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10 Most Dangerous and Deadliest Roads in India That'll Drive You Insane!

Are you up for an insane adventure? If your response is yes, then think twice because after reading this article, you might want to switch your decision. Today, we’re going to be discussing about the most dangerous and deadliest roads in India that are any driver’s nightmare!  

Bad maintenance and bad location of the roads makes it a very scary drive. With the narrow roads, low hanging cliffs, sharp turns, and extreme climatic conditions, these 10 dangerous roads might take you to death bed. So be careful!

Superb My Trip has handpicked these 10 most dangerous roads in India that you might want to avoid!

  1. Khardungla Pass 


First thing to know about Khardungla Pass is its height. At what height its located? This dangerous road is at a height of 5,602 m above sea level. More importantly, if you ever pass this road know that it is not paved and is very slippery due to the presence of frozen ice and dirt. The sharp turns of Khardungla Pass terrify even the most experiences drives of this region.

Location of Khardungla Pass: It is located in Ladakh on the Caravan Route that used to be the Silk Route between India and China.

  1. Kishtwar Kailash Highway 


This highway is so narrow that more than one vehicle cannot pass this at a time. It is by far the most dangerous road in India out of all. The overhanging cliff at this road is so low that a car would barely fit it. Filled with rocks and soil, Kishtwar Kailash Highway extends from Jammu and Kashmir to Himachal and leads you to Pangi Valley. Any wrong move at this road will take you 1000ft down into the river Chandrabhaga.

Location of Kishtwar Kailash Highway: Located in the eastern part of Kishtwar District of Jammu.

  1. Killar - Kishtwar Route


Route between Killar to Kishtwar is a replica of Kishtwar Kailash Highway, much like its twin. This route has low hanging cliffs, no guard rails, sharp turns, and of course, it is very narrow. You will want to think about passing this road even in the daytime. 

Location of Killar - Kishtwar Route: Pangi Valley, Himachal Pradesh

  1. Zoji La Pass


Zoji La Pass is located at an altitude of 3,538 m above the sea level. This road is extremely narrow and slippery due to the snow and dirt mix that is present throughout the year. Zoji Pass gets quite muddy in the rain because of which the roads get blocked during the storms. Moreso, the frequent landslides have made Zoji La Pass a scary road.

Location of Zoji La Pass: It is 9 km away from Sonamarg in Jammu and Kashmir.

  1. Changa La Pass


Known as the third Highest Motorable Route in the World, Chang La Pass is located at an altitude of 5,360 m above the sea level. The road has snow all year round and it makes the road slippery. Also, you will feel the change in your breathing as the level of oxygen is very less here. 

Location of Changa La Pass: It is located between Pangong Lake and Leh in Ladakh.

  1. NH22 Kinnaur Road


This rock-cut road is made to make Kinnaur more accessible. Taranda Thank is known for claiming several lives. The low cliffs, narrow roads, and hairpin turns make NH22 one of the most dangerous roads in India. Your one wrong move will make you fall deep into the Baspa river. Also, you need to be careful while driving on this road as collision of vehicles are truly dangerous.

Location of NH22 Kinnaur Road: It is located at the beginning of the Kinnaur region.

  1. Rohtang Pass


Rohtang pass is the passage connecting Manali to Leh and Lahaul - Spiti. It is an elevation of 3.979 m above sea level and is almost 479 km long dangerous route. The snow-capped roads are highly prone to landslides resulting in awful accidents, especially in the places that have mountains on both sides.

Location of Rohtang Pass: It is route pass that connects Leh to Manali and is 53 km away from Manali.

  1. Nathula Pass 


Known as the pass of the listening ears, Nathula Pass route is extremely prone to landslides and snow silt in winter months. Be careful while traveling here as the roads are very slippery.

Location of Nathula Pass: It is located 54 km east of Gangtok, near Tsomgo Lake and Indo-Chinese Border in Sikkim. 

  1. Neral-Matheran Road


The narrow and steep parts of this road are very dangerous which are followed by extreme sharp turns. The elevation is at 8.5 percent per stretch and have a total gain of 760 m. Drive carefully as some sections do not have guard rails. Seasoned and experienced drivers are very careful during the rainy season as the roads are slippery and even cause landslides. However, landslides are very rare.

Location of Neral-Matheran Road: It is located in Raigad District, Maharashtra. Neral-Matheran road starts at an elevation of 40 m above sea level and takes you to Matheran (8.9 km drive) located at an elevation of 800 m above sea level.

  1. Sela Pass


Sela Pass is located at an elevation of 4,170 m above the sea level. This high mountain pass is known for its sharp turns and slippery curves that can be very dangerous. Drivers can face difficulty here as there is snow all around the year. So, you are suggested to drive really slow!

Location of Sela Pass: It is located in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh. This road connects the Buddhist city of Tawang to Tezpur and Guwahati.

Let us know which road you find the most dangerous? Share your travel experience, if you have at any of the dangerous and deadliest roads in India.

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