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  • The people of North Bengal are also a varied lot. The tea gardens brought in Tribals from Bengal and Bihar. The hill stations attracted people from neighboring Nepal, and the partition of 1947 brought in Hordes of Bengalis from Bangladesh.
  • The Hills, the jungles and the serene beauty of undulating tea gardens spread to the horizon.

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Mirik

Mirik is a hill station in Darjeeling district. It is located at an altitude of about 1500 meter or 4500 feet. The small town is cantered around a 1.25 km long lake known as Lake Samendu. The pristine lake is surrounded by high forested hills and tea gardens. Boating in the lake is a fascinating activity for the tourists. Mirik is also famous for its tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations.

Orientation

The town is dominated by the large Mirik lake. Southern part of the lake is the tourist town where almost all the hotels are located. The Northern part of the lake is more local and in the Northernmost fringe is the crowded Mirik market. This area is also more prone to traffic jam and people jostling as they travel for work. Just go beyond the market and another Mirik opens up to you, non-touristic, calm and serene. This is the area where most of the beautiful homestays and lodges are located that offer great experiences to travellers. The touristic south and the local north are connected by the main road that passes through the eastern fringe of the lake and continues from Siliguri to Darjeeling. All important offices, police station, post office, Mirik monastery etc. are located on this road or around.

Getting There

Bagdogra Airport and NJP rail station are the nearest point of arrival and departure. Whereas Bagdogra is 50 kms and takes an hour and a half to reach, NJP at about 60 kms distance takes a tad longer.

We recommend minimum one night stay at Mirik to explore the beauty of the place. However if you are hard pressed for time and want to cover maximum destinations. You can visit Mirik on the way to Bagdogra / NJP from Darjeeling. Travelling to Darjeeling via Mirik would increase your travel distance by about 30 odd kilometres. But this extra drive is worth every penny as the route is more beautiful too.

Some visitors also undertake day excursion to Mirik from Darjeeling. This is a full day activity with 45 kms or one and half hours drive (without traffic) each way.

To See

Lake Samendu - The primary attraction of the small hilly town is Lake Samendu popularly referred to as Mirik Lake. It is an artificial lake constructed during the late 1970’s to promote tourism here. There is a floating fountain in the middle of the lake and an 80 ft long arch-type footbridge on the lake. The lake is provided with paddle boating facility. There is a paved path around the lake which makes for a beautiful leisurely trail. Horse rides are also available in the open ground in front of the lake.

View from Soureni Tea garden near Mirik

Kawlay Dara View Point :- This view point about 8 kms from Mirik is also known as Soureni view point, Ting Ling view point etc. The view point is located on the Siliguri Mirik main road at a point where Soureni, Ting Ling and Phaguri tea gardens have met. The natural beauty of the place, especially the view of the tea garden, along with its prominent location on the main road, makes it one of the most popular view points of the area. Many a great pictures of the Darjeeling tea gardens are taken here. Beautiful view of sunrise and sunset can also be seen from here.

Mirik Helipad :- Parched on top of the hill, Mirik helipad is more of an attraction for tourists and locals than being an actual spot for Helicopter landing. The entire stretch of Mirik lake as well as the town is visible from here, so is places much beyond including parts of Nepal and the ranges of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The helipad is about 2 kms from the lake area where most of the hotels are located and can be reached by 15 mnts walk.

Boker Monastery – The Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery is commonly referred to as Mirik monastery or simply as “Gomba” or “Gumfa” by the locals. The colourful yet peaceful and serene environment of the monastery makes it a prime attraction among tourists. The monastery also attracts tourists because it is one of the best view points in the area.

Map of Mirik

Accommodation

There are two types of accommodation available in Mirik. One is the typical hotels that dot the Southern fringe of the Mirik lake. The hotels are built next to one another and except for a few, they mostly offer value for money accommodation. You may contact our helpdesk team by filling up any of the forms in this page for assistance in booking your hotel, transport etc.

A second option for tourists is to stay in some of the unique accommodations in the area. This include home stays, small resorts, eco lodges etc. These are spread over large area beyond the Mirik market. Mirik has been pioneer in alternative accommodation and experiential travel as the first home stay came up here in early 80’s. For further information you may visit Humro Home which is an initiative to arrange authentic alternative tourist accommodation in the area. You may also ask our helpdesk assistance regarding booking of Humro Home accommodation in Mirik.


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