“Z” in #AtoZChallenge
Zanskar River is a north-flowing tributary of the Indus river. While we have heard of a river that goes dry or no water availability in summer, here is a completely different story. In winter, the river water is not available. Not because it’s dry, but because it is solid. Yes, it is fully frozen.
Zanskar valley has stayed isolated for centuries. There is a local saying “The land is so barren and the passes so high that only our fiercest enemies or our best friends would want to visit us.”
And hence the inhabitants here had literally no access to basic luxuries like schools and other facilities. Due to which the population here is on the decline since many send their kids to the nearby towns for education etc.
During winter, the frozen water can reach the temperature as low as -40 degree Celsius. Result? There is a new passage through the river that connects the Zanskar valley to other regions. And this famous path is called Chadar hike or trek. This journey on the frozen ice is only possible during the months of January and February.
Do you think it sounds interesting? It may, but not to actually take that path.
It is not an easy path, but still, the people of Zanskar have mastered the art of reading the ice and forging a way through the seemingly impassable landscape. You will be surprised to know that this very place was made famous and known to
Yes, the secret of this Zanskar river was revealed only after this documentary from the BBC that shows the extraordinary path the father takes to get his kids to school. Please do view this video to know the difficulties these families have been facing. And also to know how difficult it is to survive in that location.
People reading this post, what is your complain about city life? Traffic? Pollution? What else? Do you still have any now after watching this struggle?
This place is still an amazing location for tourists only because it’s not easy to access. Its geographical location has helped this river to stay away from evil humans like us. With the current roads and technology, we don’t know how long it can survive in this good state.
Hope it stays same for ever.
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. With this post, I am happy that I made it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here.
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