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About Mirik

Area : 335 acres
Altitute : 1,767 m (5,800 ft)
Location : Kurseong subdivision of Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India
Nearest City : Kurseong, Darjeeling, Siliguri
Distance: 52 km from Siliguri and 49 km from Darjeeling
Best Season : March to May and September to November
Temperature Summer : Max. 29 °C and Min 15 °C
Temperature Winter : Max. 13 °C and Min 2 °C
Annual Rainfall : 279.4 cm
Recommended Clothing : Light woollens and tropicals in summer (umbrellas and raincoats are useful) and heavy woollen in winter.
Language Spoken :: Gorkha, Hindi, Bengali and English

sumendu lake or mirik lake

(Footbridge on Sumendu Lake, Mirik, West Bengal)

Mirik has become a popular tourist destination day by day in the tourist map of Darjeeling district for its climate, natural beauty, and well accessibility, less pollution and minimum crowds. It is surrounded by forests, flowers and is a very peaceful and pictorial tourist spot situated in the Himalayan foothills, which attracts many tourists to rush in Mirik. The name Mirik comes from the Lepcha words Mir-Yokmeaning "place burnt by fire".

The main attraction in Mirik is the Sumendu lake, which is 1.25 kilometer long and surrounding by green vegetations. The both side of the lake connected with a footbridge. You can ride boat on the lake. Mirik is an excellent picnic spot, and Kanchenjunga is visible. You can enjoy sunrise and sunset from “Rameetay Dara" in Mirik.

Civic Information

Mirik is situated at Kurseong subdivision in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. It is a small town with a Municipality having 9 wards, surrounded by rural area, which are divided with 6 Gram Panchayats. There has a police station at Mirik. As of 2001 India census, total urban population at Mirik is 9,141 (4,619 males and 4,522 females), with a literacy rate of 74% and the density of population was 1,406 per square km. And in rural area of Mirik has a population of 42,237 (21,112 males and 21,125 females) with a density of population was 354 per square km.

Places around Mirik

Mirik Lake - The lake Samendu :
A 1.25 kilometer long man made Samendu Lake is the main attraction in Mirik. It is popularly known as Mirik Lake. The water depth of lake varies from 3ft to maximum of 26 ft. The lake is surrounded by green vegetations, a garden has been laid on the eastern bank and a pine forests on the western bank. A 3.5 kilometer long road which encircles the lake and 80 ft. long arch-type footbridge called Indreni Pull (Rainbow Bridge) over the lake are used for walks with the view of Kanchenjunga on the far horizon. At the backdrop of the lake, you will get an idyllic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Boating and fishing facility are available in the lake. A horse ride also available around the lake. But Swimming is prohibitive since the wastewater from Mirik falls in the lake.

Rameetay Dara and Kawlay Dara :
Rameetay Dara and Kawlay Dara both are ideal viewpoint. You can get a charming views of plans as well as frozen mountain range from there. The sunrise and sunset besides the mountains and plains are just unforgettable. Both viewpoints are about 30 minutes walk distance from tourist hub.

Devisthan :
A small temple of Hindu Goddess "Singha Devi" is situated on the western bank of Mirik Lake. The area are surrounded by dense pine tree forests called "dhupi forest". The temple is known as "Devisthan" and also known as "Singha Devi Mandir". This temple is consider very holy place by the local people. There are some other temple around the Mirik Lake, which are dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and Maa Kali.

Tea Estates :
There are eight tea gardens in and around Mirik which are producing world class and famous Darjeeling Tea. Thurbo Tea Estate is one of them, just 2 kilometers away from the Mirik Lake. The Tea Estate and factory may be visited with the permission from right Authority.

Orchids Garden :
Mirik has an ideal climate for floriculture like orchids. Cymbidium orchids are very well known type of Orchids in Mirik, which has huge demands in the world flower markets. One such Cymbidium orchid garden is "Darjeeling Gardens Pvt. Ltd." located in Rato Mate in Mirik.

Orange Orchards :
Mirik is famous for its high-quality oranges and the largest supplier of orange in West Bengal. These are grown in Mirik Busty, Murmah and Soureni Busty. Mirik Busty Orange Garden is about 2.5 kilometer from Mirik. One can also have glimpse of the village life of hill areas.

Apart from the above tourist destination, there many more tourist spots in and around Mirik. Bokar Monastery, Rai Dhap, Tingling View Point, Bunkulung (Jayanti Nagar), Pasupati Nagar (11 km from Mirik town), Mirik Church (also known Donbosco Church), Swiss Cottage (also known as Motel), Sunrise Point, Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Mirik Bazaar Shopping Centre, Tamang Buddhist Monastery, Homedara Siva Mandir and Cardamom firm are also famous of them.

Transport to go

Mirik is 52 km from Siliguri and around 48 km from Darjeeling and is well connected by buses and taxis from both the places. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra (33 km) and the nearest railway station at New Jalpaiguri (35 km).

By Road :
Mirik is well connected by all weather metal roads with Darjeeling, Siliguri and Kurseong and all other major town of North Bengal. Tourist Cars, Tourist mini coaches and taxis are available for transfer of passengers between Mirik and Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra. Journey time is about 1 hour 30 minutes.

By Rail :
Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (65 Kkilometers from the Mirik) and Siliguri. After arrive at Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri, you may follow the above road journey.

By Air :
Nearest airport is Bagdogra. It is a domestic. All major air services are available from all over India. Distance between Bagdogra and Siliguri is 13 km. You can find out various vehicles from there to reach at Mirik.

Accommodation

Accommodation is easily available at Mirik. A verity of hotels, tourist Lodge, tourist cottages are available with various budgets. In fact there are several Swiss cottages too in Mirik that are referred to as Motels that make excellent accommodation option.

To check the room availability and online booking in the resorts of West Bengal Forest Development Corporation click here.

Reservation Authorities

Tourism Centre, Govt. of West Bengal
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East)
Kolkata - 700001
Phone : (+91) 033-22485917 / 88271
Tourism Centre, Govt. of West Bengal
M-4 Building, Pradhan Nagar
Hill Cart Road, Siliguri - 734403
Phone : (+91) 0353-2511979 / 4, 2432561
E-mail : maitl@dte.vsnl.net.in
Tourist Bureau
1, Nehru Road, The Mall
Gram : Dartour, P.O. - Darjeeling
Phone : (+91) 0354-254050