Turtuk – the Nothern-most Village in India, Ladakh by Saurabh Chatterjee

During one of my trips to Ladakh last year, I got an opportunity to go to  Turtuk – the Northern-most village of India. This was my second trip to the place after 5 years.

Turtuk was under Pakistan’s control till 1971, but later was taken oven by India. Turtuk is also famous for its vicinity to the Siachen Glacier, the largest glacier in the Indian Subcontinent.

After a long day from Leh via Nubra valley, we reached there at about 4pm. We decided to take a walk in the village. We climbed a steep way on a hill and was surprised to see a vast stretch of plateau with fields and some houses as well.

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We could see K2 peak, (also known as Mount Godwin-Austen) – the second highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest. Its located on the China-Pakistan border.

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The village is located on the banks of the meandering Shyok river.

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The residents of the place belong to an ethnic community – Baltistani and they follow Islam. They speak Urdu and Ladakhi as well.

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The bridge between the villages of Youl and Pharol.

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We walked down to the village after ascending the mountain and made friends with these naughty girls.

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The Balti people have distinctive facial features and are different from the Ladakhis.

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There are several memorials in the village to pay homage to the soldiers who were instrumental during the war with Pakistan.

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A Village school teacher.

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It was evening and time to go back to our hotel, relax and prepare for another awesome day.


Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.

This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.
He strives to ‘make every camera-owner a great photographer through his Photography workshops and Photo Tours and Photowalks.

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