07 Aug Deosai National Park-The Roof of Pakistan
Deosai National Park is the amalgamation of two words ‘Deo’ (giant) and ‘Sai’ (shadow). For decades, there is myth that this place is haunted by giants, thus the name ‘The Land of the Giants’ came into being. The weather in deosai national park is 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.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Deosai is positioned on the boundary of Karakoram and the western Himalayas, and at no point it is less than 4000 meters above sea level. It is mostly covered with snow for 8 months. The rest of the year, it hosts a range of beautiful flowers of all hues and colours, but you won’t find any tree in this plateau spread over 3000 sq. km.
There are multiple springs in Deosai, beaming with trout fish serving as food for locals and bears alike. 5000 meter high mountains in the backdrop, wildlife spreading in these mountains, clouds so low that one can almost touch them, Himalayan Golden eagles flying between the clouds, and a feminist fragrance in the atmosphere which probably is a mixture of brown bears, red foxes, white tigers, and naughty marmots — this is the real beauty of Deosai.
A mountain road from Skardu Bazaar elevates to the Sadpara village. From this scenic curvy road, Sadpara lake seems so beautiful, that the onlookers forget to even blink. Soon comes the Sadpara village, where the local children have conspired with the nature to stop the pick and drop service vehicles. A spring flowing through the road has broken it, slowing down the cars, and as soon as a vehicle slows down, local children stop them to sell cherries and other local fruits.
When the village is left behind, the road becomes unbalanced, and increasing height puts pressure on your ears. High mountains on one side, and depths on the other side — it is enough to stop the heartbeat of first-time visitor. But when you are done with the journey, such a scene awaits you, which can neither be described in words, nor can it be entirely captured in photographs.