Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary
The Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is a treasure house of Medicine as it houses rich assortment of Medicinal plants and herbs. It covers an area of 36.34 sq km and is located on the Maenam-Tendong ridge which runs from north to south, almost bisecting Sikkim longitudinally. This sanctuary escalates to an altitude of about 10,600 ft above sea level and shelters Red Panda, Goral, Serow, Barking Deer, Marbled-Cat, Leopard-Cat, Civet-Cats, Blood Pheasant, Common Hill Partridge, Magpies, Black Eagle, and Blue necked Pita, Sunbirds and many other animals of the temperate forest.
This sanctuary is famous for trekking and its rich biodiversity. The altitude ranges between 2300 meters to 3263 meters. A fabulous trek to Maenam Peak and further to Bhaledunga originates from Ravangla passing through the virgin track of alpine forest with a commanding view of Khangchendzonga snow peaks. It takes approximately 4 hrs to trek from Ravangla to Maenam peak and thereafter leads down to Borong Village.
There is a historical Buddhist Monastery called Maenam Gumpa on the top ridge of the sanctuary. Maenam Gumpa was established in 1969. Apart from this there is a temple of Lord Shiva, which is worshiped by the local villagers and is considered a sacred place. The streams which originate from the eastern side of the sanctuary mingle into the Teesta River and those which lies in the western flank gradually drain into the Rangit River.
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