Turtuk is a picturesque border village in Ladakh, very close to the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. During the 1971 war with Pakistan, the Indian Army recaptured the village from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Today, it is the last inhabited frontier before the border, inhabited by Balti Muslims who cultivate wheat, buckwheat, apricots and tomatoes in the fertile soil churned by the tributaries of the turbulent Shayok River, itself a headspring of the mighty Indus. Turtuk, a gruelling nine-hour drive from the district capital Leh, was opened to tourism in 2010. The region is a part of Ladakh’s Nubra Valley, accessible to Indian citizens and foreign nationals with an Inner Line Permit.
Yahoo! reader NISHCHAYA BAHUGUNA invites you to enjoy the captivating landscape of Turtuk.
Also read his travelogue: In Turtuk, only smiles are sweeter than apricots