Razdan Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.557m (11,672ft) above the sea level, located in the Gurez valley of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. It’s one of the scariest roads in the world. The road is winding and in many places bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters unprotected by guardrails.
The road over the pass, called Bandipora-Gurez highway, is certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. The pass, also known as Tragbal Pass and Rajdhan pass, is closed 6 months in a year because of huge amount of snowfall.
Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. 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 road receives very heavy snowfall during the winter months. Most of the road is unpaved. The hardest part is cement.
The road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both). Once an integral part of the Silk route between Kashmir and Central Asia, it is a tenous link today, connecting Gurez with the rest of Kashmir.
Pic: syed faisal