A complete travel guide to Turtuk, Ladakh

Published Date : January 18, 2022

Ladakh has long been a favourite destination for tourists worldwide for its magnificent monasteries, flowing streams, and stunning snow. For anybody planning a trip to the northern highlands with their family, our Ladakh tour package has always been the most acceptable option. Ladakh has also been the perfect destination for those adventurers out there.

Turtuk has a fascinating history, and visitors come from all over the world to hear the stories told by the residents. It is located just ahead of the line of control between India and Pakistan, so this is a military-dominated and highly sensitive territory. Turtuk is also the final large settlement where tourists are permitted. You may see the Pakistani army’s bunkers and the India-Pakistan borderline. The ethereal splendour of this location beyond description and the views of the Line of Control from here are breathtaking. Check out our Turtuk tour package if you are planning a trip to Ladakh. Turtuk is situated on the Shyok River’s banks. Except for five villages in the Turtuk block, which are part of India, the village is located in the Baltistan area, which has been under Pakistani rule. These settlements make up the sole Balti-populated area in India.

Turtuk became a tourist destination in 2010. It offers views of the Shyok Valley. There are a few gompas on the plateau above the Shyok River, and in the hamlet, there is an old royal mansion to visit. Turtuk is one of the few areas in India where Balti culture may be seen, and the beautiful hamlet has a few homestays and guest rooms. Before the Line of Control, it is the final large settlement where tourist activity is permitted. Turtuk’s topography is breathtaking. The Karakoram Mountains surround the territory, and accessing it from nearby villages like Hundar requires an incredible hike. With deserts, rugged roads, and craggy mountains, this beautiful hamlet is isolated to a large extent. As a result, it remains an unspoiled gem in Ladakh’s northwest.

Top 5 facts about Turtuk

  1. Turtuk is located on the banks of the Shyok River and is known as the village split by the border.
  2. The settlement was located in the Baltistan area, which was under Pakistani authority until the 1971 war when the Indian army conquered parts of the villages.
  3. Turtuk is also one of India’s few Balti settlements.
  4. It is India’s final outpost in the north, after which Pakistan administers Gilgit-Baltistan.
  5. Turtuk is also regarded as the Siachen Glacier’s entryway, making it a strategically vital territory in the country.

Inner line permit

An Inner Line Permit (for Indian nationals) or a Ladakh Protected Area Permit (for foreign nationals) is necessary when entering any remote area in the Ladakh region. Permits can be obtained over the internet, and you can also get them at the TIC Office in Leh.

Best time to visit Turtuk 

The best time to visit Turtuk village is from April to September in the summer monthsWeather will be at its best during this period. Summer is the best time to visit Turtuk for having a fantastic getaway in the laps of the Himalayas.

How to reach Turtuk 

There are no railway stations in the immediate vicinity. However, the nearest airport is in Leh, Ladakh, which is 205 kilometres away from Turtuk. Turtuk may be reached in around 6-8 hours by car from Leh. Taxis will be there in Leh, and you can hire one for them personally or share a ride with someone on the same route. If you are planning a budget trip, sharing will be more fun.

Buses are available in Leh – Turtuk route twice a week; this is also the best option for people looking for a budget-friendly trip to Turtuk.

Connectivity

Mobile network coverage is poor in the Ladakh region. In Leh, only BSNL and Airtel provide network access, only on a postpaid basis. BSNL is the only network provider in Turtuk. It is suggested to visit Turtuk using a BSNL postpaid SIM card.

Medical facility 

The nearest towns to Turtuk, Chuang, and Bogdan, have a local health centre. It’s advised to take a basic first-aid kit with you. The army’s presence in the region is also beneficial to visitors since you may contact them for assistance during any emergency situation.

Top 10 things to note before Turtuk Trip

  •  Not every cell phone networks work at such an altitude. Get a postpaid or prepaid sim card. BSNL could come in handy right now.

 

  •  Carry some cash with you because ATMs and card machines are not available everywhere. Don’t spoil your trip searching for ATMs.

 

  •  Remember to pack warm clothes. The temperature might fall, and it won’t be easy to survive without proper dressing.

 

  •  Carry all the essential documents with you. Always keep a Valid Id ready.

 

  •  Stick to native cuisine as it is delicious and healthy.

 

  • Get some rest before your trip. The Ladakh trip is going to be adventurous and tiring as well.

 

  •  Connectivity is a big problem in high altitudes. Be ready for that. The trip is going to be a social media-free one.

 

  •  Remember to carry some additional batteries for your camera.

 

  • always be socially aware. Keep hospitals, petrol pumps, garages, etc., in the eye.

Share your ride to save money and for a better experience in Turtuk.

Best places to visit in Turtuk

Turtuk village is famous for its breathtaking beauty and picture-perfect vistas. Camping and cultural tours are the best to discover this fantastic village. Some of the best places to visit in Turtuk are:

Khardung La Pass

If you want to travel to some beautiful landscapes and unexplored ones, Khardung La is the place you need to be. This Mountain pass is places where adventurers and tourists love to visit Leh Ladakh tour Packages destinations because it’s one of a kind and is one of the popular destinations. Khardung La, situated at 5359 meters, is located in the Leh district of the Indian union territory, and it hails as the highest motorable pass all across the globe.

Diskit Monastery

The Diskit Monastery, also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa, is the oldest and most significant Buddhist monastery in Ladakh’s Nubra Valley. It is a Tibetan Buddhist sect known as the Gelugpa. The 106-foot Maitreya Buddha statue is located right below the monastery, making Diskit Monastery a popular tourist destination in the Nubra Valley.

Nubra valley

Nubra Valley is a very picturesque destination that should be visited during your trip to Ladakh. It lies towards the northern part of Leh and is nestled at a good height of over 5500 m. Nubra Valley tour organized by Getz destinations will cover all the major tourist spots in and around Nubra valley. It is believed that it was once covered by icy glaciers and rivers, which have, over time, dried up or faded away into oblivion

Hunder

Hunder is a lovely secluded town and oasis in the Nubra Valley’s chilly desert. Despite the fact that the terrain around Hunder is arid and desolate, the community is surrounded by greenery and has plenty of farmland. The Hunder Gompa, the Buddhist monastery in Hunder village, is one of the Nubra Valley’s oldest monasteries. The Hunder monastery is also the most excellent spot in town to catch a spectacular sunset. During the celebration of the Festival of Hunder, you may see a performance of the Cham dance, which is a part of their culture.

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