Tabakoshi is a new offbeat tourist destination close to Mirik in Darjeeling district. The name Tabakoshi originates from two Nepali words, Taba means copper and Koshi means river. Tabakoshi is located in the Lower division of Pokhriabong Rangbhang valley and is also known as Tea Village. It is surrounded by 8 tea gardens, such as Gopaldhara, Siyok, Turzum, Sungma, Chamong, Magarjung, Thurbu and Nagri tea estates.
The village is located on the valley created by Rangbhang river which flows through the village. Tourist can enjoy the fresh breeze with the strain of birds and can enjoy a fresh bath in the river as well. It is the best place for River camp, Jungle camp, Fishing, Rock Climbing and Bird Watching. You can take an evening stroll with the sight of foggy clouds or an early morning walk with the sun emerging over the river valley. The curving roads through the hills and the luscious tea garden of Gopaldhara Tea Estate turns are perfect to spend some leisurely time. The orange orchards during winter which get covered with juicy bright oranges is also popular among the tourists. The Shiv Temple beside the river and a large swimming pool near the old iron bridge are there for a complete relax for tourist.
Places to Visit
Local - Lord Siva Temple and Lord Bishnu Temple is an attraction for tourists. A walk through the tea garden and visit to the tea factory is a must. You can gather some fishing rod locally and go for fishing in the Rangbhang river and an Orchid House with full of verities of Orchid and a Ginger farm will amaze you. Tingling View Point offers a panoramic view of the tea gardens. Rameetay Dara is another viewpoint near the town from where one can see the surrounding mountains and the vast plains below.
Mirik viewpoint on the way to Mirik is another local attraction, from here you can have a clear view of Taba Koshi area. Bokar Monastery is located on the way to Rameetay Dara and is famous as a Buddhist meditation centre. Debisthan is a temple of a Hindu goddess located on near the Sumendu lake. Mirik Church is located near Don Bosco School. One of the most beautiful and one of the bigger catholic church of Darjeeling district. Orange Orchards is famous for its high-quality oranges and tourist can buy it as much as they want to. These all are grown in Mirik Busty, Murmah and Soureni Busty. Mirik has one of the best climates for a typical orchid called Cymbidium orchids. One such Cymbidium orchid garden is also located in Rato Mate in Mirik. Sumendu Lake is the heart of Mirik. It has an 80 ft (24 m) long footbridge over the lake. One can opt for boating in the lake or take a horse ride around the lake.