Another problem associated with tourist activity in the Himalayan region is the collection of flowers and plants.The Eastern Himalayas have been identified as one of the worlds 25 biodiversity hot-spots. Therefore,many plants and flowers such as orchids, rhododendrons, blue poppies and many more live there.The Himalayas is home for an estimated 10,000 plant species. But unfortunately many visitors are so intrigued with the vast array of beautiful species of plants and flowers that they pluck as many as possible out of fascination or for scientific collection and study. Likewise, tourist often return with bunches of endangered plants and flowers in their hands. Sometimes tourist are seen burning Juniperus bush as it easily catches fire while still green and serves as a source of amusement to playful tourists.Experts say that Juniperus plant is a very slow growing plant and takes ages to reach adults size.
Blue poppies. the national flower of Bhutan, that once grew in abundance at the Chelela pass in Paro has been severely depleted in recent years according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature. According to the society there were about 150 blue poppies in the 1990s. In 2000, the number had dwindled to 20 and to 11 in 2002.
Furthermore, millions of tourist visit the Himalayan region for pilgrimage each year, and they consider some plants and flowers holy, and use in various religious rituals. For instance, pilgrims burn the leaves of pine, juniper,hemlock and other flowers as an offering for gods.In addition, plants such as Chimonobambusa and Thomnocalamus are also being extensively depleted from their natural habitats since they are used extensively in crafts made for tourists. The rising numbers of tourists in the Himalayas is resulting in dwindling amounts of indigenous plant life. But I'm at least happy that science is helping to save Himalayan plants.