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The Washer Man : This shot was taken while I was taking a stroll inside the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary on a November morning.I saw him while crossing a small stream inside the sanctuary, the washer man was doing his job by the bank of the stream using all his might to smash the clothes on the bare rock to cleanse it, the way all the dhobis ( Hindi for washerman) do it across India.

Some tidbits about the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary :

Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India.It is situated only 13 km from Siliguri town,the biggest town in North Bengal..The sanctuary is spread over 160 km² of reserve forest and was started as a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1959, it got the status of a sanctuary mainly to protect the Indian bison and Royal Bengal Tiger, which were facing the threat of extinction. The important mammalian species include Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian elephants, Indian bison, chital barking deer, sambar, Rhesus monkey, many species of lesser cat like fishing cat and jungle cat, Himalayan black bear, leopard including clouded leopard, and many other smaller animals like rare mountain goat ,porcupines, snakes, etc.

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