Road trips are considered the new fancy among the travellers, especially in India. Biking along up and down the roads with friends is the next goal. Then they don’t remember to care about the unseemly weather situations or the dangerous terrains. Roads, though claimed to be the best means of transportation in the world, are not always too suitable. India, for one, has a nice stock of such roads in the kitty!
If you have meandered around on scenic roads, having photo ops and roadside fun, driving casually with one hand on the steering and changing radio stations with the other, this story about the most dangerous roads in India is not for you. It’s a serious affair driving across these roads and requires skilled driving. Weather check is of utmost importance while you navigate these roads, and so is carrying appropriate clothes and medical care. This guide will inspire adventure enthusiasts to burn some rubber for sure; read on for the love of thrill and roads!
1. Spiti Valley
Spiti valley is famous for its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Tabo monastery is one of the most prominent attractions in Spiti. The monasteries in Spiti are renowned for spectacular murals, ancient temples, and several stupas.
This valley houses the most remote and highest villages in the world. Located in Himachal Pradesh, Spiti Valley invites many adventure seekers for a high adrenaline rush. This is an example of a collection of very dangerous roads in a very beautiful landscape. The jaw-dropping beauty makes it difficult to resist visiting the place in spite of the harsh warning.
2. Kinnaur Road
Kinnaur is one of the twelve administrative districts of the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. The district is divided into three administrative areas – Pooh, Kalpa, and Nichar, and has six tehsils. The administrative headquarters of the district]] is at Reckong Peo. Kinnaur Road is another beautiful drive with a great not-even-hidden danger. The road is made by cutting the edge of the mountains on the top of Baspa River, which is so low, sometimes you have to peep to see the flowing water. This road connects the Kinnaur District in Himachal Pradesh to the rest of the country. With a high altitude of around 4000 meters, this is another getaway for adventure lovers.
3. Nathu La Pass
Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Tea Horse Road. Nathu means “listening ears” and La means “pass” in Tibetan.
Like other high roads in India, this road is no different in rendering the life of adventure and horror, both at the same time. Nathu La Pass is located on the border of India and China and forms one of the three trade links between the two countries, because of which heavy loaded trucks is not a rare phenomenon. The access to the Pass is also not easy because of too much snow.
4. Rohtang Pass
Rohtang Pass. It is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India.
Situated at a height of 3979 meters on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of Himalayas, this Pass is one of the most scenic beauties in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. It is traversed by Leh Manali Highway and also forms a great attraction among the tourists, courtesy shooting of many Bollywood films.
5. Leh Manali Highway
The Leh–Manali Highway is a 475 km long highway in northernmost India connecting Leh, the capital of the union territory of Ladakh, and Manali in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
Topping the list of to-do road trips among youngsters in India is biking from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Jammu & Kashmir. Spanning over a distance of 479 km, this road gives you a journey of your dreams. Landscape awe-inspiring and experience surreal- this is the review of the travellers. But some reviews also include the harsh realities of poor weather and pathetic road conditions at some places. This Dangerous road in India is totally worth the adventure!
6. National Highway 22
National Highway 22 is a National Highway in India. This highway runs from Sonbarsa in Bihar to Chandwa in Jharkhand.
This full-of-adventure highway is 285 miles starting from Ambala district in Haryana and reaches the Himalayas rendering great scenic beauty and adrenaline rush to the travellers. The bridges and tunnels on this road are in very poor conditions which make this highway highly prone to fatal accidents.
7. Three Level Zig Zag Road
Three Level Zigzag Road is probably the most dizzying road in the world. Located in the Sikkim Indian state, in the Himalayan mountains, the road includes more than 100 hairpins in just 30km. It’s one of the most famous hairpinned roads in the world. Get your adrenaline pumping on this exciting road.
This series of roads form one of the most beautiful views in the Himalayas. Located at an elevation of 11,200 feet above sea level, this road is another fun ride for adventure junkies. A special permit needs to be made after proper medical checks to be allowed to pass through this road.
8. Kishtwar Kailash Road
The road is the key point to reach the base camp to a famous mountain, the Kishtwar Kailash. For reaching the road one has to come from the West and take the way over the Rohtang Pass in Manali to the Valley of Chenab and finally succeeding the Darang Valley, one can reach the base camp.
This road is the lesser-known devil, located in the east of Jammu and Kashmir in Kishtwar District. An extraordinarily narrow road without a railing or edges for about 100 miles, this road needs highly skilled drivers if saving your life is on the list. It is a gateway to Kishtwar Kailash base camp located at a height of 6451 meters.
9. Khardung La Pass
Khardung La is a mountain pass in the Leh district of the Indian union territory of Ladakh. The local pronunciation is “Khardong La” or “Khardzong La” but, as with most names in Ladakh, the romanised spelling varies. The pass on the Ladakh Range is north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys.
Placing this at the first position on our list has two reasons. Not only is this Pass the most difficult route to cover, but is also the highest drivable road in India. This route stretches from Leh region in Jammu & Kashmir state in India to Kashgar in China. The height of the Pass located at Ladakh is 5602 meters.
10. Zoji La Pass
Zoji La is a high mountain pass in the Himalayas in the Indian union territory of Ladakh. Located in the Drass, the pass connects the Kashmir Valley to its west with the Drass and Suru valleys to its northeast and the Indus valley further east.
This path is located on the Leh-Srinagar Highway at an elevation of 3538 meters. The main reason for it to be listed as one of the most dangerous roads in India is the extreme weather conditions throughout the year. Heavy rains and sudden landslides turn the road into a muddy path which is an invitation to fatal accidents.