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Travel Ladakh Turtuk

The village of Changmar, with the strategic bridge over the Shayok River. According to Wikitravel: “The area of the Shayok river past Hundar, including the three villages of Changmar, Bogdan and Turtuk, were only opened to foreign tourists in 2010, so they are still quite new in their contact with tourists and the West, and feel rather unexplored.”

Turtuk - the last beautiful frontier

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