Mirik:The Place Where You Get Munnar and Nainital Together

Mirik:The Place Where You Get Munnar and Nainital Together

Mirik, a small hill station located on the banks of a huge lake in the vast Himalayan Valley, is near Darjeeling in West Bengal.

Nestled in the tranquil hills, the place is popularly known for its lakes and mountains but is often characterized by the picturesque and scenic natural beauty; it has to offer to its visitors. It derives its name from the Lepcha word“Mir-Yok” which means “place burnt by fire”.

Honestly, we couldn’t find any meaning of it given the landscape. But it might hint back to turbulent times in the tea gardens which it used to have in pre-independence India.

It is situated at a height of 1767m from sea level and that makes the weather gorgeous around the year.
Mirik

Breathtaking View of Mirik Lake

This Place is the perfect getaway for a short trip to refresh you from the daily hustle and bustle of routine life. The exquisite nature of this hill town and its easy accessibility has made the place one of the known tourist destinations of North Bengal. However, do not be afraid of this place being over-crowded unless you are coming in peak season.

The small city is adorned with an umpteen number of sightseeing places in itself. However, hill stations like Kurseong, Darjeeling and Ghoom can also be travelled to from here in a day. The charm of this hill station lies in its tranquillity and serenity and therefore a must-visit for all hill lovers.

Lack of marketing and previously infrastructure didn’t make the place what Nainital is probably today. But with bettering infrastructure and increasing crowd in so-called popular places, you must visit this place before commercialization vandalize the natural beauty of the place. 

How To Reach Mirik: 

Today, the place very well connected. You can easily select your own travel plan according to your budget and time at hand

By Air:

If you are choosing to fly down, then the nearest airport is Bagdogra. From Bagdogra, the place is about 44kms and should take a travel time of approximately one and a half hours. Prepaid cabs, cars and buses are easily available from Bagdogra airport.

By Train:

In case you choose to travel by train, as usual, the nearest station is New Jalpaiguri. The distance from NJP station is about 55kms and should take a travelling time of almost 2 hours.

By Car:

Yes, this is possible too. Travelling to this place from the plains in a car will give you one of the best views of nature. The road is gorgeous and exquisite. With the vast green tea gardens on the mountain slopes, the panoramic view of the orange orchards and the flower gardens make this route one of the most picturesque sceneries of the country.

Jeep, taxis, private cars, shared mini-coaches and buses are abundantly available from NJP station or Bagdogra airport. From here if you choose to visit other hill stations like Kurseong, Darjeeling and Ghoom- that’s possible too.

Coming from Darjeeling : In case you Plan to Club it with your Darjeeling Trip 

As mentioned earlier, this place is well connected not only to NJP station (Siliguri) and Bagdogra but also has wonderful connectivity from other hill stations like Kurseong, Ghoom and Darjeeling. This makes it very accessible to tourists.

If you are visiting Darjeeling and planning to visit here on a day’s trip then that’s possible too. The distance from Darjeeling is about 40kms and is considered to be one of the most scenic routes in India. It will take you around 1.5 hours in a car.

Darjeeling-to-Mirik

Darjeeling Road Scenic Beauty

Half of this route runs through the Nepal border and is surrounded by Chestnut Oak, Pine and Fir trees. You can hire prepaid taxis and private cars or taxis from Darjeeling. They will take you through this route and bring you back with the number of stoppages you wish to make. The Darjeeling-Mirik drive provides you with one of the pristine scenic beauty of nature.

In shared jeeps, the fare is INR100 per person and the fares for smaller private taxis is INR2000. However, if you are booking a larger car, the fare ranges upwards INR 2500. The fares usually vary as per the season. Shared jeeps are usually available from 7 am in the morning till 3 pm in the afternoon.

Mirik Weather, Temperature and Best Time to Visit:

Nestled in the hills of Darjeeling, this small town enjoys very comfortable weather all-round the year. During summers, the temperature usually never goes beyond 30 degrees Centigrade and hence the summers are pleasant. The nights during summers might be a little chilly and light woollens will suffice you while in day time regular clothes are more than comfortable.

However, the winters are cold but the temperature never drops below freezing point like the other hill stations which are situated at higher altitudes. Woollen clothing is a must during winters.

Mirik-temperature

 Temperature Chart

 

This place experiences heavy rainfall during monsoons. Nevertheless, this area of the Himalayas is less conducive to heavy landslides because of its lower altitudes and has good road conditions

Mirik’s agreeable and gratifying weather helps it to be visited all-round the year. You can escape the summers of the plains, enjoy the chill of the winter and also satisfy your soul with the greenery around during the monsoons.

