Jammu & Kashmir
Overview:- The first thing that arrests your attention when you arrive at Turtuk is the different faces and awkward houses built on rocky edges — an excuse for a road — leading to the rugged and breathtakingly beautiful village.
The terrain to Turtuk is a swirly mountain road that descends into a valley abruptly. From then on, the road is dotted with sea buckthorn bushes in full bloom with pale, shiny yellow fruits. Turtuk is lush with vegetation. Agriculture is in its full splendor during the summer months with a local variety of wheat in full bloom. Patches of vegetables including cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, carrots, and greens are cultivated and stored for the long and hard winter. Apricot trees border every house's fencing and are pregnant with ripe, yellow-orange fruits. Shake one and more than a handful of these fruits rain down in soft thuds. Apple trees are in plenty while walnut trees sport green, unripe fruits. The locals would dry up the mature fruits to wield crispy walnuts.
The mighty Sahyok River roars past Turtuk, the only thing in the village that is noisy and brash. Sahyok's waters are further augmented by the countless little streams originating from the (melting of) Himalayas glaciers. One such gushing glacier-stream cuts across Turtuk, dividing the village into two. “There are about 600 families in total, 300 on either side of the river,”, a local, tells. Life in the village is rather tranquil and for a population of 600 families, it's oddly free of the bustle.
Staying here has its own charm and gala to happen. Imagine the sound of chirping birds, and green views with sky dating mountains right across the windows. Won’t that be something?
At NotOnMap house, you will feel just like home and a home in this village of 600 families is a must thing to do.
Stay:- All the rooms are airy and spacious. In addition, there is a lively communal sitting area and a rooftop whose 360-degree panoramic view is among the best you’ll find in this small quintiles village.
The food is served in a community-style kitchen where everyone gathers around and eats their food.
Food:- We cook organic food using produce fresh from our garden, promising a healthy local meal. Balti food is something you shouldn't shy away from, the local bread, apricot Jam is something to crave for. Don’t ask for fancy food as we love our guests who appreciate our host families. Remember; to see the best of a place, live as the locals do.
Experiences:- It can be extremely pleasurable to walk around this picturesque village.
The village is traditionally divided into three areas-
Chutang- the lower portion of the village, located along the bank of the Shyok river. Most families living in the other two areas of Turtuk move down to Chutang during the winter season.
Yul- the oldest area of the village. Home to the older of the two mosques located in Turtuk.
Farol - the area where most Not On Map Houses and the old monastery are located. Located across the bridge from Yul.
The residents of Yul and Chutang are primarily Suni and Muwahhid ("Wahabi") Muslims, while those residing in Farol are mostly Sufis.
You might be able to purchase some stone carvings of animals in the tea shop near the Mosque. Turtuk is the largest apricot-producing village in the Ladakh region. You may get various varieties of organic dried apricot. Turtuk is the largest walnut-producing village in the Ladakh area. Turtuk is also known for its traditional woolen shawl.
How to reach:- Turtuk is situated at a separation of 211 km from Leh and 92 km from Diskit along the Shyok waterway.
Turtuk is overhauled by a nearby transport benefit from Leh a couple of times each week, and back. Enquire at the New Bus Stand in Leh for a point-by-point plan. Notice it is a long and rough ride, in spite of the fact that the street is very much cleared the distance from Leh, aside from Khardung La. The vast majority, be that as it may, select to share a jeep for a 2-3 day trek to the whole valley, composed in Leh; this appears to be a significant brief time to appreciate the excellent town, in any case.
Hitchhiking may be hard since there is almost no movement going on the Diskit-Turtuk street, aside from a large number of military trucks and vacationer jeeps.