Turtuk was under Pakistan's control until 1971 but then it came under the control of India. The region has a very interesting history and people travel all the way to Turtuk to enjoy these stories from the locals. This is military-dominated and a super-sensitive area as located merely ahead of the line of control between India and Pakistan. One can also get glimpses of the bunkers of Pakistan's army and line of control of India and Pakistan from Turtuk as it is the last major village where the tourists are allowed. The ethereal beauty of this place cannot be defined into words and the views of the Line of Control from here are beyond any description.
Turtuk is one of the popular tourist places in Ladakh at the edge of the Indian Territory and the best attractions to visit here are Nubra Valley, Siachen Glacier, Siachen Base Camp, Shyok Valley, and many more. You can also enjoy the natural beauty, wildlife, and experience Himalayan adventure here.
It is mandatory for all the tourists to have Protected Area Permit (PAP) before entering this region. The permit is valid for up to 3 weeks in the case of Indian citizens and for foreigners, it is valid for 1 week.
Turtuk is accessible by road as high ground clearance cars are favorable on this route. It takes approximately 6 to 8 hours to reach Turtuk Village from Leh. There are no railway stations nearby. However, the nearest airport is Leh, Ladakh at a distance of 206 KM.
Turtuk offers abundant options for homestays, guest houses, and camps to choose from. Tourists can choose as per their requirements. These places are equipped with all modern amenities.
Mobile connectivity is not very good in the Ladakh region. Only BSNL and Airtel provides network connectivity in Leh and that too on postpaid connection only. While in Turtuk, the only network provider is BSNL. The internet services are not available outside Leh. It is advisable to carry postpaid BSNL Sim to Turtuk.
Turtuk is a small village located in between the Himalayas and Karakoram mountains. The eating options are pretty decent in Turtuk. The local platters like Zan with Tsamig, Apricot Pancakes, Thathuk, Yak Butter Tea and many more are popular dishes in Turtuk Village. You can enjoy your holiday in Turtuk with these famous Balti cuisines.
There are basic medical facilities available in Turtuk. There is a small health center in Chuang and Bogdang which are the nearest towns of Turtuk. It would be better to carry a basic first-aid kit along with you. Also, the presence of the army in the area is advantageous for tourists and you can contact them for help in case of any emergency.
The best time to visit Turtuk is during the summer months from April to September. During this time, you can enjoy the charming weather and beauty of the valley.
From Leh, it takes approximately 6 to 8 hours to reach Turtuk by road. There is no railway station nearby. Whereas, the nearest airport is in Leh, Ladakh at a distance of 204 km from Turtuk. You can hire a taxi to Turtuk or catch a bus from Leh to Nubra Valley and then from Nubra Valley you have to hire a taxi till Turtuk as there is no bus service available till Turtuk.