One of the famous cities of West Bengal is the beautiful Darjeeling district located at the foothills of the lesser Himalayan region. Often referred to as the queen of the Himalayas, the jaw-dropping landscapes, mesmerising views of sunrises, and untouched beauty make Darjeeling a famous tourist attraction on the eastern side of India. Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful hill stations spread over steep mountainous landscapes tucked amidst lush green valleys and acres of tea plantations. The spectacular Darjeeling attracts tourists from all around the world. In the lush green tea gardens of Darjeeling, you will be able to witness men and women plucking tea leaves, and in some places, you might want to get down amidst the plantations to pluck the leaves yourself. The tea of Darjeeling is famous all around the globe, and it is not just the tea that makes Darjeeling popular. Darjeeling offers places and views as mesmerising as no other. However, while on your trip to Darjeeling you might want to visit another beautiful place not very far away.
Darjeeling – a beautiful hill station
At around 49 km lies a small enchanted hill town called Mirik in West Bengal. Darjeeling to Mirik takes only about two and a half hours drive by car. Mirik is a quiet and sleepy town between Darjeeling and Siliguri. Tourists who visit Darjeeling often prefer visiting Mirik as well. Mirik is basically famous for its pleasant weather, beautiful tea gardens, cardamom gardens, Sumendu Lake, and lovely orange orchards. To travel from Darjeeling to Mirik, a road from a place called Ghum is taken that goes to Sukhiapokhari. While travelling from Darjeeling to Mirik witness the splendid scenic tea garden plantations beside the roads, hill slopes, and magnificent mountainous landscapes.
The bewitching tea garden route from Darjeeling to Mirik
On your to Mirik, you will see many orange orchards, the famous Thurbo Tea Estate, and many other tea gardens. You will get many buses from Darjeeling to Mirik but if you reserve a cab and take it which most of the tourists prefer, you will be able to witness the views properly. You will also see another astounding place in the hills called Jorpokhri during your ride from Sukhiapokhari Darjeeling. A short two and half hours uphill drive will let you witness many beautiful places, tiny villages, twin lakes surrounded by forests. Be prepared to be awed by the majestic and glorious views of Mt Khangchendzonga from Darjeeling to Mirik as well.
Women plucking tea leaves in Darjeeling’s tea garden
Many tourists halt for some time at Jorpokhri to soak their souls in the mesmerising views of the green forests and lakes while some visit this place while returning to Darjeeling from Mirik. About 20 minutes from Sukhiapokhari in Darjeeling, an amazing viewpoint called Simana is located. When translated to the local language, Simana means border and is the Indo-Nepal border area. This is an interesting place to be in on your way to Mirik from Darjeeling since the road in this area belongs to India but the views that you look at falls in Nepal. If you want to get a closer look at the scenic views you may freely cross the road. The road towards Mirik from Darjeeling district at Simana acts as the divider between the two nations. Due to the very close proximity of these two countries, the people in these areas in Darjeeling share some common culture, languages and the cuisines of both sides have been influenced by each other as their culture and tradition do. On a clear day, you will also be able to see a small transit town of Darjeeling called Maneybhanjang under the mountains here. It is also a base place for trekking at Sandakphu in Darjeeling. Sandakphu is one of the most famous places of attractions in Darjeeling. You might want to get some good pictures of the views in this area as well and also of the dazzling Khangchendzonga peaks.
A viewpoint on the way to Mirik from Darjeeling
On this road from Darjeeling to Mirik, you will come across many stalls selling tea and snacks, books, chocolates, and their local products. You definitely would want to halt for some minutes to try out their locally grown delicious and fresh hot tea. Many stalls have been standing in these places for ages in Darjeeling district. Also, try some local snacks and light appetizers. There are many several small shops that sell local chocolates and candies, some are brought from Nepal and some are made in India. You may take some with you if you wish and enjoy them on your trip to Mirik and also while visiting places in Darjeeling. If you are quite a drinker, you might also like to buy some local beers sold in these areas.