However, for specifics, mid-March to end May and mid-September to December is the best time to visit here.

 

Hotels and Home Stays 

The place provides its tourists with a number of hotels and accommodations as per your requirements. There’s quite a variety of budget stays along with the luxury ones. Nevertheless, it is a little difficult to find starred hotels over here.

This is because this part of Darjeeling has not yet become a crazy demand among tourists. However, you can even choose to stay in homestays for a more local and personal experience.

The accommodation hub in the city is mostly on the southern side of the Mirik Lake- which is considered to be the centre of the town.

You might find this area a little bit crowded due to tourist footfall. But most of the sightseeing spots here are quite close by from this area. Vehicles are also easily accessible from here.

If you are looking for a quiet place to stay and looking for a travel experience then homestays will be a better option for you. There are quite a few awesome Villas in and around the place. Nestled in the secluded parts along the mountain are quaint little homestays which are no less than hotels in terms of comfort and amenities.

Stay Option Suggestions:

We at Nomadic, travel the length and breadth of every city to find out the best accommodations for you. Our team scores all properties in 16 different and important parameters and bring out only the best for you everywhere. We reject 6 out of every 7 property that we visit. So, you can understand we try to give just the list that you need.

We are in the business of shortlists of great places to stay. 

From budget to luxury we have them all here and they are without a doubt the best in Mirik.

Town Homestay 

A great place to stay. Budget price, awesome foods, warm hospitality and great views of mountains and define this place.

Read all details on Town Homestay here.

Fairytale Homestay 

As the name goes, this place is no less than a fairytale-ish place to stay. This is an old colonial bungalow turned into an awesome homestay.

Read all details on Fairytale Homestay here.

 

Bungkulung Bungalows 

bungkulung

Quiet wooden bungalows, hidden in nature. A young hill river flows near this Bungalow. Awesome stay.

Read all details about Bungkulung Bungalows Here.

Schooldara Heritage Bungalow

Schooldara

A heritage bungalow with a lot of open space is renovated to a villa. This is a place that is cut out from dreamy movies.

All details about School Dara Heritage Bungalow Here.

 

Ghoom Tea Villa 

 

Ghoom Tea

The best and most expensive villa resort in the region. The amenities, service and view are memorable.

You will get all details about Ghoom Tea Villa Here.

Tourist Place Nearby | Sightseeing Options in Mirik

There are a number of sightseeing and tourist spots here that one should visit. Few of the major attractions are listed below:

The Lake:

Samendu Lake, more popularly known as the Mirik Lake, is a man-made lake made by the West Bengal Government during the 1970s. It covers an area of 12.5kms and is surrounded by a 3.5kms of road. A beautiful arched bridge is built over the lake and standing on it will give you a beautiful view of the Kanchenjunga.

Mirik-Lake

Famous Lake

Activities like paddle boating, horse-riding and fish feeding are highly recommended. Even a walk down the lakeside trail will bring your mind to peace and soothe your soul.

Tea Gardens:

The tea gardens which will fall along the way from Darjeeling is absolutely mesmerizing. They will make you feel as if you have directly transported to heaven. The majestic view of the vast areas of greenery and the smell of freshly grown tea leaves will make you want to live there for the rest of your life.

mirik-tea-garden

Tea Garden

There are around 8 tea gardens in Mirik. 2kms from the lake is the Thurbo Tea Estate which is considered to be the best one in here.

If you come here once you will be in difficulty to choose between Munnar and this place. Believe us when we say this, we have been to both places.

Pashupati Market:

The Market, popularly known as the Pashupati Market is one of the most active tourist spots in this area. It lies on the south side of the lake and is the best place to inculcate the local art, culture and activities of this area.

Pashupati-Market

A seller in Pashupati Market

Interactions with locals here will help you to understand their lifestyle and how they run their daily lives in this ethereal piece of heaven. You get woollens and other winter products cheaper here

Kalimpong:

The distance from Kalimpong is about 112kms and takes a travel time of almost 4 hours if you are travelling via NH10 and Rishi Road. Kalimpong will not be a day’s trip. you got to plan for one night or two nights halt. However, the route is fantastic and the scenic beauty around will make the drive even more enjoyable.

We have a detailed article on Kalimpong. Take a look.

