10 Scariest Roads In India That Gives Driver’s A Nightmare
Whilst I am planning for my upcoming trip to Spiti valley, I accidentally got stumbled upon an article shedding light on the Scariest Roads Of India. One of the article stated that the road to Ladakh, is so shallow that an SUV can barely fit in it. Furthermore I decided to dig more and found out more interesting facts. There are 10 roads in India, which can give nightmares to even the seasoned drivers. Also there roads are so horrific that a minor mistake can get you on the death bed. I am putting up 10 dangerous roads in India, which are a nightmare to cross.
1. Khardungla Pass: World’s Highest Motorable Road
Location: Ladakh, on the Caravan Route that was once the Silk Route between India & China.
Khardungla Pass is at an altitude of 5,359 meters and is 39.7 km from Leh. Journey from Leh to Khardungla was a painful 3 hours drive up on a winding road. Most of all interrupted by minor landslides and avalanches. Higher up, the mountains were still covered with sheet of snow that melts slowly into slush of mud. Therefore the army maintains this road through out the day. It is first on our Scariest Roads Of India list.
2. Kishtwar Kailash Highway: Sharp Turns, Overhanging Cliffs, and No Guard Rails
Location: Eastern extremity of the Kishtwar district of Jammu.
What makes it scary: The road is windy, narrow, and without guard rail for about 150 m. The overhanging cliff is so low that a Tata Sumo or similar car would barely fit. Also the sharp turns with cliff obstruct the view, hence making it all the more difficult to make those turns. One mistake and the drop is of about 600 m. This is second on our Scariest Roads Of India list.
3. Killar – Kishtwar Route: A replica of the Kishtwar Kailash Highway
Location: Pangi Valley, Himachal Pradesh
What makes it scary: Much like its twin road – the Kishtwar Kailash Highway – the road runs without guard rails, has overhanging hills & sharp turns, and is narrow. The road is not an easy drive even in broad daylight, let alone at night. Furthermore the name is enough. Killar Kishtwar Road. This is third on our Scariest Roads Of India list.
4. Zoji La Pass: Prone to landslides
Location: 9 km from Sonamarg, between Ladakh and Kashmir.
What makes it scary: The road, at an altitude of 3,538 m above sea level, hence is frightfully narrow and extremely slippery due to the year-round snow and dirt mix. Also it gets muddy during the rains and gets blocked during the storms. Besides, frequent landslides have made it one of the scariest roads in India. This is fouth on our Scariest Roads Of India list.
5. Chang La Pass: Third Highest Motorable Route in the World
Location: Between Pangong lake and Leh in Ladakh region
What makes it scary: At 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 motorable road in the world. This is fifth on our Scariest Roads Of India list.
6. NH 22 Kinnaur Road: Cut into hard rocks to make Kinnaur accessible
Location: NH 22, at the start of Kinnaur region
What makes it scary: Taranda Dhank is infamous for claiming several lives. The low overhanging rocks, narrow dark holes, and blind turns make this road highly deadly. Hence one small mistake, and the vehicle will fall down into the Baspa River. Furthermore if not the fall, the collision of vehicles around the blind turns are truly fatal. This is sixth on our Scariest Roads Of India list.
7. Rohtang Pass: The Ground of Corpses
Location: Leh – Manali Road, 53 km from Manali
What makes it scary: At an elevation of 3,979 m above sea level, Rohtang Pass is the gateway connecting Manali to Leh and Lahaul – Spiti. However, it is the entire route of 479 km that is dangerous. The snow covered roads are prone to landslides, especially in regions that are enclosed with mountains on both sides. This is seventh on our Scariest Roads Of India list.
8. Nathula Pass: The Pass of the Listening Ears
Location: Indo-Chinese border, 54 km east of Gangtok, near Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim
What makes it scary: The route is prone to landslides during monsoons and snow sludge in winters. Besides, the curved roads are slippery. This is eight on our Scariest Roads Of India list.
9. Neral – Matheran Road: Slippery Roads and Sharp Turns
Location: Raigad District, Maharashtra. The road begins at Neral at an elevation of 40 m above sea level. The 8.9 km road takes you to Matheran, located at an elevation of 800 m above sea level.
What makes it scary: The average elevation gain is 8.5% per stretch, with a total gain of 760 m. The steep and narrow sections are followed by hairpin turns. Also some of these sections are even without guard rails. To add to the woes of the drivers, rains make the roads slippery and may even cause landslides. However, the occurrence of landslides is very rare.
10. Sela Pass: Curvy Leisurely Road to Hell
Location: Tawang District, Arunachal Pradesh – The road connects the Buddhist city of Tawang Town to Tezpur and Guwahati.
What makes it scary: The high mountain pass is located at an elevation of 4,170 m above the sea level. But its winding design, sharp turns, and slippery curves can be fatal. Moreover, the road is covered in snow for most of the year. This also adds to the driving difficulty of the travelers. Furthermore it is suggested to drive really slow and not get lost in the panoramic views.
While all of these roads and highways to hell really scare everyone? Also please share with us your experiences on these most dangerous roads in India. Furthermore please add anything which I might have missed.