A surreal journey from Darjeeling to Mirik

Author: Mohammed Amaan
Date: 2020-09-04

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Darjeeling is a beautiful hill station in North Bengal that can be easily reached from Siliguri. Darjeeling is around 60 km from Siliguri and is well connected through roads and railways. Darjeeling always fulfills the excitement of nature lovers since the British Raj time. Tourists are left with jaw-dropping experience once reach Darjeeling. 

Often known as Queen of Hills, Darjeeling offers adventures like camping, cable car riding, and mountaineering. Along with them, Darjeeling has a good variety of flora and fauna. There are a lot of local sightseeing points in Darjeeling town covering Tiger Hill, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastery, HMI, Zoological Park, Tea State, and Cable Car Ride. If you have planned 2 or more days for Darjeeling, so nearby places can also be covered. Kurseong, Lamhatta, and Mirik can easily be reached from Darjeeling in 1-2 hrs time. 

Road to Kurseong

Kurseong, 40 km from Mirik


Lamahatta, 20 km from Darjeeling

Mirik is approx 50 km from Darjeeling town and it takes 2 hrs to reach Mirik from Darjeeling. Mirik is a small hill town near the Indo-Nepal border and is famous for a lake and tea plantations. A road from Ghoom station goes to Sukhiapokhri, a busy hill township located 20 km from Darjeeling. The road continues to Mirik through scenic tea gardens and lovely mountain landscapes. 

Ghoom Railway Station

Ghoom Railway Station, 41 km from Mirik

Sukhiapokhri Market

Sukhiapokhri Market, 27km from Mirik

From Simana View Point, on the way to Mirik, you can see Maneybhanjan below and the beautiful mountains on a clear day. On the other side of the valley, the road to Sandakhphu is visible and on the right Khangchendzonga Range can be seen. 

From Simana the road towards Mirik, acts as the divider between India and Nepal. Both sides Nepalese people live and their cultures & languages are same. They even visit each other regularly and cross borders as only the road itself is the border.  

En route one can visit Pashupati Market in Nepal, 1 km away from the Indian border. It's famous for low cost imported articles. You may walk to the market or can take a taxi.