Thrill Seekers, Meet The Scariest Road In India
If heights make you nervous, this road in India is absolutely terrifying. We’ve got nothing domestically to compare it to, but here, you’ll get to see a bunch of British travelers taking a van ride down one of the most absolutely horrifying roads through the Himalayas. There’s no guard rails and it’s pretty evident there’s just a straight drop to the bottom some thousands of feet below. If you get stuck on this road, you’d likely have a real hard time getting out.
The closest thing in the United States to the scariest road in India is ‘Eye of the Needle’ pass in South Dakota. And even that is extremely tame in comparison to looking down and seeing nothing but a straight drop below. These British adventurers took it all in good stride, though, laughing and joking with the van driver.
Exotic Adventures In India
In India, guides get paid a pretty decent sum to expedite foreigners through extremely rough terrain. There’s no civil guidelines for the engineering of roads in India, so often it just comes down to what you can stomach rather than what’s safe. With a width of maybe eight feet total, the road is heavily degraded. (more…)
There’s one part where these British adventurers are passing underneath a running waterfall down the cliff side. If they weren’t already worried about the road giving way ben
There’s one part where these British adventurers are passing underneath a running waterfall down the cliff side. If they weren’t already worried about the road giving way beneath them, there’s a million gallons – erm, reasons – why they should consider a different path. But no, these guys don’t seem too terribly worried.
Okay, a little worried. Alright, at a few moments one of them is clearly laughing manically as they’re about to pass over a section of road that looks like it’s about to give way beneath them. In some parts of India, however, roads like these are the only way to reach some remote parts of the country. This particular road – so you know which road to tell your guide to avoid – is called the Leh Ladakh road and this particularly hairy pass is known as the Zojila Pass. The Zojila Pass is famous for losing trucks and vehicles. Believe it or not, there are parts of this road where drivers will try to turn it into a two way road. It’s clearly not even big enough for one.
Caution Needed On Crazy Mountain Roads In India
Because so many regions of India are literally inaccessible except by narrow roads like this one (or by helicopter), drivers have to get especially creative to avoid potential pitfalls. Aggressive regional drivers will try to swerve and cut each other off. No fear is present in these folks – but for Westerners traveling through, it’s absolutely terrifying. Just in case you were wondering, here’s a list of four other roads you’ll want to avoid at all costs – unless you enjoy death-defying drives.
• Karnali Highway (Nepal)
It’s a 155-mile stretch of treacherous terrain winding through the Himalayas. The Karnali Highway runs through western Nepal and, if estimates are to be believed, it takes the lives of some fifty people each year. Depending on weather conditions, the driving ability of the guide, and other factors – there’s always room to grow that number.
• Guoliang Tunnel Road (China)
The Chinese have an awesome sense of humor. They named this mile-long tunnel “Road that tolerates no mistakes,” and it sure doesn’t. This tunnel was chiseled into a mountain. It measures only 15 ft high by 12 ft wide. If you do visit, check it out on foot. There’s thirty carved windows into the side of the tunnel, making for stunning views and breath-taking panoramas.
• Federal Highway 1 (Mexico)
If you ever make it out onto the Baja Penninsula in Mexico, be sure to check out this 1,000 mile stretch of pure fear factor. The road curves and winds through dusty, dry rock crevasses and cliffs. To add a couple flavors of terrifying to the mix, other drivers may or may not have actually needed to pass a driver’s exam before hitting this road. So not only do you have to compete with mother nature and one of the most treacherous roads in the world – you’re also competing against other dumb-dumbs.
• Kabul-Jalalabad Highway (Afghanistan)
Okay, the reasons to visit Afghanistan are pretty few and far between. If there’s ever been something to go and see, it’s certainly not the absolutely terrifying roadways winding through the passes of the mountains of Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is predominantly mountainous, that pretty much means almost any road going from point A to B will likely be as frightening. The Kabul-Jalalabad is one of the most well known of these roads but certainly not the scariest. In order to get a true taste of driving fear, you’ll need to head out towards the Sang A Tesh valley out by Qal-e-naw. Before you get there, you’ll be on the K-J Highway, which has at least gone through some renovation due to the Army Corps of Engineers.
In conclusion, India, Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan all have some really terrifying roads. The worst part is – the views from these roads is completely worth it. You’ll never see a more beautiful view in your life than taking a chance on some of the literally worst roads in the world. We guess it’s just the price we have to pay to see life to its fullest.