Bokar Monastery:

Bokar-Monastery

Bokar Monastery

Another popular tourist spot is the BokarNgedonChokhor Ling Monastery, also known as the Bokar Monastery. Built-in the year 1986 this Monastery provides a wonderful view of the whole town and the lake.

Rang Bhang River:

About 7kms from Town is TabaKoshi next to the Rang Bhang River. Here, you can spend a quiet and leisure time picnicking along the river bed and even visit the two temples situated here. In case you want a little adventure, then trek down to Rang Bhang River and on your way have a meet and greet with beautiful birds.

Rangbhang-River

Rangbhang River

The KawlayDara Viewpoint:

The KawlayDara Viewpoint also known as the Tingling viewpoint lies on the south of town. Get a sweeping view of the surrounding tea gardens and the far off snow-capped mountains from here. The experience of watching the sunset and the sunrise from here is once in a lifetime experience.

Orange Village:

The PahiloGaon area towards the east of the town is famous for the vast orange orchards and the massive fields growing cardamom. The smell of the fruit and the spice, once you enter this village area, is simply rejuvenating.

Orange Garden

 

Suggested Tour Packages 

Tour 1: Darjeeling-Mirik Tour

If you are planning to make this tour, this is one of the best tour plans. Plan a three nights and four days tour to Darjeeling and spend a day in Mirik.

3N4D Package:

Day Plan: 

1: Arrive at Darjeeling and relax for the rest of the day. You can roam around exploring the hill town.

2: Do local sightseeing of Darjeeling.

3: Early morning leave for Mirik. The distance from Darjeeling is about 40kms. Imbibe the beauty of nature as you drive down to the destination with lush green scenery all around you. On your way, you can also visit the Pashupati Market if you want to do some shopping to take back home with you.

Once you reach here, go for sightseeing in and around the city. Visit the Lake, the Bokar Monastery, and the Bazaar etc. if you are the adventurous kind, leave for a trek through the thick dense forests of the place along with the number of trekking trails. Experience your touch with nature and be sure to leave mesmerized. Stay the night at here.

4: Leave for NJP station or Bagdogra as per your train or flight schedule.

Tour 2: Kalimpong- Gangtok- Darjeeling-Mirik Tour

A weeks Package

If you are planning for a longer vacation, you can go for this tour plan- which requires 7 nights and 8 days. In this tour, you can cover all the gem places of North Bengal as mentioned above.

Day Plan: 

1: Arrival at Kalimpong and local sightseeing.

2: Visit and look around the popular tourist places of Kalimpong.

3: Leave for Gangtok. Once you reach Gangtok you can roam about in and around Gangtok.

4: Full day sightseeing in Gangtok.

5: From Gangtok come back to Darjeeling and halt the night.

6: Go for Darjeeling sightseeing.

7: Drive down to Mirik and visit the popular tourist spots. Halt for one night here.

8: Depart for your flight or train from NJP station or Bagdogra as per your schedule.

 

That’s all we have for now. If you have anything to add please feel free to comment and let us know your views suggestions etc.

 

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Rishop: Know Everything to Plan Your Trip and Best Places to Stay

Rishop: Know Everything to Plan Your Trip and Best Places to Stay

The virgin spot with rows of pines and rhododendrons triggers the beauty of Rishop. It is a small village in the districts of Kalimpong in West Bengal is one of the major attractions. There are myths associated with this name. “Ri” stands for mountain peak and “shop” means decade old trees.

The majestic view of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga is viewed from this evergreen village. It is 2591 meters around high from the sea level.

Kanchenjunga-from-Rishop

Rishop : General Information

The only serene location away from the hustle attracts people the most. A long walk around the village is quite relaxing. The rough roads through the region don’t really entertain transportation. Trekking and chirping of birds are way more adventurous here.

The newly found hamlet has a story behind it. Initially, there was a cluster of households with limited farming weather dependent lands. Later this hidden diamond place is found.

This has become a real relaxing abode for tourists. The nearby destinations are Lava, Lolegaon, Pedong, Rishi and the other sightseeing of Rishop etc.

Kanchenjunga-as-seen-from-Rishop

Rishop is a Lepcha village primarily. It’s just 32 kms away from Kalimpong and 9 kms from Lava. For the adventurous troop, there are a 4 kms of a trek from Lava and rest can be availed by roads.

The most amazing view of Kanchenjunga can be witnessed from a magical viewpoint call Tiffindara. Nathula and Jelep La can be viewed partially from Tiffindara in Rishop. This place never fails to amaze you for its desperate viewpoints.

