Another place in Darjeeling at the distance of about 50 kilometers is Mirik which is situated at an altitude of about 5,500 feet. Mirik with its alternative route to Siliguri from Darjeeling has the identity of its own as an exotic hill resort, Mirik is the valley with the natural lake spanning to 1.25 km long which is fed with perennial springs and rain water, and is an excellent picnic spot, offering magnificent view of Mt Khangchendzonga. Lake is surrounded by Pine trees and garden of flowers, where the ride on paddle boat is possible. Mirik has the small town with its own Municipality office, where Tourist lodge and cottages are available.
It is possible to conduct both long and short tour package to Mirik. Places of interest other than the lake itself are:
Fabulous view of the plains and mountains alike is possible from here. Beautiful view of sunrise and sunset can be seen from here.
Deosi Dara: Offers magnificent view of the landscape around.
Rai – Dhap: An ideal picnic spot
Tea Gardens: In and around Mirik there are eight tea gardens.
Oranges Orchards: Mirik being the largest producer of oranges in Darjeeling has beautifulrchards.
Cardamom Grove: Mirik also has many cardamom fields located at marshy land.
Devi Sthan: Hindu temple situated at the bank of the lake.