If you like living life on the edge, where you want to experience thrill, ride on rough roads and let the adrenaline flow, this is for you. For many, riding on tough terrains is a passion and India has a lot of places where you can experience difficult terrains. There are many deadliest roads in India that are challenging and the scenic beauty draws you to such places.
There are many such places and we have shortlisted a few places where not only you will find the peaceful scenic beauty but will also witness the most difficult terrains to ride your beloved bike.
This doesn’t need much of introduction. Khardungla Pass is listed in Guinness book of World Records as the highest motorable road in the world. According to the locals, its actual height is 5,602 mt while its actual height is 5,359 mt above sea level.the pass is situated in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir State in India.
So if you are bike junkie this ride here will take you on a trip that is next level. The roads, here, are not paved and are slippery due to the frozen ice and dirt mix. The roads also have narrow trail with deep valleys on one side. There are steep drops along the entire route. The weather conditions here make it difficult to ride.
The best time to visit Khardungla Pass is from April to October as the conditions here are less extreme and is comparatively easier to ride in here.
It is a mountain pass in the eastern part of Sikkim, on the Indo-Chinese border, and serves as the trade link between India and China. Nathula Pass is at an elevation of 14,140 ft and is ranked amongst the highest motorable passes accessible by tourists. The dangerous mountainous pass is one of the oldest trading border posts connecting Tibet and India. The Nathula Pass has entrance gates of both countries (India and China) and military bunkers on both sides of the gates are stationed. On the Indian side, you would find some fortified military bunkers, a war memorial, an army exhibition centre, a military canteen serving hot tea and fresh snacks to tourists. The best seasons to go on bike ride here from May to mid-November. While you are here you should watch out for heavy snowfall in winter and heavy landslides in the monsoons.
Zoji La Pass:
If you are planning your next trip here, you are in for an adrenaline-rich treat. It is at an altitude of 3,538 mt above sea level and is considered to be one the important and most dangerous mountain passes in India. Zoji La pass is traversed on the important Srinagar-Leh Highway.
The road here is very narrow and easily gets muddy during rains. It becomes impassible during or after rain storms. The heavy snowfall, violent winds and frequent landslides make it one of the riskiest passes in the Himalayas. The best time to test your riding skills here is between months of April and August as the roads are less muddy and it is less risky and violent to drive through the dirt.
The route is in the east of Himachal Pradesh and not very far away from Ladakh. It is, however, not that famous Ladakh and has few tourists attracted here. The route, in terms of natural beautiful landsape and awe-inspiring roads, is fulfilling. The Hindustan-Tibet highway is the road that leads into Spiti valley and it makes sure that your adrenalin keeps flowing on the ride.
While driving, you will pass the highest villages of the world. Kaza, Tabo, Spiti and Pin valley are the parts that makes up for the real wilderness and inhabitant world and on the other hand,in the Baspa and Kinnaur regions, you will witness a world full of eye-catching apricot and apple orchards added with Satluj river views and snow-capped mountain peaks all around you.
The best time to go for a ride in here is between April and October as the conditions in Spiti Valley become bearable and journey the is not that hard during this time.
Ladakh and Kashmir:
The route begins from Manali via Ladakh and passes through Kashmir and is one of the most exciting motorcycling routes in the world. It comprises high mountain passes and steep valleys. This also has one of the highest motorable roads in the world-Khardung La. While driving through the roads through the passes, you will witness the intense atmosphere, the rich Buddhist culture and a feeling of being in heaven. This ride, is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The sand dunes of Nubra Valley, the path along the Zanskar river in Zanskar valley, the Buddhist monasteries of Lamayuru, the high altitude lakes like Pangong Tso, the beautiful city of Srinagar, all of these places are beyond amazing. The best time to visit these place is between April and August.