Mirik, Darjeeling

about Mirik

Mirik is a hill station near Darjeeling in West Bengal. If you are visiting Darjeeling, you can hardly let pass Mirik. The place is only 49 km from Darjeeling and 52km from Bagdogra / NJP and can be reached from either place quite easily. Mirik is 1767 meters above the sea level and has charming weather throughout the year.

Mirik is a newfound hill town in the heaven called Darjeeling, tickling curious and exploring travelers under their chin. They can start with the clear expanse of Sumendu Lake where the opportunity of boating and picnicking entices more than anything else. Seducing the couples and travel enthusiasts with the lake, Mirik binds them with the mysticism crafted by the shimmering reflection of the town in the lake.

The 40 km drive from Mirik to Darjeeling is one of the best you can have in the region. About half the route is through the Nepal border and almost the entire route is through forests of Pine, fir and chestnut oak forest. The beautiful road passes through small hamlets of Sukiapokhari, Pashupati,  and Simana. You will also pass by Lepchajagat which has become a tourist destination on its own right. You can stop over at Pashupati and enter Nepal here. The Pashupati market in Nepal is an attraction for tourists which markets Nepalese as well as cheap Chinese products. There are also some picturesque tea gardens on this route such as Gopaldhara tea garden and Thurbo tea garden. If you love nature in its pristine beauty, the Darjeeling – Mirik drive is one you must enjoy during your trip.

Things to See and Do

The lake Samendu popularly known as Mirik lake is about 1.25 km long and a 3.5 km road surrounds the lake. The lake is the major attraction of Mirik. Swimming in the lake is not advisable since the wastewater from the town falls into this lake. At the backdrop of the lake, you will get an idyllic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the green luster of Oak, Chestnut, and Maple. Boating in this lake placid is a must to soothe the soul of a weary traveler. A stroll around the lake is highly recommended. You can also go for a horse ride around the lake.

The Mirik Lake is an artificial lake created during the 1970s by the West Bengal government to make Mirik an attractive tourist destination. And it has worked wonders for the small town and its tourism. There is an arched bridge over the lake and a large ground where all sorts of tourism activity from horse ride to feeding the fish takes place. Most hotels are situated around the lake so is the taxi stand and typical tourism infrastructure.

Tingling View Point / Kawlay Dara Viewpoint - About 8 km south of Mirik towards Siliguri is the Tingling viewpoint. From here you can view the tea gardens carpeted tea plantation. Many of the best tea garden pictures you will see online is taken here. The viewpoint is surrounded by three tea gardens. One can

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