The second highest plateau of the world is spread over an area of 1200 Sq Mi. and it is located in the Astore district of the Gilgit Baltistan province of Pakistan. The territory is known as Deosai National Park, the land of giants which remains a snow-bound bailiwick in the chilling winters. The trailblazers love to explore the heavenly and astounding plains of Deosai in summer when they are accessible. The land of giants comes across the western massif of the great Himalayas and the middlemost of the inordinate Karakoram.
Deosai plains are designated in 1993 as a protected area and it is a treeless reservation which is named as Deosai National Park. The baffling wilderness of Deosai is home of the Himalayan brown bear which is the largest omnivore of Pakistan. The number of the Himalayan brown bear is critically decreased due to the illegal hunting and poaching. They love to eat grasses, roots and other plants as well as insects and small mammals but sometimes they can also prey cattle.
Deoasi plains are also famous as the natural habitat of spectacular Himalayan marmot that lives in form of colonies and has a unique chocolate-brown coat with contrasting yellow patches on its face and chest. Overall the fauna of Deosai National Park consists of more than 150 wild species and migratory birds. The most noteworthy of them are Snow-leopard, Golden Eagle, Himalayan Ibex, Gray wolf and Lammergeier.
Deosai plains are home of the fantastic plants that have amazing quality to bear the severity of the freezing weather. Every year in the start of June, the Deosai plains are embellished with countless natural flowers that spread their intoxicated aroma in the whole atmosphere. This is impossible to elaborate the wonderful variety of the flora of Deosai which comprises hundreds of alpine plants. The lush green meadows of Deosai present an ultimate scenic view, when the flowers are in full bloom in spring.
One of the marvelous features of Deosai plains is the dazzling Sheosar Lake which means “Blind Lake” and it is located in the Deosai national park. Sheosar lake is considered as one of the highest elevated lakes in the world having a length of 2.3 kilometers and a width of 1.8 kilometers along with an average depth of about 40 meters (130 ft).
Deosai National Park, the land of giants and Deosai National Park can be accessed via two routes. One is through Skardu City and the second through Astore District.The road from Astore starts from Chilum, continues through the plains and is asphalt road till the main lake before climbing to Deosai. The route from Skardu is via an unpaved road which can be hiked in two days. By jeep it is only a matter of hours.