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Thalay Valley is in Ghanche, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan, on the bank of Shyok River, The Shyok River meets Indus River at Keris about 30 kilometers west of Thalay. Thalay is 16 large and small mohallah: Daltir, Chundu, Tassu, Harangus, Parangghus, Haltagari, Yarkhur, Daltir, Gagurik, Baltoro, Burdas, etc. House Valley is to the east, Karis Valley to the west, Shiger Valley to the north and Daghini/Balghar are located to the south. Thalay Valley is 40km. away on the northwest from the district headquarters Ghanche (Gilgit Baltistan), and 110km from Skardu city and situated at 2,647m above sea level and falls in the single cropping zone. The main occupation is agriculture.
Deosai National Park-The roof of the world is the sublime beauty of Pakistan. It is nearly 40 miles drive from the City of Skardu. Deosai is situated at 4000 meters elevation. It is often quoted as “The Roof of the World”. It is a second highest plateau in the world after Tibet. Deosai is famous tourist destinations. Many tourists including local and foreigners love the serenity of the place. It is gathered in small glacial mountains with crystal clear waters springing out of them. Deosai is renowned for its Himalayan Brown Bear. According to the Himalayan Wildlife Foundation research during 1993 only 19 Himalayan Brown were alive and their population is continuously diminishing. Deosai is home to various rare species such as Markhore, Brown Bear, Marco Polo sheep, Deers, and original Eagles. Apart from its beautiful exotic locations, it contains riches of various rare species of natural Herbs only contained in Deosai due to its climate. For the survival of Himalayan Brown Bears, Deosai National Park was established in 1993 that took various steps for the stability of Wildlife. The efforts by Pakistan government and WWF (World Wildlife Foundation) paid off and soon after the decade of establishing the park there was a visible increase in the Himalayan Brown Bears. In 1993, there were only 19 brown bears and after a decade it increases to 40. As it is a fact that reproduction of Brown Bear is quite slow as compared to other species. Additionally, the female bears are unable to produce cub unless they are 8 eight years old and after that, it produces a single cub. The cub sticks to his mother for almost 5 years, while it is with her she will never make again. So the slow and steady process of reproduction of Brown Bears need very attention and somehow various initiative took by the authorities became productive. Furthermore, in Deosai Plains and National Park, you will witness some of the rare species Himalayan ibex, red fox, and golden marmot locally called phia, grey wolf, the Ladakh Uriel, the snow leopard. Moreover, over 124 resident and immigrating birds like the golden eagle, lammergeyer, griffon vulture, lager falcon, peregrine falcon, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, and snowcock are also the inhabitants of Deosai. As the population of humans are ever growing in the World this remote place has got its adverse effect. Earlier in the years, only a few nomads not more than one dozen used to visit Deosai plains but now their numbers have really increased. Nomads are coming with a large number of cattle and sheep for the search of Food. This surge in human traffic has really increased troubles for nature as well as animals who inhabit there. The scarcity of food is alarming and due to food shortage, many animals are having a tough time even they are dying in such conditions. Local authorities are paying no attention and hence increased the danger for wildlife. The vast plains of Deosai is a miracle on earth, where you can find only the ear-shattering beauty of Creator. Pakistan Tour and Travel has learnt that Himalayan Wildlife Foundation is trying to lay down a new plan for preservation of wildlife and prevention hunting in Deosai plains as well.
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