Thursday, April 18, 2024

Tourism      Hill Stations      West Bengal     Darjeeling    


: Darjeeling District, West Bengal
: 1,767 m metres

Summer 290 C Max; Winter 130 C Max


One of the famous hill stations in West Bengal. 

Best Season

March-early June, mid-Sept-December

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Located at an altitude of 1767 m, Mirik is an idyllic hill station, nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal. It is 55 kms from Siliguri and 49 kms from Darjeeling. One of the newest hill stations in India, Mirik is blessed with pleasant climate. Beautiful landscaped gardens, tea estates, orange and cardamom plantations, the tourism department cottages, boating facilities, easy accessibility etc. have made Mirik an attractive resort town.

The hill station is blessed with some of the best tea gardens and Thurbo tea Estate, is the most famous among them, which is 2 km from Mirik. One can visit the factory, where the picked tea leaves are dried and processed into the form.  But one should take prior permission from the manager. Mirik is the largest supplier of oranges in West Bengal and the famous Mirik Busty Orange Garden really a worth to visit.

The hill station is also blessed with wild flowers, in delicate pinks and blues. Apart from enjoying the breathtaking scenic beauty of Mirik, one can also explore the trekking spots in Mirik. Trekking from Mirik to Sandakphu, Phalut and a short trek from Mirik to Kurseong via Balasan river and Namsu are the most famous trekking routes.

Attractions in Mirik

The Sumendu Lake

This 1.25 km long lake is the major tourist spot in Mirik. It is a beautiful man made lake surrounded by a beautiful garden on one side and dense forest of pine, cardamom and the orange tress on the other. A long road encircles the lake and people usually take a leisure walk around it. From here, one can have a bird's eye view of the stunning Kanchenjunga .

The depth of the water varies from a minimum of 3 ft. to maximum of 26 ft. The lake is adorned with a floating fountain in the middle and a 80 ft. long arch bridge across it, which are really a worth to see. One can enjoy boating and fishing here also. The boat rate is Rs (30-40 for half an hour). Krishnnagar, the main tourist area is south of the lake. Near to the lake is Bokar Gompa, home to Mahayana monks. To the west of the lake is three temple of Shiva, Hanuman and Kali Mata.

Debi Sthan

It is a hindu temple situated on the western bank of the lake. Surrounded by lush green trees it is a favourite spot among tourists. The temple can be reached by crossing the bridge over the Mirik lake.

Rameetay DaraIt is a perfect place for watching the spectacular sunset and the sunrise. Also one can see the panoramic view of the mountains and plains of Mirik.

Deosi Dara

It is another point, offers a panoramic view of the plains of Mirik, the hills and the peaks.

Rai Dhap

An ideal picnic spot. It is the source of drinking water to the residents of the Mirik.