The drive now turns into gentle curves and clambers on higher ranges. The Teesta faded away like a distant memory and the landscape changes precipitously. The scent of Pine welcomes you as rows of ancient Pine stands proud creating thick green cover amidst the mist.
The driver remarks, that there has been massive denudation of these majestic trees, and other not so local tree plantation drive has taken place to revive the forests and woods back to its former glory.
He further continues that formerly a drive like this on narrow stretches one encountered many big cats, plenty of Deers, and even Elephants! Now it’s reduced to an oddity on these tracts.(cont)