Deosai Plains

Deosai is the combination of two words ‘Deo’ (giant) and ‘Sai’ (shadow). For centuries, it is believed that this place is haunted by giants, thus the name ‘The Land of the Giants’ came into being. The weather in quite unpredictable here, sometimes it starts snowing in summer. Sunlight and clouds seem to play hide and seek here, with the sun shining one minute, and overcast in next. This area remained uncrossable for ages due to abundance of variety of wildlife here. Icy winds, thunderstorms, and presence of wildlife make it impossible to dwell here even in this age, that’s why Deosai is mostly uninhabited. Deosai has a deafening silence, a silence spanning over centuries. The silence is so deep that one can hear his own heartbeat, unless a marmot’s whistle fills the valley. Deosai is located on the boundary of Karakoram and the western Himalayas, and at no point it is less than 4000 meters above sea level that makes Deosai the 2nd Highest Plateau in the world. It remains covered with snow for 8 months. The rest of the year, it hosts a range of beautiful flowers of all hues and colours, but not a single tree is found in this plateau spread over 3000 sq. km. Deosai is also known as the sanctuary for Himalayan Brown Bear. Seeing brown bear with its cubs is a scene that everyone dreams to see in Deosai. Its been known to photographed far deeper into Deosai. Famous camping sites are Sheosar Lake and Barapani.

Getting There

Shangrilla Lake is located at a drive of about 20 minutes from Skardu. Remains accessible throughout the year. All kinds of vehicles can access the Lake. Autumn is the most favourite season among the tourists.

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