Thursday, November 11, 2010

MIRIK


At 5800ft is newest hill station discovered in North Bengal. Best draw in Mirik is Sumendu Lake, set amidst hills carpeted with tea, orange and cardamom plantations. Stretch your legs around 3.5km track around the lake enjoying the splendid view of the Kanchenjunga. The lake has an 80ft bridge. Boating in this lake is a fascinating activity for the tourists. Hire a boat for Rs 40 per hour. A pony ride around the lake (Rs 50-60) and for Rs 250 they will take you around town.

The main tourist area Krishnanagar is south of the lake. A 10 minute walk takes you to Bokar Gompa, home of the Mahayana monks. A short walk leads to the temple of kali, Shiva and Hanuman. Catch the sunset and sunrise from Rameetay Dhara. Raidhap is a popular picnic spot and the pious can pay homage at the Singla Devi Mandir on the west banks of the lake. The Manju Picnic Spot is fresh and untouched and the latest getaways Mirik offers to tired minds. A new picnic spot with beautiful scenery and a swimming pool is Rang Bhang Khola. There are lovely walks around the tea estates. The Soureni Tea Estate is one of the better gardens of the area. A conducted tour will help in knowing the mystic flavor of Darjeeling tea.

About 2kms, from Mirik situated on the spur lie the famed orange orchards. Mirik is the largest supplier of oranges in West Bengal. Worth a visit is the cardamom plantation in and around Mirik. A day’s teak down to river Balasun again climbing uphill to Kurseong on the opposite mountain range is a fascinating experience. Recently built Don Bosco Church offers solace to the soul as you travel.

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