the world's most spectacular roads


Leh Manali Highway

The Leh-Manali Highway is a high mountain road situated in India. It spans over a length of 479 km (298 mi) among the Himalaya mountain range. It passes through some of the world’s highest mountain passes in the world, with a mean altitude in between 2 to 3 miles above sea level. Uncertain weather, high altitude, extreme cold and no civilization for miles make this a very treacherous track. Carry extra fuel and feel close to heaven.

Khardung La

Khardung La, at an elevation of 5,359 m (17,582 feet) above the sea level, is a high mountain pass located in the Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The narrow dirt road to reach the pass was built in 1976 and it was opened to motor vehicles in 1988. It’s one of the highest motorable roads in the world.

Mana Pass

Mana Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.610m (18,406ft) above the sea level, located in the Himalayas on the border between India and China. It’s one of the highest vehicle-accessible passes in the world.

Grand Trunk Road

The Grand Trunk Road is one of the of South Asia's oldest and longest major roads. The road, often called as the "Gernaili Sadak" (the Generals' Road) and Sadak-e-Azam ('The Grand Road') covers a distance of over 2,500 kilometres (1,600 mi). It was built by Sher Shah Suri. During the British rulers of colonial India, the road was renamed as the Grand Trunk Road. 

Kinnaur Road

Kinnaur Road is a scenic cliff-hanging drive through the seemingly bottomless Baspa river gorge in Sangla Valley in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh, India. 

Aut Tunnel

Located in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state, the Aut is one of the most dangerous tunnels in the world and has become very lethal for traffic coming from both side. It’s dark inside as there are just a few bulbs. There are no CCTVs or fire fighting facilities.

Keylong-Kishtwar Road

Terrifying high mountain trail, with a length of 114 km, located at the eastern extremity of the Kishtwar District of the Jammu region in Jammu and Kashmir, India. If your GPS ever thinks it's a good idea to drive on this road, it may be time to get a new one! It's a narrow, windy road with no guard rail or secure edging for about 100 miles, with views of the valley thousands of feet below.

Chang La

The Chang La (also known as Changla) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.360 m (17,590ft) above the sea level, located in Ladakh, in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.The pass, guarded and maintained by the Indian Army (due its proximity to Chinese border), is covered with snow throughout the year.

Jalori Pass

Jalori Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 10,800 ft (3.120m) above the sea level, situated in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, in India. The pass is the nearest mountain pass from Delhi, approximately 600 km away, and features on every adventure tourist’s map.

Shipki La

Shipki La is a high mountain pass and border post on the India-China border, at an elevation of 3.930 m (12,894ft) above the sea level. The border is no longer open for non-residents. The pass is traversed by the National Highway 5, the former NH22. 

Neral-Matheran Road

Neral-Matheran is a steep mountain road with a length of 8,9km, located in Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. 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 road.

Kolli Hills Road

Kolli Hills Road (also known as Kollimalai Ghat Road) is an extremely dangerous mountain road with a length of 46.7 km located in Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai, a small mountain range located in central Tamil Nadu in Namakkal district on the east coast of South India. The road includes 70 continuous hairpin bends.

Three Level Zigzag road

Three Level Zigzag road is probably the most dizzying road in the world. Located in the Sikkim Indian state, in the Himalayan mountains, the road includes more than 100 hairpins in just 30km. It's one of the most famous hairpinned road in the world. Get your adrenaline pumping on this exciting road.

Bum La

Bum La Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5,000m (16,500ft) above the sea level, on the Himalaya mountain range, in Arunachal Pradesh, at the Indo-China border. The road to the pass has disastrous conditions and only 4 wheel drives are allowed with competent driver.

Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass (or Rohtam 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. The pass is traversed by the Leh-Manali Highway. Every new season, the road crew has to struggle with their GPS to dig out the road buried under the layers of snow. However, massive and deadly landslides continue, giving the pass its name, which translates to ground of corpses.

Taglang La

Taglang La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.328m (17,480ft) above the sea level, located in Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, India.

Saach Pass

Saach Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.420m (1,4500ft) above the sea level, located in Chamba District, Himachal Pradesh, India on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.

Zoji La

The Zozila (also know as Zojila or Zoji La) is one of the important mountain passes in India. At an elevation of 11,575 ft (3,528 meters) above the sea level, the pass links Amid Leh in the Western Himalayan Mountain Ranges and Srinagar. This strip of rock is not the place for a Sunday drive. It’s 9km long, about 3,500m above sea level and provides an important link between Ladakh and Kashmir.

Highest roads of India

Located in the southern part of Asia, the terrain of the country is varied and often presents great challenges. The mountains of India are home to several elegant overnight facilities, boasting scenic views and fresh mountain air.

Munnar road

Munnar road is the name of the sharply winding and precipitous ascent in a a steep and narrow zig-zag road starting from Kochi, with a length of 130 km (about 3 hr). Although the road is smooth (NH 49), it is narrow, twisty and curvy. Kothamangalam is on the way and is 80 km away from Munnar. Between Kothamangalam and next town "Adimali", you can experience a beautiful cool drive through a natural forest. Alongside, you can see many refreshing waterfalls.

Spiti Valley Road

The Spiti Valley Road is one of the toughest adventure roads left on this planet. It’s located in a desert mountain valley, high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The road carved into the mountains is simply terrible. It's arguably one of the India's most dangerous roads. 

Niti Pass

Niti Pass is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.070m (16,633ft) connecting Uttarakhand, a state in the northern part of India and southern Tibet, an autonomous region of the People's Republic of China.

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