10 Jan 2017

Turtuk, A Village Still Trapped In The Pages Of History

It’s 2017. We photograph our food. Our pictures are tagged with our names. There’s internet connection anywhere. Countries are culturally and technologically connected with each other. But somehow, a small village in the borders of India remains intact.

Opening Up To The World

It was 2010 when Turtuk got its very first tourist. It was foreign visitor. It was such a big moment for them that the tourist was welcomed with baskets of ripe apricots, beautiful silk scarves, and even a show!

You see, Turtuk was once a very important city. It was India’s gateway to the Silk Road, the major trade route in the past used by different countries: Rome, India, China, all the way to Korea. However, when India reclaimed its freedom from British rule, the small village was then claimed by Pakistan, and then later on, after the Indo-Pakistani war, it was finally declared that Turtuk is a part of India.

With a very complicated political background, Turtuk was then closed not only to foreigners but even to the locals of India themselves. And it wasn’t really that much of a challenge to do so because the entire region is nestled within the Karakoram mountains. This was how Turtuk preserved its historical and ancient wonder even in the modern world.

Visiting Turtuk

If you want to visit and explore Turtuk yourself, prepare yourself for a challenging journey ahead. But don’t worry, everything will be worth it. The hospitality of the locals is a thing of legends still in existence today. Tourists are treated like family. And the sights you’ll see? Well, I don’t need to talk about them anymore. The breathtaking Karakoram mountains can speak for itself. Taking this trip would literally be like traveling in a time machine and reaching a destination when the Silk Road still existed, only that you wouldn’t really need a time machine to get there, do you?