Due to its Tibetan Buddhist heritage, people identify Ladakh as a land of gompas but it used to be an independent Kingdom too. Naturally, there are lots of palaces and forts in Ladakh too. Some of them can be found in the city of Leh itself while many others are scattered in the far-off areas.
Turtuk is a part of the ancient Gilgit-Baltistan province, most of which lies on the other side of the Line of Control (LOC) between India and Pakistan, north of Ladakh. Turtuk was retaken by the Indian army during the war of 1971 and tourists were allowed in Turtuk only in 2010.