Roads and highways have been allotted a whooping amount of INR 97,000 crore for their development in the Union Budget of 2016. Many roads are in a dilapidated state and the cases of deaths on roads have gone up, specially on narrow roads with hairpin curves. This makes it clear that we need better roads and highways.
Forget bad maintenance, sometimes the very thought of the location of the roads itself will give you nightmares. Some routes are in such bad and dangerous conditions that they tend to give chills even to professional drivers.
The narrow roads, sharp turns, low hanging cliffs and harsh climatic conditions can lead them to the death bed, instead of the planned destination.
Out of the lot of many such roads we bring you a chosen list of the roads in India which would give you nightmares and also have a long history of claiming many lives in the past. But, nevertheless, there are the daredevils who get a thrill in driving on these roads. Have a look and decide which side you are on !
1. Khardungla Pass
The road is considered as the highest motorable road in the world. At an invincible height of 5602 m above sea level, the road is not well paved and is slippery due to the frozen ice and dirt mix. To add on there are the hairpin turns which would send chills down the spine of even the most experienced drivers of the region.
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2. Zoji La Pass
At an altitude of 3538 m above sea level, the road is scarily narrow and extremely slippery due to the year round snow and dirt mix. It gets more muddy during the rains and also blocked during storms. To add on the road witnesses very frequent landslides and at the blink of an eye the vehicle would land down straight from its height.
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3. Nathula Pass
One of the three open trading border posts between India and China, it is located in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim and about 430 km from Lhasa. The road gets blocked due to massive landslides and snow sludge making it a nightmare to drive through.
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4. Neral–Matheran Road
This serpentine road will scare you 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. The average elevation gain is 8.5% per stretch, with a total gain of 760 m. The steep and narrow sections are followed by hairpin turns. Some of these sections are even without guard rails.
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5. Chang La
At a breathtaking elevation of 5360 m above sea level, the road remains snow covered throughout the year, which makes the road slippery. Due to its high altitude one can feel the scarcity of oxygen while on this road. The low temperatures in the region add on to the travel woes of those commuting through this section.
6. Gata Loops
A series of twenty one hairpin bends is what you will come across when driving on the Leh-Manali driveway. The road is believed to be haunted by a ghost of a tourist who was buried here.
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7. Pune–Mumbai Expressway
The Expressway is prone to landslides apart from the fact that careless drivers overtake and zigzag their way which tends to cause some serious accidents. There are also cases reported of drivers falling asleep while driving.
A report reveals that there were around 14,186 accidents which took place between January 2006 and August 2014 in which 925 people died between January 2006 and June 2013.
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8. Sela Pass
The high mountain pass is located at an elevation of 4,170 m above the sea level. Its winding design, sharp turns and curves which are slippery, makes it fatal. To add on, the road is covered in snow almost throughout the year. So it is suggested to drive really slow and not get lost in the panoramic views.
9. NH 22
Seen as one of India's most dangerous highways, the road forces you to cut through a mountain and in the process death looms around you in the form of cliffs and tunnels. The narrow dark holes, the blind turns and the low overhanging rocks make this road highly deadly.
If you make one mistake, the vehicle will fall down into the Baspa River. If not the fall, the collision of vehicles around the blind turns are truly fatal. The name 'Highway to Hell' is apt for this National Highway.
10. Killar–Kishtwar Route
The road runs without any guard rails and has overhanging hills and sharp turns and is also narrow. Driving on this stretch is not meant for the faint hearted, it is sheer daredevilry. The road resembles a video game, blink and game over!