Turtuk - Technicolor Manifested

Morning Glory
Morning Glory
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Wheat Fields
Wheat Fields
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Apticot Tree
Apticot Tree
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Apticot Tree
Apticot Tree
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Drying Apricots for Preservation
Drying Apricots for Preservation
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Buddhist Monastry on nearby Hilltop
Buddhist Monastry on nearby Hilltop
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Bridge joining the Village
Bridge joining the Village
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Baltistan is the mountainous region lying on the line of control between India and Pakistan. One of its border villages, Turtuk, came under Indian control after the 1971 Indo Pak War. Lying around seven kms from the Line of Control, Turtuk is the last accessible village on that part of the frontier. It is one of the few places in India where one can witness the Balti Muslim culture.

An idyllic village by the turquoise waters of the Shyok river (the name means 'River Of Death'), Turtuk’s fields are lush green in summer and snow clad for the long winters. During the short summer the village produces apricots, sunflowers and wheat. Youl and Pharol, the two parts of the village are separated by a pretty hanging bridge.

At Turtuk, the colors of the sky, river, fields and trees are so vivid that its seems that the individual colors have been processed in Technicolor!