Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. ― Ibn Battuta
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]anderlust is an unquenchable thirst, once you get a taste of travelling, you develop an addiction to it. And as the wild traveler within you is unleashed there’s no going back to the monotonous life tied on routines.
You might have come across #turtuk and #turtukvillage a few times on Instagram if you follow wanderers and photographers.
When Tom Cruise in his latest film Mission: Impossible – Fallout landed up in this picturesque village in Jammu and Kashmir, people could not keep themselves from appreciating the jaw-dropping beauty it boasts of.
With the entire final sequence set in the country, the makers didn’t shoot the movie in India, instead they transformed a valley in New Zealand into Kashmir’s Turtuk village to shoot the portion. Director Christopher McQuarrie told IANS, “We couldn’t shoot the aerial sequence (helicopter chase sequence) in India. It was a little too crazy. So, we ended up in New Zealand… (but) we wanted something which was more political complex than New Zealand.”
“We knew we wanted a helicopter chase sequence. The only country which would let us do it was New Zealand and we wanted something which was more political complex than New Zealand. It didn’t feel like something politically dangerous would be happening in New Zealand and we looked at places which had some similarities to New Zealand, and that is why we picked Kashmir,” he said explaining why they chose Kashmir.
Even though the film was shot in New Zealand and not in the Valley, we can’t help but be proud of the beauty the little village holds. Turtuk is the last outpost in India after which the Pakistan-controlled Gilgit-Baltistan begins, and is one of the gateways to the Siachen Glacier.
Instagram users have over a period of time, given us majestic views of various places across the world. Sitting in the comfort of home we have often felt at the spot with the photographers’ perfect clicks. If you have already been there, we’d call you nothing less than a fortunate soul, but in case you haven’t, here’s some treat for your eyes.
Don’t these roads remind you of the opening credits of 3 Idiots? When the melodious song ‘Behti hawa sa tha wo’ crooned by Shaan and Shantanu Moitra plays in the background and Raju, Farhan and Chatur drive through the mountains in search of their lost friend Rancho, the feeling is indescribable. Watching the following videos you’ll feel exactly that way.
Wouldn’t a motorcycle ride be amazing through these rugged roads in the bare western Himalayas? Just look at these videos: