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Enchanting Colors of Gilgit-Baltistan: A Magical Journey


If you ever visit this region, try plucking a flower; it might rain. If it does, it would indeed be a miraculous act of nature.

Return from Kachura Lake Enchanting

After returning from Kachura Lake, we were so exhausted that we fell asleep immediately. The next morning, we woke up and began preparing for our planned visit to Sadpara Lake and then Deosai Plains.

Planning the Motorcycle Journey

We planned to travel to an altitude of 14,000 feet by motorcycle, which, as expected, would be risky but incredibly enjoyable. Tourists and locals usually use heavy motorcycles, but only one person rides each bike to make the ascent easier. We decided to do something different and opted for a double ride.

Routes to Deosai

There are two routes to Deosai. One goes through Skardu city, a 35-kilometer journey, while the other heads to Deosai from the Astore side. Most tourists plan their trips so that they visit Hunza, then proceed to Astore, Deosai, and finally Skardu, or they visit Skardu first and then travel through Deosai to Astore to complete their tour in less time.

Fishing in Deosai

We also planned to fish in Deosai, for which we packed a fishing net, a cylinder, and other necessary items like oil, a knife, utensils, spices, salt, and wood. Due to the high altitude, the oxygen level is low, making it difficult to light a cylinder. Hence, if the cylinder failed, we could use wood to fry the fish.

Journey to Sadpara Lake Enchanting

We started our journey on the motorcycle and first reached the Sadpara Dam. Sadpara Lake is situated at an altitude of 8,500 feet above sea level. The name Sadpara is derived from the Balti language, meaning ‘seven gates.’ Mountains surround the lake on both sides. In the past, this lake was called Sadpara ‘Zho.’ ‘Zho’ is a Balti word meaning lake. The water in this lake comes from the melting snow of Deosai and other mountains. This water then flows through streams and rivers, irrigating the lower-lying areas before merging into the Indus River through Shugharthing, Hargisa Nala, New Ranga, Maqpoon Shahr, and Sundus regions.

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