Come winter and the roads in the Himalayas are closed.\nBut, as a way of compensation, the rivers freeze and create a path for those who must travel.\nMany villages are then accessible only through the Chadar routes or the the \u2018frozen river\u2019 routes.\nA few glimpses of the Chadar:\n\nAnd here\u2019s us trying to break the ice by throwing stones in. Ambition keeps the world going\u2026.\nClick to view slideshow.\n\nWalking on the Chadar!\n\n\n\nDread to think of the \u2018what-ifs\u2019 with the sun shining so brightly on the ice\u2026..\nBut I am with people who know and I trust their judgement. They know the many types of ice and many types of snow and the many types of cold and the many types of clouds and the complex conclusions that can be correctly drawn from each of these observations! So there is no reason to stop enjoying this unique experience.\n\u00a0\nClick to view slideshow.\nThe last place \u2013 Tschiling \u2013 as far as the road could take us \u2013 is imprinted on my soul forever.\nIt is a place filled with overpowering nothingness. Only Visuals. And Cold.\nThe nothingness is so dense that not even a thought finds its way into my mind. My companions went up the mountainside to visit the Gompa. And I went down to the river and waited (while the driver waited on the road watching over me lest I strayed into some mountain road and got lost).\u00a0Time stood still like never before. I could have been there for hours without any need to do the next thing and the next \u2026 that urgent drive that desire for the next thing had been silenced. And I was just there. Seamlessly one with the nothingness.\nTHIS is my pilgrimage. This is my worship. This is my union with the universe.\n\u00a0\n\u2026..\njaina mishra\nApril 2018\nPhotos from 2017\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Walking on Water \u2013 The Zanskar Chadar appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.