Turtuk was part of Pakistan until 1971, when the Indian army occupied the village during a border war along the Line of Control and never gave it back.
A tumultuous history
India’s Balti village
Divided by a border
An ingenious cooling solution
However, it doesn’t feel much like India here. The apricot orchards, Noorbakhshi mosques, stone homes and irrigation channels — as well as traditional Balti dishes like kisir (buckwheat bread) topped with yak meat or served with muskat, an apricot and walnut paste; and balay, a soup with large buckwheat noodles — keeps the village culturally faithful to its Balti roots. (Credit: Dave Stamboulis)
A thriving world
This feature was first published in BBC Travel pages, July 31, 2019