While sifting through my archives recently, I chanced upon some unique pictures of the Chandrakhani forests taken during my trip. Flipping through the folder, I came across images of some trees that I had gotten fascinated by while we were walking through the forests.
Primarily comprising Chestnut, Oak and Pine, the very old Chandrakhani forests covered most of the mountain till the tree-line, which ended just a few meters short of the Chandrakhani Pass. A lot of organic debris (leaves, branches, twigs etc.) lay all around the forest floor, slowly decomposing with the help of the elements to become a part of the rich soil. The trees were of various forms, shapes and sizes, with their barks completely covered with numerous varieties of moss. These were spread across the wide expanse of land, with no settlement till one reached the valley floor at Rumsu.
The most interesting amongst the numerous trees were the ones that had died of age or other natural phenomena, with their carcasses slowly being disintegrated and serving as a host for different varieties of fungi. The trees seemed to look like those that one gets to see in horror or fantasy movies, with magic and wizards and enchanted forests. I remember being so intrigued by the forest that I couldn’t help myself from clicking a few photographs, and what a great pleasure it is to relive the feeling by putting select images here for everyone to enjoy.