Razdaan Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.543m (11,624ft) above the sea level, located in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, in India. It’s one of the scariest roads in the world. The road is winding and bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters unprotected by guardrails.
The road to the summit, also known as Tragbal Pass, Razdan Top and Rajdhan Pass, is mostly paved, with concrete sections on the steepest gradients. It’s called Gurez-Bandipora Road. The pass connects dozens of remote and far flung areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) with district headquarter Bandipora in north Kashmir.
The pass is 58.8 km (36.53 miles) long, running from Kazalwan to Manrigam. It’s a scary drive, with dangerous drop offs fast icy winds and repeated snow accumulation. Once an integral part of the Silk route between Kashmir and Central Asia, today the road is lightly used, connecting Gurez with the rest of the state.
Set high in the Gurez Valley, the pass remains closed 6 months in a year because of huge amount of snowfall. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 2.5 and 3 hours. The road offers breathtaking views of the area. Not many people know the pass and hardly any tourists go this way.
Pic: Gurez Hut