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Turtuk is a small village located in Nubra Valley region of Ladakh, on the banks of Shyok River. It is the northernmost villages in India lying very close to the India Pakistan border, in the Baltistan region. Turtuk is an unexplored and offbeat place, opened to tourists only in 2010. There isn't much to do in Turtuk apart from trekking and visiting the 2 monasteries and the Royal House. The picturesque village with its tiny houses and fields is surreal. It remains cut off from Ladakh for 6 months during winter.
The upper area of this village is what the actual Turtuk was decades ago, and later on, it expanded to the lower region. Notably, the Turtuk Village covers three areas, namely - Chutang, Yul, and Farol. Chutang is the area right next to Shyok River. It is the village center today, where the local school and health center are situated, and all the educational and cultural activities are organized. Yul is the lush green area where most of the farming takes place, and it is the oldest part of Turtuk. Lastly, Farol is the area encompassing most of the guest houses in Turtuk, and you will have to cross a wooden bridge to reach here. Farol features buckwheat fields, and visitors can also view the K2 peak from here, the second-highest peak in the world after Mount Everest.
There is a museum nestled in the upper part of this village and has a charming two-storied structure featuring four small rooms with old-style low-heightened roofs & small windows. The owner of this heritage house cum museum offers its guided tour with great passion providing insights into Turtuk's past. The charm of Turtuk is its people and culture. It is one of the few places in India to experience the Balti culture as Turtuk is one of the four Baltistani villages under India's control. The rest are controlled by Pakistan. The postcard village houses a few homestays and guesthouses with locals welcoming tourists with warmth.
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