Yabgo Royal House

The Yabgo rajas of Chorbat-Baltistan trace their dynasty back to Central Asia, and have had a palace in Turtuk from at least the 15th century. What remains is a modest two-storey courtyard house with aged wooden columns and an upstairs museum.

The current raja is likely to give you a history lesson, pointing out the royal geneological chart, the three styles of royal crown (Pashto, Mongol and peacock-feathered turban) and the weapons of his various forebears.

To find the 'palace' from the suspension bridge, follow the path into Turtuk Youl and take a right at the Old Mosque. The palace is signed behind a faded deep-green door directly after the Balti Residency Guest House.

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1. Turtuk Old Mosque

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In the heart of Turtuk Youl, the Old Mosque's distinctive feature is a wooden minaret with a spiral staircase only partly encased by timber slats. Locals…