Maenam Hill, South Sikkim
Maenam Hill situated near Namchi at an altitude of 3140 m, is popular place for offering the most promising views of the richly forested hills contrasting with the lustrous Mt. Khangchendzonga behind. Its lush green landscapes embellished with the windings paths for the trekkers, overlook the whole enchanting town and even beyond, if it's a clear day. Maenam Hill is the pinnacle of all the ridges that strongly stands amidst the two major rivers of Sikkim; the Teesta and the Rangeet. In spite of its thick forest, it is the home to many rare species of Himalayan animals and birds. The serene and meditative surroundings inspires the visitors to get lost in its mesmerising beauty and become one with the nature.
The treks to Maenam Hill come as a combined visit to the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, where one can spot the rare species of Himalayan birds and animals amidst their natural habitat. Adding to the same experience, there is a very popular Tendong State Biodiversity Park that can be reached after exploring the alluring trails of Tendong Hill. The culturally diverse villages of Ravangla such as Narsing Village, Borong Village, Kewzing Village and many other, call the tourists for a lifetime experience of living with them and familiarizing with their unique lifestyle and tradition. Also take a dip into the sulphurous water of Ralong and Borong Hot Springs to witness its curative power. For the peace-seekers, there are colorful monasteries filled with tranquility such as Ralang Monastery, Bon Monastery and Tashiding Monastery. The Temi Tea Estate blessed with natural beauty and intense aroma of the finest tea, is a must visit for the tourists of Sikkim. Then there other popular tourist spots such as the Rimbi Waterfalls, Sewaro Rock Garden, Khecheopalri Lake, Rabdentse Ruins, Khangchendzonga Waterfalls, Sang Da Choeling Monastery and Pemayangtse Monastery located in Pelling, which are quite easily accessible from Maenam Hill.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Anytime of the year except the rainy season would be best time to visit this place. The weather of South Sikkim remains pleasant throughout the year, however if you are visiting in winter then don't forget to carry warm clothes as it can get chilly during this time of the year.
HOW TO GET THERE
Airways: The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, West Bengal about 102 km from Namchi. Sikkim also has got its first commercial airport at Pakyong, East Sikkim but weather hampers the operation of this airport most of the time. If you are lucky enough you can get a flight directly to Pakyong.
Railways: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in West Bengal which is about 98 km from Namchi. You can take a taxi to reach Namchi via Jorethang, which takes about 4 hours.
Roadways: Namchi is the district headquarter of the South and is about 82 km from Gangtok, the capital city.