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Mirik - Mirik

Sunset in the Bokar Monastery
City in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 26.887 ° N 88.187 ° E Coordinates: 26.887 ° N 88.187 ° E. 26 ° 53'13 "N 88 ° 11'13" E. /. / 26,887; 88.187 26 ° 53′13 "N 88 ° 11′13" E. /. / 26,887; 88.187
country India
Status West Bengal
circle Darjeeling
• Art Notified area
• Body Mirik Notified Area
• Chairman LB Rai (TMC)
• City, village 6.50 km 2 (2.51 square miles)
elevation 1,495 m
• City, village 11.363
• Density 1,700 / km 2 (4,500 / sq mi)
• Subway 58.000
• Officially Nepali, English, Hindi
Time zone UTC + 5: 30 (IST)
Lok Sabha constituency Darjeeling
Vidhan Sabha constituency Course song

Mirik is a small town and a designated area of ​​Darjeeling District in the state of West Bengal, India. It is the headquarters of the Mirik subdivision. The name Mirik comes from the Lepcha words Mir-Yok and means "place burned by fire".


Mirik Bazar opened a trading center in the area, where people from the surrounding villages and tea gardens came to trade and buy their necessities. The present sea area was a marshland with dense growth of the cute flag (Acorus calamus, locally Called bojho ). In today's garden area there was a playground where the British officers played polo.

In 1969, the West Bengal Tourism Department began acquiring 335 acres of land from the neighboring Thurbo Tea Estate. The work to develop this country into a tourist destination began in 1974 when Siddhartha Shankar Ray was the chief minister of West Bengal. The tourist resort, which included the newly built lake and day center, was inaugurated in April 1979 by the next Prime Minister of West Bengal, Jyoti Basu. As tourism flourished, Krishnanagar developed at the other end of the lake with hotels and restaurants for tourists.

Mirik became the headquarters of the Mirik subdivision on March 30, 2017.


Places and tea plantations in the southern part of the Darjeeling Sadar subdivision (including the Jorebunglow Sukhiapokhri CD block) and the Mirik subdivision in the Darjeeling district
CT: census town, R: rural / urban center, NP: national park / nature reserve, TE: tea
Abbreviations used in names - TG for Tea Garden (town / village), TE for Tea Estate
Due to space constraints on the small map, actual positions on a larger map may vary slightly

Mirik has become a tourist destination due to its climate, natural environment and easy accessibility. The center of all attractions is Lake Sumendu, surrounded by a garden called Savitri Pushpaudyan (named after Savitri Thapa, a martyr from INA) on one side and pine trees on the other, crossed by an arched pedestrian bridge Indreni pool (named after Indreni) linked together are Thapa, a martyr soldier from INA). A 3.5 km long road surrounds the lake and is used for walks with a view of Kangchenjunga on the distant horizon. Boating on the rustic boats and horse riding are possible.

Mirik has an average height of 1,495 m. The highest point is the Bökerkloster at around 1,768 m. Lake Mirik is the lowest point at around 1,494 m. Mirik is located 52 km northwest of the city of Siliguri and 49 km south-southwest of the city of Darjeeling.

Area overview

The map next to shows part of the southern part of the Darjeeling Himalayan mountain region in the Darjeeling District. In the Darjeeling Sadar subdivision, 61.00% of the total population lives in rural areas and 39.00% of the population lives in urban areas. In the Mirik subdivision, 80.11% of the total population lives in rural areas and 19.89% in urban areas. There are 78 tea gardens / estates in the district (the number varies slightly depending on the source) that produce and largely export Darjeeling tea. It directly / indirectly involves a large part of the population. Some tea gardens were identified as census towns or villages in the 2011 census. Such locations are marked on the map as CT (Census City) or R (Rural / Urban Center). Certain tea estate pages are marked with TE.

Note: The map opposite shows some of the notable locations in the subdivision. All locations marked on the map are linked in the larger full-screen map.


The 2011 census of India recorded a population of 11,513 in the Mirik Notified Area (i.e. urban unit). 5688 were men and 5825 were women. The rural area of ​​Mirik (under 6 grams of panchayats) recorded a total population of 46,374. The number of men was 23,394 and that of women 22,980.

As per the 2001 census of India, Mirik urban area had a population of 9141. Men numbered 4619 and women 4522 Mirik rural area had a total population of 42,237. Men numbered 21,112 and women 21,125. The decadal growth rate of the population (1991–2001) was -1.33.

