Over the mighty Khardung-La, on the edge of Shyok valley, lies India’s northernmost village. This is a road fairly less travelled, beyond Nubra Valley, longer perhaps, but with some of the best views ever. India’s last major settlement, Turtuk, is predominantly Muslim but does have a couple of gompas overlooking the Shyok river as well. Listen close as locals here speak an interesting Balti language that uses old Tibetan sounds no longer used in modern Tibetan.
Get a glimpse of the beauty of Turtuk as we take you through this lost little village, India’s northernmost near the Line of Control . The best time to visit Ladakh is also the best time to visit Turtuk which is between the months of June to early September.
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Here’s un[travel]’s 3 reasons why you shouldn’t miss a chance to visit Turtuk Village:
India’s last major settlement northwards
Turtuk Village is the last major settlement of India before the Line of Control beyond which lies Pakistan controlled Gilgit-Baltistan region. Infact, Turtuk was under Pakistan’s control until the 1971 Indo-Pak war where it came under Indian governance.
A Turtuk Local
A dying language still kept alive
The inhabitants of Turtuk speak a very interesting language known as Balti. It is a mix of Persian and old Tibetan. Though considerable number of speakers across the border speak Balti, the language is finding fewer takers amongst the newer generations. Balti language uses old Tibetan sounds no longer used in modern Tibetan.
Fresh Apricots Basket
Turtuk village, apart from being the northernmost Indian village, is the largest apricot producing village in the whole of Ladakh region. It is quite evident in the locally prepared food here, where apricot is an universal ingredient. Apart from apricots, Turtuk village grows walnuts in aplenty.
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