If you are visiting Darjeeling, you can hardly let pass Mirik. The place is only 49 km from Darjeeling and 52km from Siliguri and can be reached from either place quite easily. Mirik is 1767 meters above the sea level and has a relatively thin population of about 15,000 people.
This place came in the tourist map of Darjeeling District only in the 1970s. It has all that it takes to attract tourists; it is surrounded by forests, flowers and is a very peaceful place.
There are a number of options that you may exercise while planning your trip to Mirik. You may stay here for one or two nights and explore the place and its surrounding. If you are constrained by time, you may stay at Darjeeling and we will organise your day trip to Mirik from there. Being an hour and half drive from Darjeeling makes a nice day excursion. The third option is for those who have very limited time in hand, you may ask our executive to take you to Darjeeling from Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri via Mirik instead of the usual route. On your way you may spend an hour or so besides the lake and proceed on your journey onwards.
What to see around
The lake Samendu
Lake Somendu is about 1.25 km. long and a 3.5 km road surrounds the lake. The lake is the main attraction of Mirik. Swimming in the lake is not advisable since the wastewater from the town falls in 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 n 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.
Mirik is surrounded by some of the best tea estates of the world and the region is famous for its numerous orange orchards and cardamom plantations.
Apart from these, the nurseries here house a good collection of orchids although there number is not quite large. Mirik monastery is a highly sacred place for the Buddhists of the region.
Trekking from here to Kurseong via Balasun River & Namsu could be covered within the couple of days only.
Kawlay Dara View point - One can get a sweeping view of the plains as well as the snow capped mountains from this viewpoint. The sunrise and sunset from here is a visual delight. The viewpoint is about 30 minutes walk from the tourist hub.
Helipad & Swiss Cottage - The hilltop helipad offers a panoramic view of the town and the Samendu Lake.
Devi-Sthan - The small temple, situated under dense foliage of the 'dhupi' forest, is considered very holy by the local.
# Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
# Donbosco Church
# Mirik Bazaar Shopping Centre
#Tamang Buddhist Monastery
# Homedara Siva Mandir
Orchid Nursery & Cardamom firm
# Thurbo Tea Garden & Factory
# Mirik Busty Orange Garden (2.5 km)
# Pasupati Market (11 km)
The climate of Mirik is very pleasant and the temperature rarely crosses 30 degrees during the summers. However, the winters are very cold.