Mirik a small town in the Darjeeling hills at 1767 meters elevation and fifty kilometers from Siliguri came into prominence during the 1980's following its development as a hill resort. Other than its scenic setting, the pride and glory of this small town lies in its 1.25 km long Lake Samendu . The pristine lake is surrounded by high forested hills and tea gardens. Boating in the lake is a fascinating activity for the tourists. There is a floating fountain in the middle of the lake and a footbridge with a span of 80 ft arches across the lake's width. Accommodation is available around the lake in several hotels and lodges. Mirik is also famous for its tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations.
Places of Interest in and around Mirik:
This man-made lake is 1.25 km. long and a 3.5 km road surrounding it is the main attraction of this place. At the backdrop of the lake, you will get an idyllic view of Mt. Khangchendzonga and the green luster of Oak, Chestnut and Maple. The Sumendu Lake is ideal for activities like boating, fishing & picnicing but not for swimming.
Nearby on the west bank of the lake is the temple of Singha Devi or the Devi Sthan. You must visit the temple that attracts several tourists. If you move to the other side of the lake you may pray to Hanuman, Shiva and Kalimata in the temples dedicated to them. Bokar Gompa is other spot worth visiting.
This is a vintage point in Mirik that must be visited to catch some vistas of the plains, hills and peaks in and around Mirik.
Rameetay Dara is ideal for watching the spectacular sunset and the sunrise besides the mountains and plains of Mirik. You may even check out Kawlay Dara for some more breathtakingly beautiful views of Mirik.
While in Mirik you may even picnic at the spot of Rai Dhap. Rai Dhap has a small lake that is the source of potable water in Mirik.
Thurbo Tea Garden & Factory
A conducted tour of the tea factory is an interesting option at Mirik for it is surrounded by some of the best tea estates.
Apart from these, the nurseries of Mirik house a good collection of orchids although there number is not quite large.
Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
Mirik Bazaar Shopping Centre
Tamang Buddhist Monastery
Homedara Siva Mandir
Orchid Nursery & Cardamom firm
Mirik Busty Orange Garden (2.5 km)
Pasupatinagar Market (Nepal Border - 11 km)