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Unexplored Mirik - Indian Hill Resort

   

Looking for a peaceful and a quiet place with its beautiful view of Kanchenjunga and orange and Cardamom Orchards? Need to beat the heat and dust of the plains? Come over to the unexplored magical hill resort of India – Mirik. The pristine hill resort nestles in the forest hills and is dotted with nature spots. The peace and tranquility, fabulous flora and fauna offered by Mirik works magic on the mind of the visitors. A wide variety of wild flowers, calm lake and flourishing forests of Cryptomaria Japanica trees gives a feel of tropical paradise. Atop these is the picturesque Kanchenjunga in the Himalayan range.

Mirik, locally known as “Burnt Hill” is an upcoming hill station near Darjeeling and perfect holiday getaway for people of Kolkata. The pleasant climate, beautiful surroundings and splendid Himalayan views and treks make it a perfect holiday destination around the year.

The town has the serene lake Sumendu at its heart. There is an arch bridge of 80ft long across this lake. Boating, fishing and picnicking are popular past time here. When in Mirik don’t forget to visit Rameetay Dara for its spectacular Sunset and Sunrise view beside the bird eye view of mountain and plains of Mirik. There is a small temple, situated under dense foliage of the ‘Dhupi’ forest, considered very holy by the local.

At 1768m high are the beautiful terraced tea estates and spice plantation that offers a best aroma. Deep forests of cedar and pine crawl up the hill slopes while orange orchards blossom as far as the eyes can see. The orange orchards are particularly lush; with immense bunches of the juicy fruit that find their way to the West Bengal’s markets.

   

Mirik is a great place to kick start scenic trek into Himalayas. For the adventure seekers treks from Mirik to Sandakphu, Phalut, Kurseong via Balasaan River and Namsu are possible. One can also trek into the Deosi hills or right up to the Indo – Nepal border at Pashupatinagar.

So plan your next holiday to this quaint town of Mirik and discover the unexplored treasure of northeast India. Mirik lies close to Siliguri. Mirik is connected by different mode of transport. Nearest airport to Mirik is Bagdogra, about 55Kms, while the nearest railheads are Ghoom 41kms, Darjeeling 49Kms and Siliguri 53kms. The broad gauge railhead at New Jalpaiguri caters to the rail transportation to Mirik but is 60Kms away from the hill resort. Mirik is easily accessible by road from Darjeeling, Siliguri and Kurseong.

 

Mirik offers a large variety of accommodation with a reasonable tariff and easy availability. The hotels, lodges and tourist hostels are located near the Mirik Lake.

There are several Swiss cottages that are referred as Motels that make an excellent accommodation option.

This vacation discover Mirik, hidden in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal, that serves as both a Buddhist monastic center in the region as well the perfect getaway for anyone looking to escape the big city.

Contributing Writer:  Swapnil Gunjal, Travel Writer swapu02@rediffmail.com

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