A quaint little town in the lap of the Himalayas painted like a picture on the backdrop of the majestic mountains. That is Mirik for you. Located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Mirik is one of the most popular tourist spots in the north-eastern part of the country. While the name of the place means ‘burnt by fire’, you can rest assured that your eyes are only going to be soothed by the exquisite beauty of the place. With its deep lakes, curved roads lined with pine trees, and snowy mountains, Mirik is the perfect place to spend your holidays in.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit Mirik is during the summer. However, this is also the holiday season here and people crowd all over the place. Thus if you are to have a hassle-free trip, make sure that you have completed all the bookings well in advance. Also, expect the prices to be a bit steeper during the period.

When to visit

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Things to do

If you are planning to make a trip to Mirik, you can be certain that your schedule is never going to be dull. While you can just spend all your day lazing on a deck chair in front of your balcony and enjoy the change of colours on the mountain slopes. There are plenty of scenic places to visit. Sumendu Lake is one of the major attractions in Mirik. While the place itself is quite picturesque, the 80ft long footbridge that arches over the expanse of the lake is no less so. You can either go for boating in the lake or take a horse and ride around the shores of the lake. Rameetay Dara is another place that you should make a note of visiting. The view point here offers an exquisite view of the mountains and the valleys below. If you are in the mood for picnic, you can go to Rai Dhap, a popular destination for picnickers. It is also the place from where water is supplied to all over Mirik. Bokar Monastery is another place worth visiting. It is a Buddhist meditation centre. Do not forget to visit Sunrise Point. During sunrise at dawn, the place puts on a surreal beauty. There are a number of orange orchards and tea gardens in the area. These are also popular destination amongst tourists. Tingling Point offers a beautiful view of the surrounding tea gardens. Debisthan has a beautiful temple built on a hillock dedicated to the goddess.

Getting Around

There are not too many buses that ply in Mirik. You will need to take long walks around the place to get from one place to another. There are shared taxis which operate within a fixed area. You can also rent cycles from some of the locals and use these to explore the locality. If you need to go somewhere a bit far away, you can arrange for a private car or cab in advance.

Places to Stay

As the place has been developed as a major tourist spot, there are a number of hotels that can be found in this region. Depending on how much you want to spend on lodging, you can splurge by booking your rooms in a luxury hotel, or go light on your pocket by staying at a budget hotel. There are several paying guest situations as well. If you are interested in that, the local tourist bureau can help you find the right one.

How to Reach

  • You can also go to the town of Mirik by booking your seats on a plane. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. From the airport, the distance to Mirik is around 52 km. You can cover the remaining portion of the journey by taking a shared taxi or bus. Cars for rent are also available.
  • The nearest rail station to Mirik is located at New Jalpaiguri. The station there is connected to the major stations in West Bengal, and via that to the rest of the country. Train fare to New Jalpaiguri should fall between Rs.500 and Rs.2200 depending on the class you are travelling in. You can book your tickets from irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com. From the station, buses and cabs can be taken to reach Mirik.
  • Mirik is well connected to Siliguri and Darjeeling. Buses leave for Mirik from both these places. You will also get shared taxis and private cars. While private cars will cost you around Rs.1000, shared taxis ply for around Rs.80 per passenger.

Surrounding Attractions

There are several places that you can pay a visit to once you have seen the sights in Mirik. BokarNgedonChokhor Ling Monastery is one of the well-known monasteries in the region. There are around 500 monks in the monastery. Jorpokhori is another place of tourist attraction. The main sight here is the two lakes from which the place derives its name.

Important Numbers

Police: 2443226

Mariam Nursing Home, Darjeeling: +91 354 2254637

Tourist Bureau: 222488271/222488272