(elevation 1,767 m) is a small hill resort which has come into prominence
during the 1980's. The small town is built around a 1.25 km long lake
known as 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. Mirik is also famous for its tea estates, orange orchards
and cardamom plantations.
There is a floating fountain in the middle of the lake
and a 80 ft long arch-type little footbridge on the lake. The lake is
provided with boating facilities. Overnight accommodation is available
around the lake in a number of places. Prominent among them is the Orange
retreat located at the top of a hill overlooking the lake. naturebeyond
provides booking at this resort.
The common tourist attraction in the area include:
Dara :- For fabulous view of the plains as well as mountains. Beautiful
view of sunrise and sunset can also be seen from here.
Deosi Dara :- Another observatory point for stupendous landscape
Rai-dhap : An ideal picnic spot.
Tea Estates :- There are eight tea gardens in
Mirik area. Thurbo T.E., one of the best tea-estates, is only 2 kms. from
the lake. The factory may be visited with the permission of the manager.
Orange orchards :- About two kilometers from
Mirik, situated on the spur, one can see beautiful orange orchards. Mirik
is the largest supplier of oranges in West Bengal. One can also have glimpse
of the village life of hill areas.