If you are an adventurist by heart and still have not visited Turtuk, you have definitely lost something.
Turtuk surely makes it worth visiting destination for everyone at least once. Turtuk is a very attractive hilly area, snuggled between the Karakoram range, it is one of the northernmost villages of India. Known as the village divided by a border, Turtuk is located on the bank of Shayok, a tributary of the river Indus. Turtuk opened its door to curious wanderers in 2010.
Here are some reasons you should stop wasting time and take a trip to Turtuk.
1)Different Culture from the rest of Ladakh.
The Baltis are nonetheless predominantly Muslim yet they preserve many cultural developments of pre-Islamic Bön and Tibetan Buddhist rituals inside their society, making them a completely unique demographic among Indian Muslims. If you want to diversify your trip then visiting Turtuk will make your excursion unique and inclusive. You will get the opportunity to interact with the scarce Balti community. Balti people are generous and loving.
2)Different landscape than the rest of Ladakh.
Turtuk is surrounded on all sides by high mountain peaks. You can have sight of snow on the peaks even during summer. River Shyok flows between the mountains creating a unique scenery that is further adorned by the Turtuk village which is situated half on a hillock and half along the river. The village is itself divided into three sections. Chutang is a new settlement by the river bank. Yul – the oldest part of the village is densely populated and last and also the most scenic of the three is Pharol with open buckwheat fields spreading as far as the horizon.
3)Moderate climate as compared to Leh city.
Since Turtuk is at a height of around 3,000 meters which is nearly 500 meters less than Leh city you will surely feel the difference. As you climb a mountain, you can expect the air temperature to decrease by 6.5 degrees C for every 1000 meters you climb. This is called the standard (average) lapse rate. Turtuk yields two crops a year which is rare for a village with such altitude. Barley and Buckwheat are grown one after another on the same land. The warmer climate has resulted in sweeter apricot which is renowned in Ladakh.
Stop postponing your visit to the beautiful valley of Turtuk. You will simply fall in love with the peace.