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2005 Earthquake
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An enigmatic place on earth is located above the tree line at an elevation from 7,000 to 13,500 feet above sea level. The Astore Valley is encircled by the great Himalayan Mountains and is in close proximity to the magnificent Karakoram Range. This undulated mountainous valley is peripheral area of the Deosai National Park, where the spectacular variety of unique species of flora and fauna thrive.
This has been the home of the Himalayan ibex, golden marmot, Tibetan wolf, Tibetan red fox, the Ladakh urial, the snow leopard and the Himalayan brown bear. The landscape is covered with wildflowers that make the slopes radiant with bright colors throughout the summer. Its enthralling beauty mesmerizes the viewers and catches the attention of tourists. This amazing and unique valley possesses the astonishing historical road to the Srinagar.
An appalling feature of the valley has always been the destruction caused by nomadic and local shepherds during their 2-3 months of pasturing. There is no human habitation in Deosai National Park, due to its unpredictable harsh weather, and high altitude and isolation.