Toughest Roads in India
This one is for all those adrenaline junkies out there, the ones who only get their dose of satisfaction from venturing into the extremes life has to offer. Being a biker, a part of you must already relate to this, after all, we get on that bike to be intoxicated by the rush that comes with the freedom to fly at ground level! If your ordinary bike ride isn’t cutting it for you these days, we’ve brought you the ultimate list of roadways that’ll get your blood pumping and at times, your eyes watering.
India is known to have some of the toughest terrain for bikers. A country dotted with mountains, with peaks that seem to touch the sky — cruising through these passages is a true test of your endurance, stamina, and motorcycling skills. Next time you’re planning a bike trip, point your compass in these directions to satiate your desire for adventure.
Once upon a time more famous as the silk trading route between India and China, it is now recognized as the highest motorable pass in the world. Nestled in the Himalayan mountain range in the Ladakh region of India, Khardung La is at a height of 5602 meters. Many riders, in the summer months, surrounded by the astonishing beauty of the Himalayas, take on the satisfying challenge of riding this pass with their bikes.
At a height of 5360 meters, it is the third highest motorable pass in the world. Chang La is the main gateway to the Changthang Plateau located in the Indian Himalaya. It is found on the way to the magnificent Pangong Lake from Leh, Ladakh. The road is so high up that while travelling you can feel the lack of oxygen. It is definitely not for the faint hearted.
Found in the southwestern parts of Himachal Pradesh, this road is carved out of hard rock, inspiring a feeling of fear that it might collapse at any moment, although that isn’t the case. The narrow lanes and abrupt sharp turns have led to one too many road accidents, so drive very carefully.
At a height of 3979 meters, this pass connects Kullu Valley to Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Heavy rains and landslides make it quite a dangerous route to take at certain times of the year.
This pass is the bridge between India (Sikkim) and China. At a height of 4310 meters, it becomes quite perilous to cross during the snowy winter and monsoon.
A well-travelled religious route, found in the highlands of the Eastern Ghat. Tirupati is known for its loops and steep inclines. Riders should be extra careful.
Before you set out on one of these exciting routes, find out about live trails of gallant riders who have dared to venture these roads on the Trails Of India website. Visit www.trailsofindia.com soon and create trails that tell your tale.