Mirik, West Bengal, India



West Bengal, India

Mirik is a small town and a Notified Area of Darjeeling district in the state of West Bengal, India. It is the headquarters of the Mirik subdivision. The name Mirik comes from the Lepcha words Mir-Yok meaning "place burnt by fire".  

Mirik Travel Tips

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.

Mirik Facts

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.

How to Reach

Flight By Air

Bagdogra Airport will be the nearest airport to reach Mirik in a limited time. The distance is about 50 km via NH10 and the time taken will be an hour and a half to reach the spot.

Train By Train

NJP rail station will be the nearest points of arrival and departure. The distance is about 60 km and takes two hour and a half to reach.

Car By Road

By road Mirik is 40 Kms from Kurseong, 50 Kms from Siliguri, 40 Kms from Darjeeling, 60 Kms from Jalpaiguri, 110 Kms from Kalimpong, and 157 Kms from Gangtok. You can visit Mirik on the way to Bagdogra / NJP from Darjeeling. Travelling to Mirik via Darjeeling would increase your travel distance by about 30 odd kilometres.

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