Tourists boating in Lake Mirik

Administration and Healthcare

The urban center in Mirik is administered by a nine-district community / designated area, while the remote rural villages are cared for by the Mirik community development block with six grams of panchayats: Chenga Panighata, Pahilagaon School Dara-I, Pahilagaon School Dara-II , Soureni-I, Soureni-II and Duptin.

There is a taluka court in Mirik, which has a civil judge and a judge.

There is a government hospital in Mirik with six general practitioners and one dentist. There are no specialists, but an optician. There are two medical stores in Krishnanagar and a pathology laboratory with an optical store. There are only a few medical shops left in the Mirik Bazar.

Legislative segment

According to the order of the demarcation commission for the delimitation of the constituencies in West Bengal, the area under the municipality of Mirik and the Mirik block will be part of the constituency of the Klassenong Assembly in West Bengal. The Kursong Assembly constituency is an assembly segment of the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency.


Mirik is located 52 km northwest of the city of Siliguri and 49 km south-southwest of the city of Darjeeling.

Bagdogra (IATA airport code IXB) 52 km south of Mirik is the nearest airport and New Jalpaiguri next to Siliguri is the nearest train station.

Only a few buses run from Mirik to Siliguri and Darjeeling. 70. Shared taxis run from Mirik to Siliguri, Darjeeling ,kurseong, Kakarbhitta (Nepal), Sonada and Kalimpong. The fare recently rose to Rs. 120 for Siliguri ,kurseong and Darjeeling (2018) and Rs 120 * for Kakarvitta and Sonada (2018) per passenger. One can hire a taxi for the price of Rs. 1200 to 1600 for Darjeeling ,kurseong, Siliguri and Kakarbhitta (Nepal) *. Shared taxis also run to Mirik from Darjeeling, Siliguri ,kurseong, Sonada, and Kakarbhitta.

Shared taxis are operated from Mirik by Mirik Tours & Travels (Krishnanagar). Taxis are available for internal transportation within Mirik to go from Mirik Lake (Krishnanagar) to Mirik Bazar at Rs. 15 per head.


Tourists boating in Lake Mirik

Mirik Bazar, Thana Line, Krishnanagar, Deuseydara, Thurbo, Mirik Busty and Byapari Golai are some places in Mirik where accommodation is available for tourists. However, most of the hotels and restaurants are located in the Krishnanagar area of ​​Mirik. The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration operates a motel on a hill near the helipad in Ahalay and another tourist cabin near the lake. There are other good hotels in Krishnanagar like Jagjeet, Sadbhavna, Ratnagiri, Mhelung, the Park Hotel, the Pradhan Hotel and Restaurant, Viraz, Parijat and the Blue Lagoon. There are some hotels in Mirik Bazar like the Boudi Hotel and the Hotel Payal. There are many lodges and private guest houses such as Nigha, Ashirvad and Buddha. There is a Forest Rest House in Mirik, which can be booked at the Kursong District Forestry Office. There is also a PWD (Public Works Department) inspection bungalow near the lake that can be booked at the Siliguri PWD office. The Rangbhang Homestay is the first homestay in the Mirik Valley and offers a unique experience.

There are numerous restaurants for different tastes. The Gorkha Café and Restaurant in Nesang serves Gorkha dishes and shows the tradition and culture of Gorkha. The Kolkata Hotel serves pure Bengali cuisine. T Plus is an ideal fast food center. Geetanjali Nepali Hotel and Hills Restaurant are other restaurants. There are some foreign liquor stores and bars. Hotel Lohit Sagar and Tejashwee Fast Food serve purely vegetarian food, including South Indian dishes. There is a department store for groceries and soft drinks at the Mirik petrol pump. There are many food stalls serving fast food near the lake.

There are also many stays in the area that are starting to sprout due to the large number of tourists flocking here.

