Karakoram: Tartuk is the village from which its country was taken away

Access to data is not easy. This village is a small village in the Nebra, a remote valley in Ladakh, in the north of India.

The road to reach the village on the Shivak River, in the Karakoram Mountains, consists of rocky cliffs and a broken road that runs through the slopes of Leh.

The history of this highly scenic village is far more interesting and disturbing than it is because it is the village from which its country was taken away.


India's Belti village

Where the rest of Ladakh is the stronghold of the Buddhist Buddhists, there is a village of Tartak Bali Muslims.

The Beti are a people of Tibetan origin who are mostly based in Skardu area in Pakistan.

The villagers of this village are Nurbakhshi Muslims who speak Bali, wear Pakistan's national clothing shalwar kameez and are very similar to the people of Baltistan, six km away.

In fact, Tartak was part of Pakistan until 1971, and this year it was occupied by the Indian Army in the battle over the controversial Line of Control that separated Pakistan from India.


India did not return the village to Pakistan, citing border security concerns. In 1971, those who were out of the village for work or visiting relatives during the war period never returned, and for years, India not only kept the area closed but also held tight control over it. ۔

Then in 2010, Tartak opened for tourists, after which the outside world learned about the life of this unique village and its inhabitants.

The Turtoks have built their homes from the cliffs of the Karakoram mountains to their villages, and these same rocks have been used in the construction of roads and irrigation routes.


Turtuk is at a lower altitude than other parts of Ladakh.

Being only 2900 meters high, the climate here is intense and the villagers, using their rocky environment, have built stone warehouses that are cool and used to store such items, including meat and butter. Which can be degraded by heat.

In the cat it is called Nang Chung or cold box. In these rocky bunkers, the space between the rocks is kept from where the air passes and keeps these bunkers cool in comparison to the hot weather outside.

Which is a big crop of this region because at the height of this crop only the grain gets fire.

Which is a big crop of this region because at the height of this crop only the grain gets fire. Since turtles are located at low altitudes, the cats grow a variety of wheat or 'book weight' here.

The apricots and walnuts found in India are mostly brought from the same region and are known for their taste.

Throughout the year, the fields are filled with either sown crops or harvested crop bales.

Between the brown and barren mountains of Karakoram, these lush fields offer an oasis view.


Despite the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, life in Tartak is calm and peaceful. After the occupation in 1971, the Indian government issued identity cards to the villagers here and they were made Indian citizens.

Recently, the construction of roads and the transportation of roads to give innovation to the Nebra Valley has knocked on the door where the area has become a tourist attraction.

Traditional baking dishes such as the garden of Aspani, Noorbakhshi mosques, rocky houses and irrigation paths, as well as Kaiser, give the village a sense of belonging to its balmy roots.


This village is especially visible in the fall when the leaves of the poplar trees on the rows change colors and look like a painting in the rocky background.

In the Nebra Valley, where stone is common in other Ladakhi villages, it is nothing compared to the Tirtuk. In an area where earthquakes and mountain boulders are commonplace, stone walls stand firmly in place.


This is an area where the residents have not only learned to live in their difficult and difficult environment but they are also making progress.

Despite its disintegration with Pakistan, the residents here have not broken the cultural traditions of the country and now they are waiting for tourists from all over the world in the future.

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