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The Scariest and Most Dangerous Roads in India

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Driving on Indian roads is like walking on a tight rope. You’ve got to be really careful with the wheels because of pathetic road conditions that could test the patience of even the most seasoned drivers. But you really deserve a medal if you’ve driven on the following Indian roads and highways. These are literally multiple highways to hell.

1. Zoji La Pass

The blink of an eye could land a vehicle straight down from an altitude of 3,538 meters! Zoji La Pass is one of the country’s most dreaded roads as it is frightfully narrow and covered in snow sludge round the season. You’ll come across this route while making your way to Leh from Srinagar. The pass is a major link between Ladakh and Kashmir.

2. Neral-Matheran Road
Neral-Matheran Road

This serpentine road will send your heart to your mouth for sure! The road, that goes up to Matheran from Neral, is as smooth as butter. But you cannot speed up due to its narrowness. If you don’t want to drive it, there are many share taxis that take tourists in hoards right up to Matheran.

3. National Highway 22
National Highway 22

The name ‘highway to hell’ seems more appropriate for this scary highway than the current unassuming National Highway 22. Touted as one of India’s most dangerous highways, the road here makes you cut through a mountain. In the process, death looms over you in the form of cliffs and tunnels all around. National Highway 22 was also featured in the History Channel’s “IRT Deadliest Roads” TV series for its poor maintenance and hazardous condition.

4. Leh-Manali Highway
Leh-Manali Highway
Driving on this route is a massive pain, because the highway is always ‘traff**cked’ and you move at a snail’s pace. When the snow-laden road thaw with frost heaves, several trucks and four-wheelers are said to have suffered irreparable damage.

5. Three level Zig Zag Road
Three level Zig Zag Road

Located in Sikkim, these spiral roads make for the most scenic views. At 11,200 ft above the sea level, this road will give you the best view of the Himalayan crown. The curvy roads will send your head into a tizzy even if you’re sitting on the backseat. You need special permits to pass through, as the road is not for the faint-hearted!

6. Khardung La Pass
Khardung La Pass

Under the army’s close inspection, this pass is covered with hairpin turns that will have the most seasoned drivers fearful. Khardung La Pass gives you an entrance to Nubra Valley and remains closed annually from October to May due to harsh conditions.

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