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 Kangchenjunga on the far horizon. Boating on the quaint shikaras and pony riding are available.
Mirik has an average elevation of 1,495 m (4,905 ft). The highest point is the Boker Monastery at about 1,768 m (5,801 ft). Mirik lake at about 1,494 m (4,902 ft) is the lowest point. Mirik is 52 km (32 mi) northwest of Siliguri city and 49 km (30 mi) south-southwest of Darjeeling town.
The climate is pleasant almost all the year round with temperatures of a maximum of 30 °C in summer and a minimum of 1 °C in winter.
Sumendu Lake – It is the heart of Mirik. There is an 80-ft (24-m) long footbridge over the lake. One can boat in the lake or take a horse ride around the lake.
Rameetay Dara – A viewpoint near the town from where one can see the surrounding mountains and the vast plains below.
Bokar Monastery – It is located on the way to Rameetay Dara and is famous as a Buddhist meditation center.
Rai Dhap – Source of drinking water for Mirik and a picnic spot.
Debisthan – A temple of a Hindu goddess located on a hillock near the Sumendu lake.
Tingling View Point – A panoramic view of the tea gardens can been seen from here.
Tea Gardens – A number of tea gardens producing the famous Darjeeling tea are located in and around Mirik.
Tourist vehicles at Mirik.
Orange Orchards – Mirik is famous for its high-quality oranges. These are grown in Mirik Busty, Murmah and Soureni Busty.
Orchids – Mirik has one of the best climate for a typical orchid called Cymbidium orchids, which fetches one of the highest prices in the world flower markets. One such Cymbidium orchid garden is “Darjeeling Gardens Pvt. Ltd.” located in Rato Mate in Mirik.
Bunkulung (Jayanti Nagar) – Ecotourism is being promoted here and home-stay facilities are available here. Rangbhang Homestay, Mirik Busty also promotes eco-tourism.
Pasupati Nagar – This border market with Nepal is a commercial center for trade in clothes, electronic and household goods.
Don Bosco Church, Mirik – It is located near Don Bosco School. One of the most beautiful and one of the bigger catholic church of Darjeeling district.
Swiss Cottage (also known as Motel) – an exotic lodging at the highest altitude of Mirik, far from the crowds of the town.
Sunrise Point – Scenic views of the sun rising in the east and its reflection on Kanchanjunga in the north. The plains of North Bengal can also be seen from here.
Darjeeling Hills Bible School – Situated at Deosay Dara, Mirik Darjeeling Hills Bible School is the oldest bible school in Eastern Himalayan Region. One of the beautiful places for holding seminars, conferences, etc.