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Brown brick wall near green grass

Turtuk is a village in the north eastern in part of Ladakh, India. It is sandwiched between two majestic mountain ranges of the world,viz the Himalaya and the Karakoram on the banks of the Shyok river. . Turtuk was under Pakistan’s control until 1971,after which India gained control of this strategic area.Though Turtuk is now politically in Ladakh province,but geographically,linguistically and culturally Turtuk is a part of the Baltistan Region and is one among four such villages in India,the other 3 being Tyakshi,Chalunkha and Thang.It is predominantly a Muslim village,and residents here speak the Balti language.Turtuk is the last outpost in India after which Gilti-Baltistan begins. . Taking a trek in this village is all that u’ll need to know the history.I met few people here who back then belonged to Pakistan.They were sweet enough to tell us their experience during the separation.There was one such particular line that I remember them telling us ,when we asked them to share their stories ,”They slept as Pakistani’s but woke up as Indian’s.”Loosing their family/friends forever in the process.Hearing their story made me get goosebumps.

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Posted Date:February 11, 2021 10:01 AM