Photographer's Note

The Damsang forest is a unique paradise. While one slope of the hills get more rain, it is covered with evergreen coniferous forest, with sunlight rarely peeping in, the other slope has a cover of deciduous vegetation, where leaf fall is common in autumn. This picture is taken on the mid-ridge, where the two distinct vegetations meet. Specifically these are types of nuts, deciduous trees, which grow less dense. Most of the large trees here are about 500-800 years old, and one can feel from the huge mossy trunks, that they have survived here the dent of time. One can look though the canopie to see the blue autumn sky.

Damsang forest comes in the writings of Joseph Dalton Hooker in his definitive, The Himalayan Journal (1855), due to its mistique beauty and wilderness. Unique species of flora and fauna fourish here still.

One can still see, not far away from here, the ruins of Damsang Gadi, the fort of the legendary Lepcha king of the region.

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Additional Photos by Arnab Chatterjee (arnabchat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 775 W: 143 N: 975] (7233)
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