Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
Believe it or not, there are some breath-taking roads in India that prove that this quote is too good to be true. These roads are in exotic locations but too risky even if you are the skillful driver. Driving on these roads is like tiptoeing on a taut wire. The furious twist and turns at extreme heights will leave you staggering. But didn’t all of that describe what travelers always seek? Need an adrenaline rush? Then try these locations next time you hit the road, which are some of the most dangerous and deadliest roads in India
7 Deadliest Roads In India You Must Visit At Least Once
1. Leh – Manali Highway
This is one of the most savage roads due to its high snowy mountain terrains. Its highest elevation is 5,328 m at Tanglang La mountain pass. This route is only open during summer when there is no snowfall. It passes through Lahaul and Spiti valleys and Zanskar valley. The glacial melts make it more hazardous for drivers. If you are a speed lover, well actually that won’t work here.
2. Three level Zig-Zag Road in Sikkim
This road will spin your world around. Whirling and twirling road might leave you with vertigo. It is located in Sikkim in the Himalayan Mountains. You could get the mesmerising panoramic view from the vantage point (11,200 ft. above sea level). Unannounced avalanches and landslides make this amazing place lethal.
3. Kolli Hills a.k.a The Mountains of Death
The Hill station is in the Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu. This rambling route through the tropic forest is dangerous, yet ideal for road trip lovers. It is famous for 70 continuous hairpin bends and the scenic view of the waterfall Agaya Gangai in the lush green forest is breath-taking. And the best part is you can go anytime of the year.
4. National Highway 22
Also Known as Hindustan Tibet Road that goes through Ambala up to Tibet, passing through Haryana, Khan and Himachal Pradesh, the road is stretched up to 459 Km. History Channel’s “IRT Deadliest Roads” TV series featured the road’s life jeopardizing conditions. A little mistake on this route can result in dire consequences.
5. Khardung La
This road is considered as one of the world’s highest motorable route. The towering peaks go up to 17,582 ft and is located in Ladakh. A lot of Motorsport enthusiasts and mountain bikers visit the spot. The glacial mountains are perfect if you have similar interests. The slippery elevations are tricky making it a challenging road, but the thrilling experience is just extraordinary.
6. Neral – Matheran Road
This road is no less than a roller coaster track. It is one of the most beloved tourist spots, especially for Mumbaikars. It may be comparatively less high than other routes but the narrowness of roads will make you sit on the edge of your seat. Before you get lost in the bewitching scenery take the time to check your seat belts.
7. Nathu La
Connecting Sikkim-China Border. You won’t find any permanent settlements here. It is famous for the Indian War memorial and is traversed by the old silk route. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays Indian can get a permit pass to visit monasteries in Sikkim such as Rumtek and Mansarovar Lake. The Snaky road is vicious are truly worth taking up the challenge.
Summing It Up
So we’ve seen some really deadly high, narrow, slippery, dusty, and curvy roads. But if you have what it takes to be a true traveller, I am sure you’ve thought about your next road trip. And moreover, straight roads NEVER make a skilful driver. Bring out the spirit of adventure because when two roads diverge in the yellow woods the one that is travelled less makes all the difference. (Ask Robert Frost if you doubt!)