When you think of travelling within India, you think of culture, history and lots of colours. India has a wide array of breath-taking destinations to offer to any traveller. Its got its beaches, forts, jungles, mountains, and it also has those places where not many travellers dare to go. 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.
Here are the 10 most Dangerous places in India:
1. Kishtwar Kailash Road:
The road between Kishtwar and the base camp of Kishtwar Kailash is one of the scariest roads in the world. Located in the Kishtwar District of Jammu & Kashmir, the road in some places is only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered on one side by cliffs and on the other side by a drop of hundreds of meters into the valley unprotected by guard rails.
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2. Roopkund Lake-Uttarrakhand (Skeleton Lake):
Roopkund Lake is a glacial lake located at about 5000 meters in the Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand. In 1942, a forest guard stumbled upon hundreds of human skeletons on the banks of Roopkund. Over the years a number of expeditions by Indian and European scientists were attempted to resolve the mystery of their death. There were several theories suggested to explain these well preserved bones and skulls. One theory suggested them of being the remains of Japanese soldiers from World War II. Some theorized them of being General Zorawar Singh of Kashmir and his men, while others proposed them to be Mohammad Tughlak’s unsuccessful attempts to capture Garhwal Himalaya.
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3. Three level Zig Zag Road-Sikkim :
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!
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4. Rohtang Pass-Manali:
Rohtang Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3,979 m (13,054 ft) above the sea level, located on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. Situated about 53 km from Manali, it connects Kullu valley with Lahaul and Spiti which in turn provide access to Leh. Its only open from May to November and is so dangerous the Government of India is building an 8.8km tunnel as an alternative. Known for its scenic beauty, Rohtang Pass holds strategic importance for India. It remains off-limits from the rest of the country for over five months due to heavy snow deposits on the road. This pass is an ancient trade route between the people on either side of Pir Panjal.
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5. Rafting On River Tons:
Rafting on River Tons, the largest tributary of Yamuna, is considered the most challenging river rafting route in India. It offers one of the most technical river rafting expeditions and has plenty of rapids from grade 3 and 5, spaced with flat waters. An excellent river camping site, relaxing walks, ample angling opportunities and great white water make it an ideal getaway for adventure seekers.
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6. Kinnaur Road:
Kinnaur road will astound you with its cliff-hanging drives and dark narrow holes. A tiny mistake, and you will splash into the Baspa river that will take no time to swallow you. The valley road remains closed during heavy snowfall. If you ever get a chance to pass through this way, please be extra careful around the dangerous Taranda dhank which is infamous for claiming lives.
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7. Thar Desert:
Thar Desert will entrap you with its surreal, otherworldly beauty, but it is nothing short of deadly experience! Mostly located in Rajasthan and extending to parts of Gujarat, its the 17th largest desert of the world. The arid conditions are difficult enough to handle. The desert is also home to 25 species of snakes including deadly members like the Saw Scaled Viper, Black Cobra and Sand Boa.
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8. Silent Valley National Park:
Kerala houses one of the most spectacular national parks in the country. It is a tranquil piece of Greenland where jungles thrive in abundance with their bundle of birds and beasts. But alas, for all its natural exuberance, this leafy forest serves as the staple hideout of Maoist groups. So, any man who walks inside carries the risk of getting shot.
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9. Bhangarh Fort- Rajasthan:
If you’re scared of ghosts, you should probably skip this option entirely. Bhangarh Fort is one of the most famous haunted areas of India! It was built in the 17th century and its so frightening that villagers have settled outside its limits from the fear of violent spirits! As per a notice board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India, no one is allowed to remain at the premises of the fort at night.
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10. 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.
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