Spiti Valley

Breathtaking road routes in India

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Kashmir, 18 April: Roads are meant to take us to our destination but there are many breathtaking routes which often led to the death bed to travelers due to various reasons.

Whether it is weather condition or topography, many times travelers loose control in these tracks which are like “Highway to Hell”.

Here are the top hilarious and thrilling road routes that are seriously dangerous due to their extreme locations in the mountains and remote terrains or forests.
1. Ladakh and KashmirLadakhThis is no doubt a real heaven on earth, the route which begins from Manali via Ladakh and passes through Kashmir is one of the most exciting motorcycling routes in the world. The route passes through high mountain passes and the steep valleys, one of the highest motorable roads in the world (Khardung La).
The intense atmosphere, the rich Buddhist culture and a feeling of being in heaven, makes one’s ride a lifetime experience.
While planning a ride here, one is spoilt for choice. The Khardung La top, the sand dunes of Nubra Valley, the path along the Zanskar river in Zanskar valley, the Buddhist monasteries of Lamayuru, the high altitude lakes like Pangong Tso, the beautiful city of Srinagar, they all look equally worth visiting.

The Best time to travel here is April to August.

2. Spiti ValleySpiti ValleyThe Spiti Valley route in east of Himachal Pradesh which is not so far from Ladakh, but it is not that much known as the previous route. However the route takes us to the beautiful landsape and awe-inspiring roads. The Hindustan-Tibet highway is the road that leads into Spiti valley and it surely makes your adrenalin keeps flowing on the ride.

This travelling on this way takes us the highest villages of the world. While Kaza, Tabo, Spiti and Pin valley make up for the real wilderness and inhabitant world, the Baspa and Kinnaur areas are worth mesmerising with eye-catching apricot and apple orchards added with Satluj river views and snow-capped mountain peaks in the background.
Best season to go: April to October

3. Zoji la Pass

Zoji la pasZoji La Pass, which is at an height of 3,538 mt above sea level is one of the most dangerous mountain pass in the India. The pass is traversed on the important Srinagar-Leh Highway.

The road is very narrow and also gets muddy during rains and becomes impassible during or after heavy downpours. The heavy snowfall, violent winds and frequent landslides make it one of the difficult passes in the Himalayas.

Best time to go: April to August
4. Rohtang PassZoji la pasRohtang Pass is at an altitude of 3,979 mt above sea level and is located on the eastern Pir Panjal range of Himalayas. The path is about 53 km from Manali and is crossed by Leh-Manali Highway. It joins the Kullu valley with the valleys of Lahaul and Spiti.

Rohtang which means ‘Ground of Corpses’ itself suggests the dangers of travelling via this way. The pass encounters huge inevitable traffic jams and is usually open from May to November. The route could be closed for infinite time due to heavy snow fall with constant sliding of hills and rain, the road gets covered with slush.

Best season to go: April to October

5. Nathu La PassNathu_LaNathula Pass is a mountain pass in Eastern Sikkim, on the Indo-Chinese border that is the trade link between India and China. Nathula Pass nestles at an top of 14,140 ft and ranks amongst the highest passes accessible by tourists via motorable road. Nathu means “Listening ears” whereas La means “Pass”.The Old Silk Route through Lhasa, Sikkim and Eastern India used to cross through Nathula Pass.

This mountainous pass is one of the oldest trading border posts joining Tibet and India. The Nathula Pass is marked by Entrance gates of both countries (India and China) and military bunkers on both sides of the gates. On the Indian side, we will see some fortified military bunkers, a war memorial, an army exhibition centre, a military canteen serving hot tea and fresh snacks to tourists.

Best season to go: May to mid November

6. Khardung La PassKhardungThe place which is already covered space in Guinness book of world records, Khardung La pass is the highest motor-able road in the world. Local inhabitants claim that its actual height is 5,602 mt while its actual height is 5,359 mt 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.

Best season to go: April to October

7. MeghalayaMeghalayaThe ride through the wettest place on the plane is a mix of unique culture, extremely pretty women, some of the highest waterfalls in the country, the cleanest village in India and the living root bridges of Nongriat. The drive from Assam to Meghalaya to the wettest place in the world is enthralling with deep ravines on the road throughout, great pin turns and dangerous slopes.

Best Season to go: October to February

8. Kolli HillsKolli hillsThis route’s important point is 70 continuous hairpin bends. The Kolli hills or also infamously called as the mountains of death is one of the best routes for edge of the seat ride. This hill station, which is in Tamil Nadu, on the Eastern Ghats is worth visiting for its tropical climate, famous waterfall called Agaya Gangai and the old Shiva temple. This route is dangerous but yet thrilling and makes for an ideal ride from Bangalore.

Best season to go: All year around

9. Chalakudy (Kerala) – Pollachi (Tamilnadu) RoutevalanThis is one the best monsoon ride in the country. This route goes through the beautiful rain forests of the Western Ghats starting from Chalakudy in Kerala, heading west beside the Chalakudy river via Athirapally-Puliyilapara-Malakkapara-Sholayar-Valparai- Aliyar and finally reaching Pollachi in Tamilnadu, across the western ghats. The famous Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls are on this route.

This pass connecting Pollachi in Tamil Nadu to Chalakudy in Kerala is covered with some of the best cloud forests, tropical rainforests and evergreen forests in the country.

Wefornews Bureau

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