Puja Pal (June 2019)
Hi thanks for detailed information about Darjeeling and near-abouts. I have planned to visit Darjeeling via Mirik with Kalimpong in this month (June 2019). I have visited Darjeeling before with the help of your suggestions and guidelines. You are a worthy tour planner and a lovely guide for us. I am sharing my current plan please help me out.
DAY 1- NJP/SILIGURI to DARJEELING via MIRIK (we like to cover Mirik lake, Pashupati market and Simana)
DAY 2- DARJEELING to KALIMPONG for half day tour and return
DAY 3- Visit Mall and surroundings and return to NJP.
I just want to know is it possible to cover the whole trip by shared jeep and is this plan going to work? As I am a solo traveler what suggestions are best for me? Thank you so much for you time and kindness...
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) June 2019
Hi, Darjeeling via Mirik by shared jeep and sightseeing along the way is technically possible but is not quite practical. You need to change shared jeep/taxi several times along the way and timings could be an issue (i.e. you may have to wait for long till you get the next shared jeep) and you won't get one easily after 3pm. But shared jeeps do ply along that route (some go up to Mirik, others to Sukhia, Ghum or Darjeeling). Pashupati market requires a long walk from the border (1 km one way) and takes substantial amount of time.... if you try shared jeep on this route, I suggest you skip Pashupati market. There is no shared jeep tour from Darjeeling to Kalimpong... you can however take a shared jeep to Kalimpong, then a private taxi for half day tour and get back by a shared jeep/taxi. Return to NJP is always doable by shared jeep.
Mathivannan (March 2018)
Dear Sir, We will be landing at Bagdogra around 1.15 p.m. Will it be ok if we take the Mirik route to reach Darjeeling. While enroute will it be possible to see Nepal Border market and other places like Lakes?
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2018
Mirik lake will be on the way and you can spend a few minutes there. The main Pashupati market at Indo/Nepal border is about 1km walk from the border and you won't have enough time for that, although there are few shops near the border which you might be able to visit depending on how you manage your time. The shops close down by sunset. Note that pre-paid taxi fare from Bagdogra airport does not cover all these local sightseeing and you need to pay extra to the driver for such stops.
Rupesh (May 2017)
Sir, is there direct taxis running from New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri to Darjeeling via Mirik?
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2017
No, there is no direct shared taxi in that route, but you can go up to Mirik and then take another one from there up to Darjeeling or Ghum.
Ashok Mujumdar (March 2016)
Dear Raj, We are visiting Darjeeling and Sikkim from 19th to 28th May. We are coming to Bagdogra by air and directly proceeding to Mirik and same day to Darjeeling. Please guide me are there any sweet marts on the way to Mirik where I can buy some namkeen and sweets. If so name of the shop. or are there any shop in Mirik ? Because I do not want to carry any thing from Bombay.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2016
Hello, The restaurant at Jagjit hotel in Mirik has a shop where you can buy such snack items.
Sunandan Pal (March 2015)
Sir, we a group of 7 college friends are going to Darjeeling on coming 24th march. We heard of the scenic beauty of the route to Darjeeling via Mirik. We will arrive NJP around 10 am by HWH-NJP AC chair car express. My questions are:-
1)will there be any problems if we plan to take a shared car from NJP to Mirik, having done local sightseeing then take another shared car to Darjeeling. If not how will we go for local sightseeing, is any car or auto available for that on private or sharing basis.
2)if we take prepaid taxi will the driver allow for local sightseeing at Mirik on extra cash payment and how much the amount could be approximately.
3)how much time usually it may take if we go for this plan to reach Darjeeling from NJP.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) March 2015
Take a shared jeep from NJP up to Mirik (about 1.5 hours). Spend some time at the lake area, do some paddle boating if you want, walk up to the Mirik Monastery (about 25 minutes from the lake), then come down and have your lunch. Post lunch, take another shared jeep for Darjeeling (usually available up to 3pm from the stand near the lake). Otherwise take a private sumo (will take about 2.5 hours to reach Darjeeling). Ask the driver that you will stop at Simana (Indo Nepal border viewing area). Pre-paid taxis from NJP may not agree to do sightseeing at Mirik or along the way, and even if they do, the charges can be quite high. But if you can take a private vehicle from NJP, you can cover an additional point located 8kms before Mirik ... Timling View Point, one of the best places to view tea gardens. This won't be possible with a shared jeep.
Major Naim (October 2014)
Dear Raj, At the very outset I like to thank you for your informative answers. This is Major Naim from Bangladesh. I will be visiting Darjeeling After 10th of October. My Plan is to return through Mirik while coming back to New Jalpaiguri. I will be accompanied by my wife &kid. If I am hiring a taxi from Darjeeling via Mirik to NJP will it wait for long in Mirik until my total visit time (around 2-3 hrs)? As we are Bangali so, we like to have lunch in Krisnanagar in Surojit & Boudi's hotel. Now if I want to avail any shared jeep/bus for going to NJP for that is there any cab stand in Mirik? What should be the last time for moving out from Mirik? Is there any bus/ shared taxi available to Mirik? Or it is better to hire a taxi upto Mirik to watch various view point like Jorpokhri, Market, Simana, Gopaldhara Tea Estate etc? Your guidance in this regard will be highly appreciated. Thanx.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2014
Hello, Shared jeeps are available between Darjeeling & Mirik, and Mirik & NJP. But they stuff in 12-14 people in a jeep in high season and it can get extremely uncomfortable unless you are used to such travels. Private taxi is a much better option, but in high season they can charge a lot. You can keep the cab waiting at Mirik but will need to negotiate a waiting charge which won't be small either. There are taxi stands in Mirik, both at the main market as well as at Krishnanagar area (near the lake). You will get shared jeeps also from these stands. If it can be afforded, I would recommend that you take a small private cab from Darjeeling, negotiate the rate and stop at Jorpokhri, Simana, (skip Pashupati market .... all trash), Mirik, Tingling view point (8kms from Mirik) etc.
Surojit's Kolkata Hotel in Mirik is unfortunately no longer a great place to have Bengali food. My last week's experience was quite bad. He is charging exorbitant amount for less than average quality food and low portions.... basically encashing on opportunities. I have also observed him misbehaving with guests. You can try the restaurant located adjacent to it on its left (Annapurna), although I haven't tried the food there but heard many tourists are now preferring that.
Nilanjana Choudhuri (May 2014)
Hi, I have read your blog where you have suggested to visit Mirik on the way to Darjeeling from NJP or the other way round etc. but can you just suggest me where to keep the luggage when I would be visiting mirik on my way to Darjeeling from Siliguri or NJP. In this case I would like to inform you that i would be taking a shared jeep from NJP to Mirik and then Mirik to Darjeeling. this would be a cheaper option to me. would you kindly give me the details regarding this. I would be reaching NJP by Darjeeling mail.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2014
You should not plan Mirik day sightseeing while on your way to or from Darjeeling on a shared jeep with heavy luggage. Nobody will keep your luggage. You can plan such visits only when you are taking a private taxi so that you can keep your luggage in the boot.