From left to right – Mt Kharg, Mt Kokthang, Mt Rathung, Mt Kabru, Mt Talung, Mt Pandim, Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Simvo, Mt Narsing and Mt Siniolchu can be witnessed on a clear day. Altogether this awesome places gives you a mixed beauty sight of mountains, forest; chirping birds, clear day and the night sky.

But it lacks fancy stores and restaurants, unlike tourist’s spots. Better to carry essentials. Foods are available from the hotel restaurants.

Weather and Temperature in Rishop

Rishop has versatile climates. It is a place that attracts tourists throughout the year. Summers are pleasant, winters are desperately cold and monsoons are risky sometimes. Landslides obstruct transportation then. For reference climatic variations are mentioned.

Rishop-Weather-Chart

Rishop weather chart throughout the year

 Summer

Summer in plain is quite scorching and painful. To get a sigh of relief flock of tourists are attracted there in summers.

Rishop being a high altitude destination usually remains pleasant. The temperature hangs from 10 degrees to 29 degrees. Tourists can easily wander in and around Rishop at that time.

Kanchenjunga-as-seen-from-Rishop-in-clear-summer-morning

Kanchenjunga as seen from Rishop in clear summer morning

Monsoon

Summer is often followed by the monsoon. Heavy rainfall takes place around May to July(20 degrees approx). Avoid visiting Rishop in monsoons. A severe occurrence of landslides leads to low connectivity of transports.

Winter

Winter in hills is a splendid beauty. Mornings are foggy while noons are enjoyed by the tourists. The temperature is 0 degree to 6 degrees in December and January. There is a thrilling chill in Rishop. Sun hardly peeps in the winters. But a vague snow-capped mountain can be witnessed. Hopping around the nearby tourist’s spot can be soothing.

Rishop-in-foggy-winter-morning

In a foggy winter morning

Spring & Autumn

The perfect time to visit is October and Novembers. The temperature remains pleasant in autumns. The other perfect time to give a peep in here is in the splendid spring around February- March.

Rishop-in-Blooming-Spring-Time

Rishop in Blooming Spring Time

Best Time to Visit Rishop 

The best time to visit Rishop is the months of February, March, June, September, October and November. Adventure lovers also prefer to visit during the winters to experience the snowfall over here.

How to Reach Rishop 

It takes around four hours to reach Rishop from NJP railway station. The journey is around 110 km if you go via Kalimpong and 120 km via Gorubathan. From Bagdogra airport, it takes around an additional 10 km. From Kalimpong, it takes around 32 km via Alagarh to reach.

The road is quite steep to Rishop from Alagarh. It is only 9 km from Lava. The roads to Rishop are bumpy, gravel and steep. It is always advisable to take jeep type vehicle to reach up. On the way, you will see step farming.

There is about a 4 km trek way from Lava. It takes around 3 hours to trek through the pine, fern and orchids. Sometimes tourists can change their vehicle from Kalimpong to reach up. Rates are to be negotiated accordingly. From NJP/ BAGDOGRA/Siliguri pre-paid taxis and shared jeeps are available.

Major Train leaving from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri:

Train No. Train Name Days of departure Station of Departure Arr. Dep. Travel Time
13173,

13175

Kanchenjunga Express Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun;

Mon, Wed, Sat

Sealdaha 06:35 18:20 11:45
12363 KOAA HDB SF Express Tue, Thu, Sat Kolkata 09:05 18:55 09:50
12509,

12513

SBC-GHY Express Fri, Sat, Sun;

Mon

Santragachi Jn. 10:05 21:25 11:20
13141 Teesta Torsha Express Daily Sealdah 13:40 02:40 13:00
12041 HWH-NJP Shatabdi Express Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat Howrah 14:15 22:30 08:15
12345 Saraighat Express Daily Howrah Jn. 15:50 01:40 09:50
15959 Kamrup Express Daily Howrah Jn. 17:35 06:20 12:45
13147 Uttar Banga Express Daily Sealdah 19:35 06:50 11:15
13149 Kanchan Kanya Express Daily Sealdah 20:30 07:30 11:00
12343 Darjeeling Mail Daily Sealdah 22:05 08:00 09:55
12377 Padatik Express Daily Sealdah 23:20 09:15 09:55

Air Tickets Price and Timings

Kolkata-to-Darjeeling-air

Kolkata to Rishop Air ticket options in Cleartrip

Rishop Sightseeings points 

Tiffindara View Point

The trip to Tiffindara takes about two to three hours including travel. The only point and perfect view of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga, Nathu La pass and Jelep La pass can be viewed.

