Most Dangerous Roads in India :
Since long, road have been one of the safest and most efficient source of transportation. There are places which can’t be reached via airplane or ship, but can be reached through road. Roads are meant to lead us to our destinations, no matter whatever the weather condition or topography is. But there are some roads around the globe that are “Highway to Hell”. They are so furious in nature that they lead its travelers to death bed, instead of their destinations. These roads are death paths mostly due to their extreme locations in the mountains and remote terrains. The list below ranks the Top 5 most dangerous Roads in India.
Khardung La pass
Listed in Guinness book of world records, Khardung La pass is believed to be the highest motor-able road in the world. Local inhabitants claim that its actual height is 5,602 meter while its actual height is 5,359 meters above sea level. It is situated in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir State in India. These roads are not paved and are slippery due to the frozen ice and dirt mix. The road has a narrow trail with deep valleys on one side. There are steep drops along the entire route and weather conditions. At times, might make harsh conditions. This is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous roads in India.
Chang La pass
Having literal meaning “Pass towards the South”, Chang La pass is the third highest motor-able route in the world. The pass is at an altitude of 5,360 meters, situated in Ladakh, India. The road lies in the way to Pangong Lake from Leh and is also the gateway to Changthang Plateau in Himalayas. It is 134 Kilometer in long and has a quite cold and chilling climate with less oxygen. The pass is covered with snow throughout the year.
Zoji La Pass
At an altitude of 3,538 meters above sea level, Zoji La Pass is one the important and most dangerous mountain pass in the India. The pass is traversed by Srinagar-Leh Highway. The road is very narrow and easily gets muddy during rains and becomes impassible during or after Storms. The heavy snowfall, violent winds and frequent landslides make it one of the riskiest passes in the Himalayas.
Rohtang Pass is at an elevation of 3,979 meters above sea level and is located on the eastern Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. The path is situated about 53 kilometers from Manali and is crossed by Leh-Manali Highway. It connects the Kullu valley with the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti. The meaning of Rohtang, “Ground of Corpses”, itself suggests the dangers associated with it. The pass encounters huge inevitable traffic jams and is usually open from May to November. The path could be closed for infinite time due to heavy snow fall with constant sliding of hills and rain, the road gets covered with slush.
National Highway 22
National Highway 22 is one of the world’s deadliest roads. Located in India, the road has dangerous cliffs, poor bridges and tunnels, heavy traffic and very bad conditions.
National Highway 22 is 459 km (285 mi) long. The road starts asphalted in Ambala, a city in Ambala district in the state of Haryana. Suddenly, arriving to Kalka, in the Panchkula district of Haryana, in the foothills of the Himalayas, the road becomes a mountain road with extensive hairpin turns. The conditions at this point are extreme. Heavy traffic, dangerous cliffs, poor bridges and tunnels on a very narrow road poorly surfaced.