Get around

  • Sumendu Lake - It is the heart of Mirik. There is a 24 m long footbridge over the lake. You can go boating in the lake or go horse riding around the lake.
  • Rameetay Dara - A lookout point near the city from which you can see the surrounding mountains and the vast plains below.
  • - It is on the way to Rameetay Dara and is a Buddhist meditation center.
  • Rai Dhap - source of drinking water for Mirik and a picnic area.
  • Debisthan - A temple of a Hindu goddess on a hill near Lake Sumendu.
  • Sparkling vantage point - From here you have a panoramic view of the tea gardens.
  • Tea Gardens - A number of tea gardens produce Darjeeling tea, notably Thurbo, Soureni, Gopaldhara, Singbulli, Okayti, and Phuguri are located in and around Mirik.
  • Manjushree Park - 20 minutes drive from Mirik. Suitable for children and those seeking peace.
Tourist vehicles at Mirik.
  • Orange plantations - Mirik is known for its high quality oranges. These are grown in Mirik Busty, Murmah and Soureni Busty.
  • Orchids - Mirik has one of the best climates for a typical orchid called the Cymbidium Orchid, which fetches one of the highest prices in the world's flower markets. One such cymbidium orchid garden is "Darjeeling Gardens Pvt. Ltd." is located in Rato Mate in Mirik.
  • Bunkulung (Jayanti Nagar) - Ecotourism is promoted here and several facilities are available for staying at home.
  • Pashupatinagar - This border market with Nepal is a trading center for the trade in clothing, electronics and housewares.
  • Don Bosco Church - It is located near the Don Bosco School. One of the larger Catholic churches in the Darjeeling district.
  • Mirik Church (UCNI) - This is the oldest church in Mirik in Deosay Dara, District No. IV, Mirik. The church building was erected in 1962 while the house church (fellowship) began about eight decades ago. The same old building still exists today. The church remains open to everyone every day. The English service begins on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Nepalese service at 11:00 a.m. The Church has a close relationship with the Darjeeling Hills Bible School (DHBS), the first school to offer theological education in the Nepalese language since 1954. For many decades, Mirik Church and Darjeeling Hills Bible School have continuously contributed to evangelism in the Nepalese-speaking community.
  • Darjeeling Hills Bible School (DHBS) -
  • Swiss Cottage (also known as the Motel) - An exotic accommodation at the highest elevation of Mirik, far from the city's crowds. And on the left side of the motel you will find the helipad (now a tourist spot).
  • Sunrise Point - View of the sunrise in the east and its reflection on Kanchanjunga in the north. From here you can also see the plains of North Bengal.
  • Rangbang - picnic next to the river, homestay with traditional food and cultural style.

Banks and financial institutions

There are six banks in Mirik, namely State Bank of India (Branch Code: 7336) (Krishnanagar), United Bank of India (Krishnanagar), Indian Overseas Bank (Krishnanagar), Central Bank of India (Mirik Bazar) and Uttar Banga Kshetriya Gramin Bank (Soureni Bazar, 6 km on the way to Siliguri) and Punjab & Sind Bank (Mirik Bazar). There are seven ATMs, two from SBI (one in Mirik Bazaar, one in Krishnanagar), one from Central Bank of India (Mirik Bazaar), one from HDFC Bank, one from Axis Bank (both in Krishnanagar) and two from IndiCash ATM (one in Thana Line, Mirik and one in Soureni Bazar).

Other financial institutions such as Postsparen, NABARD, Bandhan Finance and customer service centers of private financial institutions are available.

Buddhist monastery in Mirik.

CBSE affiliated schools

  • Snowdrop School (English medium) CBSE

CISCE affiliated schools

  • Brindavan boarding school (English medium)
  • Orange Lake School (English medium)
  • Glenmore International School (English medium)
  • Lewis English School (English medium)
  • Green Lawn School (English medium)
  • Wood Lands Academy (English medium)
  • Pinehall Academy
  • Temple of Wisdom

Schools affiliated with WBBSE and WBCHSE

  • Don Bosco School (English medium) Madhyamik (WBBSE)
  • Mirik Higher Secondary School (English medium) Madhyamik (WBBSE) and Higher Secondary (WBCHSE); Vocational training travel and tourism course (linked to WBSCVET)
  • Soureni Rabindranath High School (Nepalese medium) Madhyamik (WBBSE) and HS (WBCHSE)
  • Phuguri High School (Nepalese medium) Madhyamik (WBBSE) and HS (WBCHSE)
  • Thurbo High School, 9th Mile (Nepalese Medium) Madhayamik (WBBSE) and HS (WBCHSE)
  • Rasdal Gaon Junior High School (English Medium) Madhayamik (WBBSE)
  • Murmah Prem Sundar High School (Nepalese Medium) Madhayamik (WBBSE)
  • Jogpal Jr High School (English Medium) Madhyamik (WBBSE)
  • Sophie's Academy (Nepalese and English medium), Secondary and Senior Secondary (NIOS)




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