One can feel the love within the air the moment he reaches on the world’s highest plateau, enclosed by a range of vast mountains all around having beauty at its best possible. That’s Deosai, the land of divine giants situated in Gilgit Baltistan province of Pakistan.
Deosai is basically a combination of 2 words “Deo” means giant and “Sai” meaning shadow. Since a long time, it’s believed that this place is haunted by giants, therefore the name “The Land of the Giants” came into being. Deosai plains remain topped with snow for eight months however the remainder of the four months are like heaven on earth, when it presents colorful flowers and fresh shrubs on the entire plateau.
Deosai park a high alpine plateau region of exceptional beauty and ecological importance lies in the west of the Himalayan mountain range, east of Nanga Parbat peak and close to the Central Karakorum Range. This plateau, having an altitude of 3500-5200m, is a district of 3,58,400 hectares of flat, however, undulated plains broken by light hills and enclosed on all sides by mountains. This forms a distinction with several close sceneries consisting of lean valleys between steep mountains.
This plateau is characterized by an extremely cold environment having low oxygen, carbon dioxide quantity with lower atmospheric pressure and dryness due to intense UV sun rays. The Deosai plateau receives more frequent rains than the adjacent valleys of the north and northeast Baltistan. Because of the geographical position of the Deosai plain on the front side of the affected western Monsoon Himalayas. The annual precipitation ranges from 350 mm to 550 mm.
For the Deosai plains, you can begin your journey from Skardu to the Deossai plains in one hour, at an altitude of approximately 4700 meters. But your passion will peak when you cross Deosai from Chilam (south side), Skardu. Deosai plains are known for their unpredictable weather and the same is true for summers too.
Chilam is the entrance to Deosai National Park which marks the beginning of your epic tour. You can begin here with a lush, fertile plain having mountain trek. The plains are known for their silence and every now and then you can hear your own heart beating.
Sheosar Lake is your first milestone that attracts you and makes you overwhelmed with its calming peace and fascinating beauty. The lake is one of the world’s highest lakes. With snow-capped mountains in the background and greenery, the deep blue water and wildflowers in the foreground offer a view that seems to be out of this world.
The color of this lake that rapidly changes based on the changing surroundings is difficult to describe. It seems to be an illusion, the distance between the rocks and the lake. The shores have become a kind of wetland by draining lake water but the lake’s soil is stable enough for the jeep track. The tranquil water and exquisite Deosai flowers are one of the world’s most alluring and captivating glance to be experienced. It’s more than perfect, spiritual and above human knowledge. It wasn’t sufficient to absorb with five senses this beauty and you will need a sixth to completely grasp it your mind. On the rocks surrounded by green wetlands, next to a stream running water towards the shore, you’ll be able to gaze wild animals in the woods.
Having a wide variety of species including Tibetan wolf (Canis lupus chanco), Himalayan ibex (Capra ibex sibrica), Tibetan red fox (Vulpus vulpus montana) and Golden marmots (Marmota caudata), it is part of the Conservation International Himalayan Biodiversity Hotspot. The Deosai Plateau’s lakes are home to the nearby snow trout with immense proportions. The park lies inside the BirdLife International’s Western Himalaya Endemic Bird Area and is an important place for the rest and breeding of internationally important residential and migratory birds. Four main floristic components are inspired by Deosai’s flora, namely: Boreoalpine and Circumpolar; the Euro- Siberian; Southern European/ Mediterranean and Siberian- Mongolian and hundreds of different species of medicinal and aromatic plants. In the spring season, wildflowers and a wide range of rare butterflies cover it.
You can camp at Sheosar Lake or Barra Pain, which would be a wonderful experience. Yet Deosai has one of the most deadly mosquito species and appropriate measures should be taken to avoid problems. You’ll find a tuk shop for some tea and snacks on the top of the Deaosai plains at about~4700 meters. The residents are very friendly and sometimes ask visitors to come to their portable homes. And that’s really impressive because they living in difficult conditions offer visitors to rest with them.
Bara Pani looks just as the Cairo looks in the middle of the desert, in the dark night of Deosai. At that time you can experience many crowds, many tents, loud music, and noise, of course. Deosai’s silence disappears and all of the visitors lost chatting and singing around the campfire. The nights are very cold and adequate warm clothes should be with you to counter it. There seems everything meaningful in the dark when you saw so many stars, diamond clusters glittering in the night, leaving little room for darkness.
Deosai’s North area was just as lovely as the east. When you enter Skardu, the region became more rough and rigid to travel. The horizon then became brown and blue, the water of the great mountains of Sadparah Lake is blue and many beautiful and wonderful worlds were beyond those colors. For sure, in the sunset, Deosai looked more charming.
Nonetheless, Pakistan’s northern areas are the world’s wonderful tourism regions, and one’s soul gets delighted visiting this enchanting natural plateau. However, more steps should be taken to promote tourism and traveling here, so that this hub of natural biodiversity could be explored at its best.
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28 March, 2020