Apricot strewn roads,vegetable patches, wheat fields, and a glacial stream running through the village are what compose the picture of Turtuk village. The village is split in to two by the stream, where about 300 hundred families live on either side.
Lying a few kilometers from the ‘line of control’ this village was opened for tourism only in 2009. For a new entrant to the tourist spot list, Turtuk is strangely accommodating.
My friends and I took a day trip to this serene village from Hunder. While walking around the alleys of this village, what stood out for me more than the nature is the people. Your greetingsare sweetly responded and inquisitive questions about their lives are answered cheerfully. The kids love the camera and some of them even pose like professional models. Their rosy cheeks, innocent smiles and piercing eyes made me forget the nature for the first time in my travels.
Within the multitude of happy faces the lost look of, the kid in the window and the soul-searching frown of the little girl playing around, stood out distinctly.
Among the enthusiastic posers are the shy old ladies. You just get a precious few seconds to capture their coy expression. As the moment vanishes so do their coy faces. I was lucky enough to capture this old lady walking in, just as I turned around, after taking a shot of the kids.
I left Turtuk with great portraits hoping to return to this quaint village one day, to show these kids their photos.
Travel & photography are two greatest passions of Gokul. An engineer by profession he had taken up photography as a serious hobby only for the past 5 years. Today he has a large fan following in his Shutter Log.