Turtuk, a town in the Leh-Ladakh Union Territory of India, is a place from the dreams. This mountainous terrain is blessed with gushing rivers and trees so tall they seem to be kissing the pleasant blue sky.
Lose Yourself in the Natural Beauty
Any point in this village is a sight to behold. There are several spots to sit and gaze at the natural abundance all around. Pluck and eat apricots, blackberries, and other exotic fruits as you stroll across the village. Stand on the bridge over the river and witness the clear waters gushing beneath. Discover natural refrigerators occurring in caves in many nooks around the village. Every inch of this region is pure beauty.
Get to Know the Balti Culture up Close
Set out on a village tour with someone local. Mr Karim, the owner of Bagdour Guest House, conducts these experiential village tours. On this tour, hear stories from the wartime and visit the war bunkers. Discover stone inscriptions dating back centuries and decipher their meaning. End the tour with a visit to the Balti Heritage House & Museum. It is a traditional Balti home converted into a museum, displaying antique vessels, pots, clothes, instruments, weapons, and much more. It's a great place to experience the culture up close and gain insights into the Balti heritage.
Get a Glimpse of the K2 Peak
The K2 peak, the second-highest mountain in the world after Everest, is visible from a vantage point in Turtuk. A trek through golden buckwheat fields along the mighty grey Shyok river leads to this point. There is a cafe at the viewing point where you can enjoy a cup of the traditional hot tea Khawa or a bowl of instant noodles to accompany the scenic panoramas all around.
Visit the LOC at Thaang
Savor Organic Food with the Locals
Your Turtuk experience is incomplete without a meal with the locals. Having limited access to the main city for food supplies, the locals here grow their own vegetables, rear their own poultry and do everything by themselves. Sit down with Mr Karim and his lovely family for a warm, organic meal over local stories. Savor some specialities of the region like buckwheat handbread (Roti) served with farm-grown vegetable curry or something like pancakes with homemade apricot marmalade and you will have a perfect ending to your eventful evening.