After the most picturesque drive of my life, I entered a "village" looking village. It looked just like any other village except for the fact it was amidst spectacular views. Just when we were parking, the driver said, "The people of Turtuk don't talk to strangers." I didn't travel this much to see scared faces giving me cold looks. I thought to myself. A little disappointed I was still looking forward to it. With no idea of how beautifully my disappointment will metamorphose into utter bliss.
Walking down the narrow alleys I saw faces with smiles plastered on them. That was such a relief. I was no more a reason for someone's discomfort. It made me happy and a little more uninhibited.
Turtuk is the northernmost village in India. Located in the Shyok river valley it is about 200 kilometers from Leh and about 3 hours drive from Hunder, Nubra. You can easily plan a one day trip from Nubra. A part of Pakistan till 1971, it was acquired by India in the 1971 war of liberation of Bangladesh. Extremely remote,it wasn't even open for tourists until 2009. It is the Indian administered part of the Baltistan region and the residents speak Balti, Ladakhi and Urdu.
Reasons why you need to lose yourself in the narrow alleys of this tiny heaven -
A drive through the most spectacular views
The drive from Hunder to Turtuk is a relief to the eyes. With the road dotted with absolute stunner views, you would want to stop every minute. It's a smooth ride with painting looking landscapes just following you, as if a part of your itinerary.