Kanchenjunga-as-seen-from-Tiffindara-View-Point

Kanchenjunga as seen from Tiffindara View Point

The panoramic view of the passes is visible on a clear day. It is located at an altitude of 2360 meters. Tourists can trek to this point through deep woods of 45 minutes each way. The spot remains open from 6 am to 5 pm. It is always accessible to trek from Rishop.

Changey Waterfall

Book a cab to reach Changey waterfall. The silent walk through the woods and birds are bound to mesmerize you. Then the crystal clear snow melted water flowing from the heights will take your mind away. Changey waterfall takes about one hour from Lava. The cars are parked at a little distant. From there you need to trek 900 meters to reach the falls.

Changey-Waterfall

Changey Waterfall

It is located near Kolakham in the district of Kalimpong. Kolakham is 4kms from Lava. The spot is open from 6 am to 5 pm. Himalayan birds like Blue Whistling Thrush, Indian Robbin, Grey Treepie etc are found.

Shiva Buddha Temple

This is quite an amazing place. Gradually you climb the red stairs you find Shiva and Buddha idols side by side.

Shri-Shiva-Buddha-Temple-Rishop

Shri Shiva Buddha Temple Rishop

Jorepokhri

This is an amazing hilltop of twin lake.  It is bordered by Kanchenjunga on one side and Darjeeling, Kurseong view on the other side. The word “Jore” means two and “pokhri” stands for pond. By car, it takes around four hours. The drive is by the Rishi road and NH10.

Jorpokhri-Darjeeling

Jorpokhri Darjeeling

A Suggestion of Itineraries to Visit Rishop. You can modify it as per conveniences.

Day 1 – Bagdogra/ NJP to Rishop

There are many flights till Bagdogra. Book the seats in advance for availability. Trains till NJP are available too. Reach Rishop by rented cars from the terminals in four hours.

Day 2 – Rishop sightseeing’s

Tiffindara viewpoint and Shiva Buddha temple and Changey waterfalls may be covered.

Day 3 – Trip to Jorpokhri

Visit Jorepokhri and Pedong and get back to your hotel.

Day 4 – Rishop to Lava

LAVA – The distance between Rishop and Lava is only 5 km. It is located 32 km east of Kalimpong district. Lava is a small town with natural vegetations and scenic beauty. Apart from the motorable road, tourists treks to Rishop from Lava.

The early morning view of the Lava monastery is a must visit. The monastery is also known as Ratnarishi Bihar Buddhist Gumpa. Karma Lodro Chokyi Senge, the third Kongtrul Rimpoche has established it.

Day 5 – Rishop to Lolegaon

The distance between Rishop to Lolegaon is 2 hours and 30 mins by car via Rishi road. Reaching Lolegaon, canopy walk through the beautiful forest is a must. Canopy walk is through the hanging bridge. The bridges are tucked from one tree to the other. You bet to see this greenery ever in your life. The next stop must be Neora Valley National park. The unique view of green forest and abode of red pandas are a must visit. The tourist may reside at Lolegaon for a night.

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Rishop Hotels, Homestays and Best Places to Stay

If you want complete privacy, away from the conundrum, there are provisions of cottages for you too.

We at Nomadic Weekends provide you with customised itineraries and tour plans according to your needs and requirements.  We are travellers just like you and therefore our shortlists or tour plans are not too extravagant and hectic- just like you want it.

 

You can click on the links below to know the places in much greater details. 

Rishop Valley Retreat

This is one of the best resorts around Rishop. The warm hospitality, deep woods of pine and fir attracts the most. The scenic view of the mountains can be enchanting from here.

The check in and out times are 11 am and 10 am respectively. They charge 1650 INR + 5% GST per head per day with meals.

Fairy Tale Retreat 

We perhaps chose the best for you. In the midst of hundreds of colourful birds and mystic view of the passes chases your heart. They charge 1450 INR per day per head with meals. Check in and out times are the same.

Sleeping Buddha Resort 

One of the best resorts in the area serves you at its best. The accommodation ranges from INR 5500 INR to & INR 7200 INR respectively. You can pay other taxes and GST at the resort separately.

Their check-ins and outs are 12 pm and 11 am respectively.

 

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  2. We have a team that is travelling on the streets of Darjeeling to find out great stay options
  3. We have ourselves experienced these places and we can guarantee a great stay for you
  4. Unlike others, we are never about dhobi list of options. We are the shortlist by the travellers just like you.

 

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