Mirik is a popular tourist spot located in the hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal. Situated at an elevation of 1495 m, the name of this place is derived from the word Mir-Yok, which is a Lepcha word that means ‘a place burnt by fire’. There are several tea gardens and orchards in the region of Mirik, which is also the biggest producer of oranges in West Bengal.
The centre of all attraction is the Sumendu lake surrounded by a garden on one side and pine trees on the other, 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.
Located on the southern most part of the lake is the town of Krishnanagar. Within short distance of the town is the Bokar Gompa, home of the Mahayana monks. There are three temples built separately dedicated to the gods of Lord Shiva, Hanuman and Kali Mata located on the western part of the region. Located on the western bank of Lake Sumendu is the Singla Devi Mandir.
Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Homedara Siva Mandir, Mirik Busty Orange Garden, Ramneety Dara and Rajdhap are the attractions here. The Kawlay Dara View Point is a popular sunset and sunrise point where a clear view of the snow capped mountain ranges can be seen.
There are in eight tea estates surrounding the region of Mirik and out of them Thurbo Tea Estate, which is just 2 km away is the most popular one. About 50 km from Mirik is the hill station of Kurseong, which is known for its orchids and laid back lifestyle.
Apart from Kurseong, Darjeeling is also a nearby place to Mirik and is around 50 km away. Darjeeling is famous for the production of Tea and mountains and is a popular tourist spot known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’.
The climatic conditions in the region of Mirik is pleasant throughout the year with a maximum temperature of 30o Celsius in the summers and a minimum temperature of 2o Celsius in the winters.