks, uncluttered way of life, chirping birds and hospitable people.

However if you want to visit around for some sightseeing, remember, Kaluk – Rinchenpong is just 10 kms away and Pelling, the most important tourist place of West Sikkim, is just 40 kms away. As a result you may enjoy all the tourist attractions west Sikkim based here. Remember there are restriction on vehicle sightseeing in West Sikkim. Some official and some are created by local transport unions. So if you plan to travel extensively to all the sightseeing places around, we strongly recommend you communicate with our travel experts about it.

Getting There

The nearest rail station is New Jalpaiguri, 135 kms away, whereas the nearest airport is Bagdogra, 140 kms. The other places of tourist importance around Hee - Bermiok are as follows 

Pelling – 40 Kms
Kaluk / Rinchenpong – 10 kms
Ravangla – 50 kms
Gangtok – 120 kms

Map of Hee Bermiok

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