Mirik is 52 kms from Siliguri and 55 kms from the nearest Airfield of Bagdogra. Mirik is being developed as a new hill station in the mountains. Mirik is surrounded by tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations. Mirik has all the facilities to fulfill the needs of a tourist, it is surrounded by forests, flowers and is a very peaceful place which attracts the tourists automatically. This fast developing as a tourist paradise. This place is 5,800 feet above the sea level and has very thin population of 10,000 people. Mirik has not yet acquired the hustle and bustle of the a regular hill station and is from pollution. Thus the little time spend here is enough to refresh you.
The climate of Mirik is very pleasant and the temperature rarely crosses 30 degrees during the summers. But the winters are very cold. Accommodation in Mirik is good and cheap with hotels concentrated near the Mirik lake. Mirik lake is one of the spots which attracts tourists in large numbers. But do not try swimming in the lake because the waste water from Mirik falls in this lake. Near the lake is a very large, lush green ground. It is very difficult to find such plain ground in hilly areas. The Devasthan of Mirik is also very famous among the visitors. This place five or six temples which are located on the other side of the lake. Devsthan is located amidst a grove of trees and can only be reached by crossing the bridge over the Mirik lake.
The Swiss cottages of
Mirik are also good place to stay. These are also called the Motels. One can also enjoy the sunrise from Sunrise point, which not in Mirik but is located some distance form the place. Not only Sunrise from the place you can also see the attractive Kanchenjunga Peaks and enjoy the soothing sight of Himalayas. Mirik is a major orange producing area in West Bengal and one can either walk or take ponies to the orange orchards.
Singha Devi Temple : The temple of Singha Devi (Devi Sthan) is situated near the Sumendu lake. The temple is visited by most of the tourists.
Dudia : A very famous picnic spot, Dudia is located 30 Km from Mirik. It is famous for the natural beauty which surrounds it.
Sumendu Lake : This man made lake is the major attraction in Mirik. The Sumendu Lake is wrapped
in forested ridge and a flower garden and has a floating fountain in its center. The Sumendu Lake is ideal for boating, while watching Kanchanjunga top.
For the adventure seekers treks from Mirik to Sandakphu, Phalut, Kurseong via Balasan River and Namsu are possible. While others would like to take a trip in the dense forests of Pine, cardamom and the orange either on foot or on hired ponies. Rameetay Dara is an ideal hilltop for watching the sunrise and the sunset.
By Air : Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri, is 60 km away. Taxis/buses are available at the airport for transit to Kurseong.
By Rail : Siliguri, 50 km and New Jalpaiguri, 57 km are the nearest main stations. It is an important station on the toy train route from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. The Toy Train takes a little over 5 hrs from New Jalpaiguri to Kurseong.
By Road :Taxis and buses are available from Siliguri in plenty, taking around 3 hrs for the journey. Mirik is also 3 hrs away, and Darjeeling is 2 hrs away. Taxi/buses for Darjeeling, Siliguri/Bagdogra are available throughout the day.