Must Visit Places in Astore Valley
Astore Valley, full of nature and scenery is one of the biggest and most beautiful valleys in Gilgit Baltistan Region consisting of more than 100 villages on the north side of Nanga Parbat. The Valley is comprised of the Huge Mountains, Meadows, Deosai Plains and Lakes. Its total length estimated is about 120KM. It takes around two hours’ drive from Jaglot where three Mighty Mountains Ranges Merge on KKH to reach Astore. This pictorial and scenic valley after traveling through huge mountainous paths is worth visiting. Astore Valley has numerous spots to visit. Tourists can plan a 10-15days tour to explore the whole valley. Some of the spots are described here briefly.
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A perfect Place to Mingle with Nature | Rama Meadows & Lake
Who won’t like to see a green pasture with snow covered mountains in the background and roaming castles as beautiful as in a picture? Yes, I am talking about Rama Meadows. A captivating place in Astore valley. Rama Meadows also Known as Rama Valley has charm in its own. A road from Astore Bazar leads to Rama Meadows after half an hour’s drive. This is a bumpy road, so low floored vehicles are not recommended. Good family motels are there in Rama Meadows where you can stay overnight with family safely. Elevation of Rama Valley is said to be around 3300Meter above sea level, which is a cause of cold weather throughout the year with a very pleasant and splendid summer. Some parts of the Valley Receive 6feet snow fall in winter.
Further trekking for about one to two hours takes you to the beautiful Rama Lake. As compared to Rama Meadows, area of the Lake is lesser forested but encloses its beauty in shiny crystal water.
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View of Nanga Parbat in Tarishang Valley
Along with Nature this valley is full of adventure too. Nanga Parbat, known to be “The Killer Mountain” is also viewable from this valley. Rupal Face Nanga Parbat Base camp is accessible from this side. On Astore-Skardu road, a jeep able trek leads towards Tarishang Valley. This valley is the Nanga Parbat View Point. From here view of Nanga Parbat is three times greater than the View from Fairy Meadows side. You can trek to Rupal face Base Camp from here. Click here to read more about Nanga Parbat.
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Route used for India and China trade in ancient times | Burzil Pass
Another adventure in the valley is Burzil Pass, which is an ancient pass between Srinagar and Gilgit. Folks used to travel through this pass till Indo-Pak Separation. Another importance of this pass is that Astore River Originates from its west slope. This pass Lies near the border of Pakistan with India (LOC) so it remains closed and security is high alert. A road from Chillam (Astore-Skardu road) leads to this pass. At Chillam there is a security check post under the supervision of Pak Army. You have to take permission from them to move further towards pass.
A piece of Heaven | Minimarg
Moving further from Burzil Pass will lead you to a heaven on Earth “Minimarg”. This small village is in the territory of Neelum Valley Azad Kashmir. This area is totally under control of Pakistan Army. So permissions are necessary. This small village is full of lush green meadows with mountainous pictorial backgrounds.
Charming Rainbow Lake is also situated in this area… Keep moving on “Minimarg-Domail road” will take you to the Rainbow Lake this lovely and stunning lake is only one of its kind. But Special Army Permissions are required to visit there.
(Note: Area from Burzil Pass to Rainbow Lake and further is high security alert. Tourists may or may not get the permissions to visit these depending on the circumstances inside the area. So, if you plan to visit there confirm the current situation.)
The Land of Giants | Deosai
Final destination in the area is Deosai | wordily means “Land of Giants”. The beauty of this area has no words to define. From Astore moving towards Skardu road for about 6-7 hours on 4×4, you will reach Deosai. Summers are surprisingly pleasant and winters are extreme. Snow fall starts in mid-September.
This place has no residence facilities. So you can enjoy camping for overnight stay. Major attractions in this area are Sheosar Lake, Bara Pani Bridge, Kala Pani and Deosai national Park which was built to protect the survival of Himalyan Brown Bear.Follow Us on Twitter!
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