When someone tells you that you “have to go to Amsterdam” in winter you don’t moan about how cold and windy it’s going to be, instead you pack all the warm clothes you possibly have and make the most of a winter vacation. I’ve always despised the cold, I mean who doesn’t love Margaritas on a beach but skiing on a mountain or sipping on mulled wine in a quaint little town in Switzerland is equally (or more) impressive. Each vacation, whatever the weather may be relies on what you do and how you experience it and a little tip, once you’re in the minuses example -1 and survived; all the minuses are endurable.
A part of Pakistan until 1971, opened to tourists only in 2010, this hidden gem in J&K is a gateway to the formidable Siachen Glacier, offers a view of Pakistan’s army bunkers and the chance for thrill-seekers to unearth forgotten wonders
You won’t find any sari-clad Kajol lookalikes running across the snow-topped mountains, seemingly oblivious to the cold, but in the last few years Leh has made the jump from off-the-radar escape to mainstream holiday destination for even Himachal-bound honeymooners. Whether it’s the capital city that’s now teeming with part-of-a package-tourists in popular months, to the unreal Pangong Lake dotted by too real biscuit-wrappers to enthusiastic camel-riding tourists in the Nubra Valley, Leh’s mass-virginity has been taken.
But the mountains keep some secrets, still. And there remain places hard to reach, and harder to live in… dusty old villages where royalty tells the tale of it’s slow demise in its own tongue, and the number of households are less than 500. The sleepy, near forgotten village of Turtuk is one of them. Here are seven reasons to visit the tourist-light, lesser-known village in the Leh district of Jammu & Kashmir.
The mountains are calling – and we do all the groundwork for you so you can explore the prettiest, chillest spots in Himachal Pradesh and J&K, the best way possible
The sound of silence can be deafening. Blue skies can offer a virtual spectrum of the cool colour. And you’d be surprised at just how many kinds of green you can find up in the mountains. But the best way to let yourself be surprised by India’s epic mountain states is to road trip through them – turning minutes into infinities. We chart our done-and-dusted route from Kasol, Himachal Pradesh to Leh, Jammu & Kashmir. Prepare yourselves for endless dusty stretches, picture-perfect panoramas, ceaseless chai stops and the liberation of just being, on the road.