Spending a night in Turtuk : The gateway to Siachen 

By Protima Tiwary

In the Indo-Pak war of 1971, this region was captured by the Indian Army, and is now one of the last few villages of India.

It opened its doors to tourists in 2010, before which Turtuk was a remote, secluded village that was inaccessible to outsiders.

One of the first few homestays to open up in 2010 was Ismail’s, the very place we decided to stay for a night on our visit.

Ismail’s Homestay turned out to be exactly what we had expected: a small, simple, comfortable and cosy space.

This is the closest I have ever been to Pakistan, a dream on my bucket list that makes too many people uncomfortable.

Turtuk has two parts, Youl and Pharol, connected by a wooden bridge over a gurgling stream.

Dinner at Turtuk was a simple yet soul-satisfying meal of buckwheat dosa, rice, dal, spinach sabji and yak curry.

I woke up as early as 5:00 am when the rooster crowed.

This trip to Turtuk will always remain an etched memory in my heart.