Flora and Fauna in Uttarkashi

Because of the detachment of the area and moderately less human homes, the widely varied vegetation in the region are copious. The woodland spread is in the area of 60 – 80%, lodging a dazing assortment of trees, blooms, wild creatures, fowls, fish and butterflies.

Trees of different sorts are found in various altitudinal extents, for which they are best adjusted. Between 1,000 – 2,000 m., the timberland spread is only of pine. The pine blooms in the middle of February and April, the seeds being shed in October. Pine trees are tapped for sap and their dry leaves utilized as excrement. The greatest pine tree in Asia, with a tallness of 60.5 m., is found at Khoonigad, in transit to Arakot from Mori.

Between 2,000 m – 3,000 m. are discovered timberlands of deodar, oak and rhododendron. Deodar (from the Sanskrit, deva – daru, divine – tree) is utilized for building sanctuaries. The wood from oak and rhododendron is used for rural actualizes while their leaves serve as cows fodder.

Past 3,000 m., woods of spruce, birch and fir are far reaching. The bark of the birch tree (bhojpatra) was utilized as a part of old times for recording original copies, some of which are still in astounding condition. Between 3,500 m-4,500 m. happen the bugyals, with a rich assortment of blooming bushes.

The bugyals are particularly noted for their wild blossoms, which cover the slope – sides for miles on end. Of these, the most wonderful is the uncommon blue poppy, of which Frank Smythe had this to say – “In all my mountain wanderings, I have not seen a more excellent Blossom”. Additionally called ‘hemkamal’ or snow lotus, its sleek – blue petals transmit peacefulness. Another commended bloom is the Brahmakamal, or ‘the lotus of Brahma. Often utilized for religious observances, this vast blossom is sweet – noticing and found in the higher achieves past 3,000 m. The blossoms of the Rhododendron family, red, pink or white, set slopes on fire in the middle of February and April. Syrup from the blossoms is amazingly divine, however a few assortments are poisonous. Several therapeutic herbs and plants are found at higher heights and in the valleys. Close Nelang town, broad tracts of padam can be found. The powdered wood of this bush is utilized for ‘havan’ purposes as a result of its scent. In the Dayara extent are discovered atish and guggool, utilized as a part of medication production. The smashed leaves of the Chiraita bush are accepted to expel fever in minutes. Another helpful plant is the Semru, which radiates a smooth substance that creates light when touched off.


The wildernesses and woods harbor a rich assortment of wild – life, a portion of the boss classifications of which are given beneath:

Among the cats found are the snow panther, panther, tiger, panther feline and civet feline. Of these, the most slippery is the snow panther, with a layer of pale cloudy dark.

Of the bear family, both the Himalayan Black Bear and Brown Bear are available. They are great tree climbers and can be very forceful when aggravated.

Among the elands, the most unmistakable are the bharal, serow, musk – deer yelping deer (kakar) and sambhar. The bharal is found at heights of around 3500m, for example, Nandanvan, and to a great degree is delicate and agile. The musk deer are being chased for musk – cases and are presently entirely uncommon.

Musk Deer

Among reptiles, a wide assortment of snakes are seen, a considerable lot of whom are adored as bother devtas. Another striking example is the screen reptile, a great 2ft. long, called goh or gumla in the neighbourhood vernacular.

Countless, for example, squirrels, marmots and rats, can be watched. Marmots are basic in the Har – Ki – Dun range, where their vicinity can be recognized by their high – pitched, chitterling voices. They store sustenance in their tunnels and sleep through winter.

The wide differing quality of flying creature – life is disseminated by elevation. Among the fowls found here are the kalij, kokla, chir and monal. The monal with its dazzling plumage of metallic green, flickering purple, startling red and plane – dark, is an incredible sight. It moves about in little gatherings and takes flight when one just about unearths it.

Among partridges, the Himalayan snow cockerel, kala titar and chakor are regularly located. The kala titar or dark partridge frequents bushes close developed area. The chakor cherishes open slope slants furthermore visits developed fields looking for grain. The pigeons and birds that occupy the zone are the harial, the fakta, and the malyo or blue rock pigeon. The harial is a yellowish – green feathered creature found in oak backwoods. The fakta is an extensive bird while the malyo has slaty dark shading with a metallic radiance.

The non – amusement flying creatures for the most part located are the jaybird, thrush, heaven fly – catcher, parakeet, brilliant oriole, sunbird and robin. The winged animals found close water courses are the chestnut scoop, plumbeous redstart, spotted fork – tail and wagtails. Different swifts, skylarks, swallows, songbirds, bulbuls, mynahs and other littler winged animals add to the rich flying creature – life of the region.

Fish are ample in just about lakes and streams, aside from at high height. Trout in Dodital and carp in Nachiketaal are in wealth. Additionally, the mahaseer, kalhana and goonch prowl in the shadowy profundities wherever stream – water gathers.