Mirik is a picturesque tourist spot nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. The name Mirik comes from the Lepcha words Mir-Yok meaning "place burnt by fire". Mirik has become a popular tourist destination for its climate, natural beauty and easy accessibility. The centre of all attraction is the Sumendu lake, surrounded by a garden on one side and pine trees on the other and linked together by an arching footbridge called Indreni Pull (Rainbow Bridge). A 3.5-km-long road encircles the lake and is used for walks with the view of Kanchenjunga on the far horizon. Boating on the quaint shikaras and pony riding are available. It is a hill resort at an altitude of 1767 m with its own special charms. The distance from Darjeeling is around 49 km, Ghoom 41 km, Kurseong 46 km, Bagdogra 55 km, and Siliguri 52 km. Another attraction of Mirik is its 5 acres of plain land with a natures gift, Samendu Dhap. Sa=soil, Mendu=non-existent, Dhap=pond or marsh or Lake. In Mirik silver- white peaks of Kanchenjunga are clearly seen from Ramitey dandra (mountain top) ascending uphill after crossing Samendu Dhap. At Ramiteydandra, sunrise and sunset are really beautiful so is the panoramic view of the valley. Mirik actually has several sightseeing and tourist places other than the lake. Lovely view points to watch sunrise, sunset and the landscape, several nearby tea gardens, monasteries and temples, orange orchards, flower gardens including orchids and more.
There are more wonderful surprises just in the outskirts of Mirik. If you go 8kms down from Mirik along the main road, you will reach Tingling View Point. This is the place from where you get best views of tea gardens in the whole of Darjeeling district. What you see all around is wonderful views of rolling tea gardens on mountain slopes with mists and sun playing the game of lights.
How to reach
Tingling View Point
By Road : From Mirik the fastest route via Alipurduar Rd/Lava Rd/Rishi Rd will take approximately 17min (7.5 km) to reach at Tingling View Point.
Deosi Dara, at a height of around 1,768 m above sea level, provides beautiful views of the adjoining plains, hills and peaks in and around Mirik.
Horse Riding at Mirik
Another popular activity here is horse riding which is a favourite to the children. You will get the horses mostly at the western bank when you cross over the arched footbridge. Although it is quite common to see horses moving along the footbridge, they have defined circuits-some short and the others longer around the lake.
Fish Feeding in Mirik Lake
Lots of tourists engage in fish feeding just outside the southern end of the lake. There is a bridge that connects the lake area with Krishnanagar (southern part of Mirik). The bridge is two minutes walk from the lake. When you stand over the bridge and look down below into the waters, you can see numerous fishes there. Tourists and locals throw breads into the water and you can see hundreds of fishes swiftly converging.
Mirik lake is the central attraction of Mirik and this is where you are likely to spend most of your time. Mirik Lake is popularly known as the Samendu Lake. The lake is around 1.25 km long and is surrounded by chestnut, oak and maple trees. Boating and horse riding can be enjoyed here. The lake is at the lowest altitude in Mirik. Far ahead towards north you can see the mountains, and on a clear day you can even get nice views of the Kanchenjunga snow peaks. There is a lovely 80-ft long arch footbridge across the center of the lake which joins the eastern bank with the western bank.
How to reach
By Road: From Mirik via Dilmaya Road covering approximately 2.4 km 32 min to reach at Mirik Lake.
Mirik Tea Gardens
There are eight tea gardens in Mirik area. Thurbo T.E., one of the best tea estates, is only 2 Kms from the lake. The factory may be visited with the permission of the manager.
Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery
The Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery is one of the prominent Buddhist centres in the region. The monastery is home to around 500 monks who participate in practising and sustaining the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha. It also serves as a school teaching the principles of Buddhism. The monastery has a monastic college named Shedra. Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche established the monastery in 1984 as a retreat centre. On the request of disciples and natives, Rinpoche began accepting monks for training and the centre was transformed into a monastery. The activities of the monastery are under the control of Kyabje Bokar Khenchen Donyo Rinpoche.
How to reach
BOKAR NGEDON CHOKHOR LING MONASTERY
By Road : From Mirik via Dilmaya Rd and thorugh Alipurduar Rd/Krishnagar Rd/Mirik Rd/Rishi Rd it wil take nearly 9 min (2.6 km) to reath at the Monastery.
Ramitey Dara is a hill that offers beautiful views of the snow covered mountains and the plains of Mirik. The Kawlay Dara View Point and the Bokar Ngedon Chokhor Ling Monastery are located in the vicinity.
How to reach
By Road : From Mirik, Ramitey View Point can be accessed via NH110, journey of approximately 4h 23 minutes (137 km) from Mirik to Ramitey View point is the fastest Route. Another route via Alipurduar Rd/Rishi Rd to Bhalu Marg in Rangpo Forest will take 4h 37min (123 km) to reach the view point from Mirik.
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to Mirik is Bagdogra. From there tourists can hire a cab or take a bus to reach to Mirik.
By Train: The nearest rail-head to Mirik is New Jalpaiguri. It is well connected to major cities around India.
By Road: Take a bus or hire a taxi from Darjeeling, Kurseong or Siliguri to get to Mirik.