DEOSAI LAND OF THE GIANT PDF

I had dreamed of being on Deosai since Eventually got there in the summer of It was every bit like the descriptions I had read in 19th century travel and exploration literature: a vast open treeless expanse rolling in every direction until it ran into the rocky crags on its periphery. I was hooked.

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Imagine a hundred and seventy two different varieties of flowers on an endless plateau that stretches for miles in every direction. Imagine a pristine, aquamarine stream cutting through. Imagine yourself at the centre of an enormous crown of white, majestic mountains, levitating over a bed of clouds. This dream, popularly known as Deosai, is the second highest plateau in the world and only four hours north of Islamabad via plane and jeep.

Considering the fate of several hill resorts that look more like pastries and less like peaceful retreats , promoting Deosai becomes a tricky proposition because nothing could be more tragic than its unregulated development. And while tourism may not be a priority for our leaders, especially when basic health, energy, education and security needs are still far from being met, Deosai and its adjoining areas have ample and appropriate infrastructure to support a significant surge in domestic tourism.

Satpara, one of the highest lakes in Pakistan was once a popular tourist attraction around Deosai. After a recent hydel project, Satpara is now also a main source of power for the people of Skardu the only major town around Deosai and that means no power outages. Still, even with uninterrupted amenities, the city is far from buzzing. Tourist activity has progressively dwindled in Skardu because Gilgit-Baltistan — home to a majority of our natural wonders, including Deosai — is geographically contiguous to and often associated with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a state that has now long been mired in conflict.

This adds an altogether new dimension to the issue of promoting Deosai and its adjoining areas. When I last visited Satpara to sample the highly sought after trout of the region, the restaurant by the edge of the lake was abandoned.

After a considerable amount of time, chairs and tables were dragged out from storage while the chef himself boarded a motorboat with fishing paraphernalia to go find us lunch! Amongst the many attractions around Deosai, the restaurant at Satpara is one of the more popular stops for tourists. Yet it struggles. There are a plethora of other small businesses that are not as popular and in the absence of tourist traffic, it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to survive.

The irony is, that unlike other beautiful valleys in Gilgit-Baltistan that are too narrow to entertain jet planes, aerial entry into Skardu is wide enough for a Boeing This could obviously change if we used mass mediums to showcase Gilgit-Baltistan as a secure province for foreigners, and at the same time promoted its natural wonders to domestic tourists. In an ideal world, the plan is flawless, but if we are unable to develop our northern areas in harmony with their natural environments, then we must not develop them at all.

Regulated, responsible and aesthetically sound development is the real challenge; indeed, losing our only significant natural heritage to heightened tourist traffic is not an option. Arab countries report new coronavirus cases, deaths. In Deosai, it is heart warming to see that a handful of people still care about the environment. These brave men have set camp next to a major water stream that cuts across the plain and they are the de facto guardians of the plateau.

When temperatures fall below zero after night falls, they huddle up in a fabricated, fiberglass igloo. They traverse the plains to sight bears and to share the experience with the odd tourist. When I last visited Deosai, I promised the Wildlife team hats and nets for protection from the blistering sun and mosquitoes. In retrospect today, I think they could use a lot more than just a net and hat to keep Deosai spotless in the years ahead. It must be understood in its most absolute form and promoted within the bounds of its natural environment.

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Deosai Plains: The Land of Giants

I first came across the name "Land of the Giant" in a blog post. It had never occurred to me before that Deosai could have anything to do with a deo giant. I decided to embark on a trip hoping to spot the giant s that inhabit this beautiful plateau above 4, metres. Stocked with six omelette- paratha rolls I hoped they would be enough to last me for my two-day camping trip in Deosai. I was glad I didn't need to carry any water as Deosai has ample fresh water springs though I had never imagined that dirty diapers would greet me at one of these. If that wasn't bad enough, plastic bottles and wrappers were liberally scattered across the beautiful plateau.

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Deosai: The land of giants

The first time I visited Deosai , I only got a chance to travel through half of it. At m above the sea level, the Land of Giants is affiliated with the supernatural in local culture and literature, and to me, the plateau does seem like paradise. Travelling from the town of Astore on a 4x4 jeep towards Deosai National Park, I stopped at Gorikot for a lunch of red beans daal lobia and thick beef gravy. After this, the ride was so peaceful that I rested back in my seat and savoured the view. A bluish-green river was flowing on my right, and I remembered how upon first seeing it, I had been reminded of the Neelum River in Azad Kashmir. Some of this water is indeed being fed by the glaciers of Kashmir.

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Deosai National Park

The Deosai National Park is a high-altitude alpine plain plateau and national park in the Northern Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is well known for its rich flora and fauna of the Karakoram-West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe eco region. In spring, it is covered by sweeps of wildflowers and a wide variety of butterflies. Deosai is accessible from Skardu District in the north, Galtari Kharmang District in the south-east and the Astore District in the west. Most foreigners visit Deosai via Skardu. It takes one hour to reach Deosai top via Sadpara Skardu. Another route is from Astore valley via Chilim.

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Deosai - The Land of giants - Deosai National Park

Imagine a hundred and seventy two different varieties of flowers on an endless plateau that stretches for miles in every direction. Imagine a pristine, aquamarine stream cutting through. Imagine yourself at the centre of an enormous crown of white, majestic mountains, levitating over a bed of clouds. This dream, popularly known as Deosai, is the second highest plateau in the world and only four hours north of Islamabad via plane and jeep.

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