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Khardung-La Pass: Khardung La, also known as Khardzong La, is a high mountain pass in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, near Leh. It serves as the gateway to Shyok and Nubra Valley. Khardung La is popular as the highest motorable road in India at an elevation of 5602 metres. 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.

Khardung La pass is a perfect getaway for adventure enthusiasts, peace seekers and mountain biking aficionados. An Inner Line Permit is required by the tourists to enter the pass and travel through it. Due to heavy rains and snowfall, the Khardung La pass remains closed from October to May.


Chang-La Pass: Gateway to the Changthang plateau in the Himalayan region is located at a height of 5360 meters. It is the third highest drivable Pass in India which is laden with snow throughout the year. A large number of incidents of choking due to breathlessness have been reported at Chang La Pass.


Spiti Valley: 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.

The road is 137km (85 miles) long and runs from Kaza to Gramphoo, at the foot of Rohtang Pass, in the Lahaul and Spiti district of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. There are no houses, no people, no vehicles to give way to, or anything to remind of the world we have left behind. Any SUV will probably be the best car: it doesn't matter if it is a 2 wheel drive or 4×4 but the good ground clearance an SUV offers will be of great help while traveling through Spiti.


Zoji-La Pass: 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.

The road to the summit is unpaved. It’s called National Highway 1 (NH1). It’s a spectacular mountain road pass, with stunning views and heart-stopping moments. Located within the Himalayas Mountain range, the long and winding road offers hell of an experience which challenges you and puts your riding skills to test.


Kinnaur Road: 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.

Part of the National Highway-5 (NH 5), the road is totally paved. In Kinnaur Valley the roads are built by cutting the hills in such a manner that at some places, these overhangs are left. Not only do they look stunning, but they also keep the road under them cooler than the outside temperature. The road is crisscrossing rivers on several occasions over wobbly suspension bridges. At many places, especially at the infamous Taranda ‘dhank’ (cliff) it is literally carved into the perpendicular cliffs with a vertical drop down to the turbulent Satluj.


Rohtang Pass: The name Rohtang means ‘ground of corpses’ or ‘pile of dead bodies’ due to the number of people who lost their lives trying to cross it. The road is certainly breathtaking. The pass sits on the watershed between the water basins of the Chenab River and the Beas River, and offers beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks, Lahaul Valley and the Chandra River.

The twin peaks of Geypan are also visible from Rohtang. Presently no vehicles are allowed to cross this stretch between 8 am to 12 pm daily as the BRO makes this stretch motorable. Due to the military significance of the highway and the need to keep it open the entire year, the Indian government began building the 8.5 km (5.3 mi) long Atal Tunnel (Rohtang Tunnel) in 2010 to bypass Rohtang pass for creating a much safer and faster year-around link.


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 of the, shooting of many Bollywood films.


Leh-Manali Pass: Topping the list of to-do road trips among youngsters in India is biking from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. Spanning over a distance of 479 km, this road gives you the journey of your dreams. Landscape awe-inspiring and surreal experience this is the review of the travellers. But some reviews also include the harsh realities of poor weather and pathetic road conditions in some places. This Dangerous road in India is totally worth the adventure!


This road is usually open for only about four and a half months in a year in summer between May or June, when the snow is cleared by the Border Roads Organisation of the Indian army, and mid-October when snowfall again blocks it. Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area.


Nathu La Pass: At an altitude of 4,500m above sea level, Nathu La was on the legendary Silk Road route, between India and Tibet. On a clear day you can see this route winding down the valley. To your east lies the magnificent Chomolhari peak of Bhutan.

You have to climb up a long stairway to get to the fenced Indo-China border. The guards on the Indian side are quite friendly, behaving almost like tour guides, answering all the questions coming from pesky tourists. The Chinese side, in contrast, is quiet, with hardly any tourists around. They obviously take their border more seriously than treating it as a mere tourist spot.


Like other high roads in India, this road is no different in rendering the life of adventure and horror, both at the same time. Access to the Pass is also not easy because of too much snow.

In recent times, there have been two incidents of strife here — in 1965, a firing took place because of a dispute around the location of the fenced border. And in 1967, a major confrontation happened here between the two countries when many lives were lost. Look for the memorial constructed in honor of Indian soldiers who lost their lives.


Three Level Zig-Zag 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.


This spiral road is located near Zuluk or Dzuluk, a small village located in the historic Old Silk Route from Tibet to India, on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim. There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy.

This extreme winding paved road climbs up to the Thambi view point, at an altitude of 3.413m (11,200 ft) above the sea level. This is the vantage point from where you can get an unhindered view of the Three Level Zigzag roads on the adjoining hills. This geometry of curves is matchless and during snowfall it takes a panoramic appearance that defies description. A trip to the area requires special permits. This few kilometers drive takes the tourists through a winding road which provides excellent sunrise views. Through the three level winding road on the adjoining hills with unique geometrical curves make thrilling experiences for visitors.


Kishtwar Kailash Road: This road is the lesser-known devil, located in the east of Jammu and Kashmir in the 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 the Kishtwar Kailash base camp located at a height of 6451 meters.


part of National Highway 26, and running along the Chenab river, the cliffhanger road is totally unpaved. It’s carved into the side of a cliff. The one-lane path had no guard rail and the overhanging cliff was so low that the cars barely fit, with over a 2,000ft drop, and rocks hanging down obstructing your view of oncoming traffic. This is a road hacked across a vertical cliff face and driving it is a spine tingling mix of heady exhilaration and sheer fear. This terrifying and narrow high mountain windy road has no guard rail or secure edging and views of the valley approximately 2000 feet below.


These places are Breathtaking Dangerous but beautiful too, try visiting here with proper medical check-ups and if you are fit to travel, these places are heaven.


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