Deosai Plains

by - August 22, 2014

There are a number of organized tours that go to Deosai nowadays. Back when I went, it was not the case and Deosai was a tad bit difficult to reach. Deosai, etymologically speaking means "Land of Giants" and is perhaps the second highest plateau in the world (we tend to get 2nds mostly...2nd highest peak and 2nd highest plateau...).
The plateau itself is called the Deosai National Park - it is above the tree line and at an average height of 13,500 feet above sea level covers a vast area of almost 3,000 square kilometers. Between November and May - Deosai is snow-bound and hence, closed for you and me.
 
 In the summer months, it is accessible from Skardu in the north and the Astore Valley in the west (There is a separate post on Astore). It is also the home of the Himalayan brown bear that once roamed the mountains freely. I did not see the bear however when I visited the place.
SIGHTS TO SEE:
  • Sheosar Lake- rich blue, offering beautiful views of peaks and a panoramic view of Deosai Plains.
  • Squirrel-like creatures called golden marmots. Very cute.
  • Flowers-lots and lots of flowers
  • Pretty Pathan children that should grace the cover of Nat Geo magazines

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