Mirik in a glance :
Coordinates: 26.8853° N, 88.1828° E
State: West Bengal
Mirik is a picturesque tourist spot nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal. It is the headquarters of Mirik subdivision.
How to Reach Mirik:
By Air: Bagdogra Airport is the nearest to Mirik at a distance of 47 km. One may opt for a cab or taxi from the airport.
By Rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the nearest Railhead. Taxis can be hired from the station to reach Mirik.
By Road: The best way of travelling to Mirik is by bus, which runs regularly from all the major towns in West Bengal. A good number of buses run from major cities of West Bengal to Mirik.
Places to visit in Mirik
Bokar Monastery :
The seat of the Venerable Kyabje Bokar Rinpoche, the monastery belongs to the Kagyud order. The Monastery is one of the few in India that has retained its traditional beliefs and environment from the very beginning.
A very elusive and unexplored place, Bunkulung is the agricultural hub of Mirik. The place cannot be accessed on foot. You will need to hire a cab, but a few minutes in the car and you will see yourself in the most authentic hillside village there is.
Devi Stan :
Devi Stan is one of the most revered temples of Mirik. It houses idols of Goddess Singla Devi, Lord Shiva, Hanuman and Goddess Kali. The Temple is a few minutes walk from the Sumendu lake and another few minutes away from Bokar Monastery.
Mirik Church :
Constructed recently, adjacent to Don Bosco School, the church is one of the few places for Christian worship in Mirik. In addition to its fresh architecture, the location of the church adds to its grandeur.
Rameetay Dhara :
Like every hill station, Mirik too has a beautiful viewpoint for you to spend at dawn or dusk. The stunning view with Kanchenjunga in the backdrop and the valley at the bottom will take you back.
The Mirik Lake :
The most prominent place in Mirik, The Sumendu Lake is beautiful, calm and yet invigorating. The lake also has an 80-footbridge running over it for people who don’t wish to walk around it.
What to eat in Mirik :
The local cuisine of the place has been influenced by the Bengali Culture and the local weather, along with dishes that all hill stations seem to share. Some things are very special to the place, including Hakka noodles, a special kind of soup- Thukpa and a few other Tibetan dishes. Restaurants are spread all over the place, with high concentrations around Krishna Nagar.