Jadav Payeng is better known as Forest Man of India.
He spent over 30 years single-handedly raising a 550-acre forest on barren sandbar.
The area can be compared to the size of 15 football stadiums together.
Mulai forest is on the Majuli island in Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Jorhat.
Majuli is the world’s largest river island.
However, over the past 70 years it has shrunk by more than half.
Concerned over ecological degradation of the island, Payeng began planting trees on the barren sandbar.
Eventually, it turned into a deep forest.
The forest is visited by 120 species of birds apart from elephants, rhinos and tigers from Kaziranga National Park.
Government learned about the forest only in 2008 when a herd of around 100 wild elephants strayed into it.
In recognition of his work, Indian government honoured him with Padma Shri in 2015.