Shyok (village)

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Shyok village
Shyok village is located in Ladakh
Shyok village
Shyok village
Location in Ladakh
Shyok village is located in India
Shyok village
Shyok village
Shyok village (India)
Coordinates: 34°10′41″N 78°08′24″E / 34.1781°N 78.1399°E / 34.1781; 78.1399Coordinates: 34°10′41″N 78°08′24″E / 34.1781°N 78.1399°E / 34.1781; 78.1399
Union TerritoryLadakh
3,700 m (12,100 ft)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)

Shyok or Shayok is a village on the bank of the Shyok River in Durbuk tehsil of Leh district in Ladakh, India. It is located at the southern tip of the V-shaped course of the Shyok River, where the Tangtse river joins it from the left. Historically, the winter caravan route from Leh to Yarkand passed through the village. In modern times, India's strategic road to its border post at Daulat Beg Oldi uses the same route.


The Shyok village is at the southern tip of the V-shaped Shyok River

Shyok is connected to Durbuk, 16 km to the south, and Agham, 47 km to the north, via the Agam-Shyok-Durbuk Road,[2] Durbuk is further connected to both Leh and Pangong via the Kharu-Pangong Road.

A northwest road connects it beyond Agham to Khalsar 73 km, Diskit 93 km, Panamik 120 km and Sasoma 133 km, along the Shyok River valley.

Caravan route[edit]

Till 1937, between Ladakh and Kashgar (in Xinjiang) on Shyok-DBO route via Karakoram Pass there were frequent trade caravans.[3]

Strategic role[edit]

Shyok has geostrategic importance as it is the last Indian village on 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. Shyok 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.[3][4] Sasoma–Saser La Road will provide alternative connectivity to DBO.[5][6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Villages | District Leh, Union Territory of Ladakh | India".
  2. ^ Agam-Shyok-Durbuk Road mapped on OpenStreetMap, retrieved 15 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b India completes vital Ladakh road, The Tribune, 23 April 2019.
  4. ^ India working on two roads in Ladakh amid border row, Hindustan Times, 9 July 2020.
  5. ^ Singh, Rahul; Choudhury, Sunetra (9 June 2020). "India working on two roads in Ladakh amid border row". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  6. ^ "World's First Galciated Motorable Road Being Laid in Ladakh by BRO Amid Extreme Weather Conditions". CNN-News18. PTI. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  7. ^ "World's 'first' glaciated road coming up in Ladakh region of Kashmir". Greater Kashmir. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2020.