Ladakh is known as one of the highest coldest desert but Turtuk is completely opposite of that image. After traveling 200+ kms from Leh we reached this lush green villege, situated at beautiful location, Shyok river on one side, huge waterfall right in the middle of the villege.
Turtuk was under Pakistani control until the war of 1971, when the Indian Army captured the village. It is just 2.5 km away from the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.
The village is beyond beautiful, so are the people. People, even kids were greeting us, asking about us. They were so kind to offer us apples Apricots for free. A kid showed us around. We visited heritage house which was 300 years old and almost spent the evening listening stories of Turtuk, the war, the culture, it's people. I was amazed by simplicity yet richness of thoughts in people of Turtuk.
I was extremely sad leaving from this place, an evening was just not enough for place this beautiful. Turtuk word comes from balti language which means "the feeling of wanting to stay" and that's exactly what I was feeling. 🥺