A small sleepy town lying at 5800 feet (1767 meters), Mirik has gained prominence on the tourist circuit since the 1980s. Built around the 1.25 kilometer long Sumendu Lake, the town resembles a fishermen’s colony. The pristine lake is surrounded by high forested hills, tea gardens, orange orchards and cardamom plantations. Boating on the lake is a wonderful way to see the town, as you cruise past a floating fountain and an 80 foot-long arching footbridge. Overnight accommodation is available at hotels around the lake.
Kawlay Dara ( kaule Danda ) offers fabulous views of the plains and mountains. Sunrise and sunset are particularly good times to visit.Deosi Dara is another observatory point offering splendid land scape views. Rai-dhap is an ideal pinic spot. There are eight tea garden in Mirik. Located only 2 kilometres away from the lake, Thurbo is one of the best in the area. The factory may be visited after obtaining the manager’s permission. Visit Mirik’s orange orchards, as the area is the largest supplier of oranges in West Bengal. Only 2 kilometres away from the town, you can see abundant orange groves and observe the surrounding village life.
Tranportation to Mirik is available from either Darjeeling, Gangtok or Siliguri and takes just a few hours. Taxi and jeep services are frequent, and no prior bookings are needed.