Mirik is the region’s latest hill resort which came into being with the completion of the Sumendhu Lake in the early 1970s. Situated at an altitude of 1767 metres, 49 kms from Darjeeling and 52 kms from Siliguri, this destination has its own special charm The word ‘Mirik’ comes from the Lepcha word meaning ‘place burnt by fire’.
The 1.25 kms long lake is fed by perennial streams and on a clear day one can get a fascinating view of the reflection of the majestic Kanchenjunga on the lake waters. A rich forest of thousands of Crytomaria-Japanica trees surrounds the lake.
A 3.5 kms cobbed foot-walk circumvents the lake and a quaint food-bridge called Tndreni Pul’ connects the garden on the eastern side with the woods on the west.
Boating is a favourite pastime of the countless picnickers thronging this destination.
Mirik is also known for its luscious oranges and cardamom plantations. It has some of the finest tea gardens.
Area : Fact File 335 acres
Altitude : 5800 ft.
Location : 26°32″N 88°07″E
Temperate Summer : Max. 29°C. Min. 7°C | Winter : Max. 13° Min. 1°C 279.
Rainfall : 4 cms annually
Best Season : March to Mid-June & September to December
Clothing : Light woolens and tropical in summer and heavy in winter
Languages spoken : Nepali, English, Hindi, Bengali and Tibetan.