Shyok (village)

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Shyok is a village on Shyok River in Durbuk tehsil of Leh district in Ladakh, India. It has geostrategic importance as it is the last Indian village on the the 235 km long Darbuk–Shyok–DBO Road in the north which connects it to Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) military post 225 km away on the China border. Syok to BDO area is also called Sub-Sector North (SSN) by the Indian Military, and civilians are not allowed to travel from Shyok to DBO.[1][2] Sasoma–Saser La Road will provide alternative connectivity to DBO.[3][4][5]

Durbuk is 16 to the south on Darbuk–Shyok–DBO Road. A northwest road connects it to Agham 47 km, Khalsar 73 km, Diskit 93 km, Panamik 120 km and Sasoma 133 km. Durbuk is connected to Leh via Shyok-Khalsar-Kardung-Leh road as well as Shyok-Durbuk-Hemis-Lehh road.


In 1900s,British Indian army officer and explorer Francis Younghusband studied the importance of this area and he feared Russian invasion via the Karakoram Pass which never happened. Till 1937, between Ladakh and Kashgar (in Xinjiang) on Shyok-DBO route via Karakoram Pass there were frequent trade caravans mostly run Punjabi traders from Hoshiarpur.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 India completes vital Ladakh road, The Tribune, 23 April 2019.
  2. India working on two roads in Ladakh amid border row, Hindustan Times, 9 July 2020.
  3. Singh, Rahul; Choudhury, Sunetra (9 June 2020). "India working on two roads in Ladakh amid border row". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2020-06-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "World's First Galciated Motorable Road Being Laid in Ladakh by BRO Amid Extreme Weather Conditions". CNN-News18. PTI. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 2020-06-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "World's 'first' glaciated road coming up in Ladakh region of Kashmir". Greater Kashmir. 2018-11-18. Retrieved 2020-06-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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