TURTUK, Tiny Paradise in Barren Landscapes of Ladakh
Turtuk, a less explored part of northern Ladakh, is located at the edge of Shyok river at the altitude of 9,846 feet above the sea level in the barren plateau of Nubra valley. It is the north most village which is 7 kms away from LoC.
Village Turtuk is situated at lower altitude as compared to other towns of Nubra valley, which makes it land of green lush pasture between the barren mountains. Because of this kind of geographical conditions, locals are totally based on agriculture and farming for their livelihood.
Apart from Buck wheat, apricots,apples, tomatoes, cauliflowers and cabbages grows in Turtuk seasonally.
One can easily find a different culture here because Turtuk was part of Baltistan, which was captured back by Indian Army in 1971 from Pakistan occupied kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistaan. Locals are very welcoming, warm and open for tourist and happily interact with everyone.
The villages has beautiful small and narrow streets and architecture inspired from Baltistanis, Afgans and Mughals. The Population is around 3500 with 500 families living in the region.
Parents pays special attention for the education. Each and every kid of village attends schools here.
Commonly spoken languages are Balti, Urdu and Hindi
Balti women are hardworking. They take care of children, most of them works in their own farms and fields, other works as labor at near by construction sites. Men take care of shreds and work as porters.
It is a remote area with accessibility issues. Turtuk receives barely 3 hours of electricity every evening. While that causes hardships to the people here, it also has a positive spin off. One can witness incredible views of a starry sky just by stepping out of one’s house.
It is truly a piece of paradise existing in a desolate, barren valley.