These lines of Wordsworth came into my mind when I reached Deosai Plains after a long travel through mountains, valleys, lakes, and hills.
A thought just provoked my mind as Wordsworth wrote these lines for Deosai Plains.
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.
– William Wordsworth
Deosai Plains are now best acknowledged for auxiliary the major brown bear population in Pakistan.
Deosai is the combination of two words ‘Deo’ (giant) and ‘Sai’ (shadow). For centuries, it is believed that this place is haunted by giants.
Deosai Plains have a deafening silence, a silence spanning over centuries.
You can travel to there in only between July and November. The reason is for the eight months it remains covered with snow. During accessible period, you can see beautiful flowers with bright colors, but not a single tree is found in this highland extended over 3000 sq. km.
Deosai Plains are sited on the edge of Karakoram and the western Himalayas. It is reachable from two sides; Astore valley and Skardu Valley. Its 50km drive from Skardu City and 70km from Astore City.
Car riders are better to travel via Astore as road is better there relatively metaled and less sharp.
The weather in quite volatile here, occasionally it starts snowing in summer. Sunshine and clouds seem like playing hide and seek here, with the sun brilliant one minute, and cloudy in next.
Also See: Fascinating Kumrat Valley (Upper Dir)
Famous camping sites are Sheosar Lake and Barapani.