Sakhi Sarwar-Rakhni is an awe-inspiring road in Pakistan
The Sakhi Sarwar-Rakhni road, part of the National Highway 70 (N-70), is one of the most beautiful highways in Pakistan. There’s a high threat of terrorism, kidnap and sectarian violence throughout the country.
The road is 61.5 km (38mile) long and runs east-west from Sakhi Sarwar, a small town in the Punjab province of Pakistan and Rakhni, a town and union council in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. The road is totally paved, and has been recently improved (wider and safer) with the construction of a new bridge comprised of eight steel bridges. The hilly portion of N-70 had seven difficult turns to negotiate to climb up the high mountain of Girdo to reach for Munro or Bewata. The old road was constructed in the late 19th century by the British engineers. With the assistance of Japan, the Pakistani government completed in 2020 the Asia’s Second Largest Steel Bridge. This project was named as "Raakhi Gaaj Project". The cost of total project is 1.2 Billion rupees. It is constructed to mitigate the hazard of land sliding which affects the road as well as the vehicle passage.
The road, nicknamed as the Quetta Road, features 28 hairpin turns and tops out at 1.617m (5,305ft) above the sea level. It leads to Fort Munro, a hill station that attracts many people for short stays during the hot summer. Remember terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks. There’s a high threat of terrorism, kidnap and sectarian violence throughout the country. Foreigners, in particular westerners, may be directly targeted. You should be vigilant, try to avoid all crowds and public events including political gatherings and religious events.
Road suggested by: Jorge Manuel Gómez Sánchez
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