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Impressions: Explorative Journey in Ladakh

Turtuk is located 175 kms west of Leh. The small village is recently opened for tourism and hence is growing in a fast pace. The inhabitants of the village are Balti people, the Muslim equivelent of Sherpas, the expert mountain climbers. The village is one of the last remaining Balti village in India, as their sister villages went to other side of the border in Pakistan, dividing famalies, homes and relations. The thick border of Inda & Pakistan has scattered the lives of Balti people. The project is a continuation of Unlock Hundarman project initiated by Roots Collective in 2015. Unlock Hundarman is a project where we are documenting lives of people living in border settlements and presenting their stories to the world. The bustling village has an old historic settlement and a mosque (recently restored). The houses in the village are made of stone and timber and their system of water distribution is outstanding. Out of many craft practises in the village, the remarkable ones are utensils made of stone and many other daily usage items made of bones and horns of ibex.
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SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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