Margan Top is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.696m (12,125ft) above the sea level, located in Anantnag district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The snaky and uphill road to the summit is called Margan Top Road. It’s one of the most dangerous roads in the world. The route demands 100% concentration. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The road is all unpaved and potholed. The ascent is very steep needing a first or second gear drive.
Located within the Margan range, the road passes through alpine forest and lush green meadows. The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. It’s certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. Near the Margan top there are three very beautiful mountain lakes. Owing to its strategic position and remoteness, the picturesque valley of Warwan has been very important to militants as well as the Indian Army, and even till very recently was totally out of bounds for even people from Kashmir.
It still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. This adventurous road connects the remote and inaccessible Valley of Warwan and Marwah to Vailoo Anantnag. Due to inaccessibility and militancy Warwan Valley used to be referred to as the valley of death. With military presence the area has become comparatively safe now.
4x4 vehicle recommended. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs. There is an army police check post just before the final ascent to Margan top. ID cards and papers of vehicles are checked and entered in a register. The area is desolate and fearsome.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Aadil Hussain Wani