Deosai Plains – World’s second highest alpine plains

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Deosai Plains or deosai national park, is a 70 x 30 km plain between Astore and Skardu. It is one of the highest large plains in the world at a height of 13700 feet above sea level. The word ‘Deosai’ means ‘the Shadow of the Giant’

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If you’re fond of adventure and some of the most spectacular views called the roof of the world and this place has everything. The best time to visit is between 15 July to 15 August when the wild flowers used to at peak blossom.

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How to Reach

From Astore, one has to reach up to Chillam Chowky where one enters the Deosai Plain. Right in the beginning, there is a lake. The SheoSar, which literally means ‘blind lake’ because the exit of water from the lake was considered hidden.
The total crossing may take many hours. 3 to 4. Or longer. But the track across the plain is pretty much levelled, gravel type road, with easy crossings. A 4WD is recommended but not essential.

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From Skardu it takes about four hours drive to reach Shosar lake at the end of Deosai Valley. Warm clothes recommended and one can feel getting heavy breathed quickly as it is around 12000 to 13000ft.


The most interesting feature is the flowing water through the plain. In good old days the vehicles used to cross the water struggling to fight the flow and the obstacles in the rivers. Now, bridges have been built over the rivers. However, I personally believe that these bridges, made of concrete have spoiled the beauty of the region.

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Wild Life

There are many endangered species of animals like Brown Bear, white Leopards and Markhoors found at Deosai Valley.

Brown bear, that are usually far away from the road and from the tourist traffic. People interested in watching bears have to detour and go sideways quite a long way. However, in winter, these bear come quite near the areas occupied by humans.

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A few tent hotels have cropped up here and there. However, solid construction is prohibited in the area because the government has declared this a national park

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