Khan House

Khan House

Near Turtuk

Live the Balti life right across the border.
Closed for Winter

The first thing that arrests your attention when you arrive at Turtuk is the different faces and awkward houses built on rocky edges — an excuse for a road — leading to the rugged and breathtakingly beautiful village.

The terrain to Turtuk is a swirly mountain road that descends into a valley abruptly.From then on,the road is dotted with sea buckthorn bushes in full bloom with pale,shiny yellow fruits.Turtuk is lush with vegetation.Agriculture is in its full splendour during the summer months with a local variety of wheat in full bloom.Patches of vegetables including cauliflower,cabbage,spinach,carrots and greens are cultivated and stored for the long and hard winter.Apricot trees border every house's fencing and are pregnant with ripe, yellow-orange fruits. Shake one and more than a handful of these fruits rain down in soft thuds. Apple trees are in plenty while walnut trees sport green, unripe fruits. The locals would dry up the mature fruits to wield crispy walnuts.

The mighty Sahyok River roars past Turtuk, the only thing in the village that is noisy and brash.Sahyok's waters are further augmented by the countless little streams originating from the (melting of) Himalayas glaciers. One such gushing glacier-stream cuts across Turtuk, dividing the village into two. “There are about 600 families in total, 300 on either side of the river,”, a local, tells. Life in the village is rather tranquil and for a population of 600 families, it's oddly free of the bustle.

Staying here has it’s own charm and gala to happen.Imagine the sound of chirping birds, and green views with sky dating moutons right across the windows.Won’t that be something ?

At NotOnMap house you will feel just like home and a home in this village of 600 families is a must thing to do.

We offer neat open rooms - 2 of which are large and 3 of them slightly smaller. All the rooms are airy and spacious. There are 2 clean sharing bathrooms. In addition, there is a lively communal sitting area and a rooftop whose 360-degree panoramic view is among the best you’ll find in this small quintiles village.

The food is served in a community style kitchen where everyone gather around and eat there food.

We cook organic food using produce fresh from our garden, promising a healthy local meal. Balti food is something you shouldn't shy away from, the local bread, apricot Jam is something to crave for. Don’t ask for fancy food as we love our guest’s who appreciate our host families. Remember; to see the best of a place, live like the local does.

It can be extremely pleasurable to wall around this picturesque village.The village is traditionally divided into three areas -

Chutang - the lower portion of the village,located along the bank of the Shyok river.Most families living in the other two areas of Turtuk move down to Chutang during the winter season.

Yul - the oldest area of the village.Home to the older of the two mosques located in Turtuk.

Farol - the area where most NotOnMap Houses and the old monastery are located.Located across the bridge from Yul.

The residents of Yul and Chutang are primarily Suni and Muwahhid('Wahabi') muslims, while those residing in Farol are mostly Sufis.

You might be able to purchase some stone carvings of animals in the tea shop near the Mosque. Turtuk is the largest apricot producing village in the ladakh region.You may get various varieties of organic dried apricot.Turtuk is the largest walnut producing village in the ladakh area.Turtuk is also known for its traditional woolen shawl.

Turtuk is situated at a separation of 211 km from Leh and 92 km from Diskit along the Shyok waterway. Foreign guests will require an Inner Line Permit to visit Turtuk, with respect to anyplace else in Nubra. Indian nationals can without much of a stretch get these permits specifically from the Magistrate Office in Leh. Outside national need to utilize one of many travel offices in Leh. You will require your visa, international ID duplicates and between 300-450 Rs.

Before embarking to Turtuk or anyplace in the Shayok valley,
get ready no less than 3 photocopies of the allow(progressively in the event that you likewise plan to visit the Nubra valley), as the checkpoints you will experience will typically request that you store a photocopy with them.

Turtuk is overhauled by a nearby transport benefit from Leh a couple of times each week, and back.Enquire at the New Bus Stand in Leh for point by point plan.Notice it is a long and rough ride, in spite of the fact that the street is very much cleared the distance from Leh, aside from Khardung La, as of August 2012. The vast majority, be that as it may, select to share a jeep for a 2-3 day trek to the whole valley, composed in Leh; this appears to be a significant brief time to appreciate the excellent town, in any case.

Hitchhiking may be hard since there is almost no movement going on the Diskit-Turtuk street, aside from the large number of military trucks and vacationer jeeps.

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