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The Deosai plateau, covering an area of over 400 sq.kms, all of it is above 4000m is uniquely beautiful region.
In China, the word translates literally as ‘giants bode’, and it isn’t hard to see how a landscape of such a massive scale could have inspired stories of giants. In local language (Balti), the region is known as Bhear Sar, meaning ‘place of flowers’, an apt description during summer. The Deosai is at its best from mid-July to end of September. While the weather can be glorious in daytime during this period, the temperature drops dramatically ay night, and can also turn nasty very quickly, which intense windstorms often sweeping across the plateau.
The plateau is home to the Himalayan Brown Bear (Ursus arctos Isabellinus), a species of bear unique to this part of the world. Other mammals include the Golden Marmot (in large numbers), Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Red Fox, Himalayan Ibex, Ladakh Urial and various small rodents, including voles and shrews. Reptiles include lizards such as the Himalayan Agma, Ground Skink and Glacial Skink. The unique snow carp are found in the Deosai rivers. This region also home to some Snow Leopards and Musk Deer, particularly among birch and juniper forests. The recently discovered Alpine Toad looks set to qualify as a separate species. The plateau provides spring and summer breeding grounds for many of Pakistanis birds, including the Himalayan Golden Eagle, Lammergeier (bearded vulture), northern Hobby (a falcon), Kestrel and Long-legged Buzzard, as well as larks, wagtails, warblers and sand plovers. It also lies on the flight path a number of migratory birds which can be seen from late September to mid-October on their return from central Asia to the plains of the subcontinent. Species include the Osprey, Damoselle Crane, Little Trunk, Great Black-headed Gull and ducks such as the Common Teal, Pintail, Shoveller, and Marganzer. More than 40 spices of plants and grasses are found on the Deosai, including colorful flowers such as Aconitum, Rheum, Iris, Astragalus ad Spiraea.
There is also a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants, including Ginger, Primula, Geranium, Mint, Artemesia, Rubus and Barberry. At lower altitude on the peripheries wild rose is found, as well as trees such as Juniper, Blue Pines, Spruce, Penciul Cedar, White Birch, Himalayan Poplar and Chinese Salix.
Islamabad International Airport
Subject to your flight schedule
Arrival at Islamabad international airport, transfer to centrally located hotel/guest house. In the afternoon site seeing of twin cities (Islamabad & Rawalpindi), visit modern mosque Shah Faisal, Doman-e-koh, Shakarparian hills, Lok Versa, Modern markets (Jinnah supper & super markets), Raja Bazaar, Cant area etc. O/N stay in hotel
This morning, we will start our journey (5-6 hrs drive) toward the mountain kingdom of North Pakistan on the famous Karakorum Highway/ancient silk route. En route visit Taxila Museum (1-hour drive). The modern town of Taxila is 35 km from Islamabad. Most of the Archeological Sites at Taxila (600 B.C-500 A.D) are located around Taxila Museum. For over 1000years, Taxila remained famous of as a center of learning in respect of Gandhara Art of Sculpture, education, and Buddhism in the days of Buddhist glory. There are over 50 archeological sites scattered in a radius of 30 km around Taxila. Some of the most important sites include Dharmarajika, Stupa, and Monastery (300 B.C – 200 A.D), Bhir Mound (600-200 B.C) Sirkap (200 B.C – 600 A.D, Jundial Temple (250 B.C), and Julian Monastery (200-600 A.D). After our visit, we continue our drive, en route we will stop for a cup of Pakistani tea and toilet break. O/N stay at the hotel.
Following breakfast, 4×4 ride (50 minutes each from Shogran) to beautiful Seri Paye for panoramic views. You will come back to shogran and continue another 2 hours car drive to Naran. Night stay will be at hotel Northern Retreat which is quite newly build hotel.
Following breakfast, you will drive for an hour each way to beautiful saiful Maluk Lake (walking, horse riding & boating on self-payment). After spending few hours at lake, you will drive down to Naran and continue our drive to Lalazaar plateau. In the evening we will back to Naran walking along the river or bazaar will be optional. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel.
A spectacular ascend on jeeps to Babusar Pass (4173m) provides views of whole Kaghan Panorama. Drive steep down hill for 50kms to Chilas and join Karakorum Highway till confluence of Astore valley road. Across KKH and Indus River through Astore gorge to beautiful Rama at (3480m).
Today’s drive will be a life-time memory of driving through a treeless wilderness at 4000m, knee deep in summer grass with beautiful wild flowers, whistling marmots and grazing yaks. Descend down through narrow Satpara gorge to the deep blue Satpara Lake.
Morning till afternoon, we will visit skardu include khapochu fort, walking on sand dunes of Skardu and local bazaars. Later, we will drive to Khaplo and en route we will make several photo stops. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel.
Morning, we will visit Khaplo Palace, old mosque and later we will drive to Talish Village in Hushe Vallay to view Amazing Masherbrum Peak. Around late noon, we will drive back to Skardu for accommodation.
We will leave hotel in the morning and drive for an hour to Shangrila, we will spend couple of time in shangrila resort and then we will continue our drive along the Indus river to Chilas. En route we will make several interesting photography of Indus canyons, Nanga Parbat view point, junction point of three highest mountain ranges, tea and toilet breaks. We will reach hotel in chilas around evening, after check-in dinner will be served.
Following breakfast, we will have an adventurous 10-11 hours drive to Islamabad with magnificent panorama of the mighty Indus River, squeezed between high cliffs of the Himalaya Mountain ranges fighting its way through deep gorges.
You will be transferred to Islamabad International Airport. From peace and serenity of Hunza to the hustle and bustles of “modern” trends, you say Khuda Hafiz, the typical farewell, as you depart after a tour into Shangri-La. End of the tour.
This is an excellent for Family and / or for holidays. Thanks Karim Sab.
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