Since long, Roads have been one of the safest and the most efficient mode of transportation. They take us to places that are not reachable by train or airplane.
Not only this, some people simply prefer travelling by roads because they are quite adventurous and love to explore But driving on Indian roads is like walking on a tight rope Because these roads are death paths mostly due to their extreme locations in the mountains and remote terrains.
Roads are intended to lead us to our destination, no matter whatever the climate condition or geology is. But there are some roads around our country that are ‘Highway to Hell’. These roads are constructed in extreme locations like mountains or forests. Here is a list of the 8 most dangerous roads in India on which you would not ever wish to drive.
Most Deadliest Roads in India That Will Literally Drive You Crazy
1. Kishtwar Kailash Highway
Where: Eastern extremity of the Kishtwar district of Jammu.
What makes it scary: A narrow highway with low overhanging cliffs and no guardrails. The sharp turns with cliff obstruct the view, making it all the more difficult to make those turns. One mistake and the drop are of about 600 m.
2. Zoji la pass
Where: 9 km from Sonamarg, between Ladakh and Kashmir.
What makes it scary: At an altitude of 3,538 meters above sea level, Zoji La Pass is one the important and most dangerous mountain pass in the India. The road is very narrow and easily gets muddy during rains and becomes impassible during or after Storms. The heavy snowfall, violent winds and frequent landslides make it one of the riskiest passes in the Himalayas.
3. Chang La Pass
Where: Between Pangong lake and Leh in Ladakh region.
What makes it scary: A whooping elevation of 5,360 m above sea level, the road remains snow-covered throughout the year. This makes the road slippery. Also, one can feel the scarcity of oxygen while on this road. The low temperatures in this region add to the travel woes of those commuting through this third highest motor able road in the world.
4. Killar- Kishtwar Route
Where: Pangi Valley, Himachal Pradesh
What makes it scary: This road is a challenge because of the low overhanging cliffs and sharp turns. The road is not an easy drive even in broad daylight, let alone at night.
5. Kinnaur Road
Where: NH 22, at the start of Kinnaur region
What makes it scary: This is undoubtedly the scariest road in India ever! It has featured on History Channel’s ‘IRT Deadliest Roads’ series. It is also known as the Hindustan-Tibet Road, which starts at Ambala and goes through Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The road spans over 459kms.
6. Nathula Pass
Where: Indo-Chinese border, 54 km east of Gangtok, near Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim
What makes it scary: This road stands 54 km east of Gangtok, near Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim. The route is prone to landslides and heavy (and dangerous) snowfall. Also, the zig-zag slippery stretches of road have been known to be fatal.
7. Sela Pass
Where: Tawang District, Arunachal Pradesh
What makes it scary: This road is at an altitude of 4,170 meters above sea level in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It’s a slippery road covered by ice, with crazily sharp turns and right next on the edge of a cliff.
8. Khardung la pass
Where: Ladakh, on the Caravan Route that was once the Silk Route between India & China
What makes it scary: The road is scary for the sheer invincible height of 5,602 m above the sea level. Additionally, the road is not paved and is slippery due to the frozen ice & dirt mix. And then there are the hairpin turns that are nightmares of even the most experienced drivers of the region.
Go ahead and start making your road-trip plans, truth is you haven’t lived completely if you haven’t done one of these road-trips.