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Most Dangerous roads of the world

It is hard to explain about all the dangerous roads as there can be numerous, many that we don’t even know of. The roads that are told about here are the ones which are mostly travelled on and are equally known. The intensity of danger on these roads vary according to their situation and obviously the precautions taken while driving. Even a little mistake can prove to be fatal at times while driving and these roads are those where such mistakes should be avoided all the time.

 

Coastal Roads, Croatia

The road of the Adriatic Sea along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia probably sees more deaths in accidents and injuries than the accidents that are associated with the landmines that the Yugoslavian war left behind.

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Grimsel Pass of Switzerland

Connecting the valley of Rhone river, Grimsel pass is situated near the glacier of the river. Being 2165m high, this Swiss valley pass can be really dangerous at times. The drive can be rough.

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Tunnel Guoliang, Taihang Mountains, China

Situated in the Henan Province, Guoliang Tunnel in the Taihang Mountain of China was carved by a group of villagers to travel to the nearest Guoliang village. The villagers raised money to carve the road with tools and hammers. Being 1.2km long the tunnel is 13ft wide and 16th tall. The group of villagers who worked on the project was killed due to accident as the fall of the mountain is very steep. There are accidents happening every now and then.

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Halsema Highway in Phillipines

Located in the Cordillera Central mountain range on the Island of Luzon, Halsema highway has a very uneven texture. With occasional landslides and stone fall from the peak of the mountain, accidents are common to the highway.

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Karakoram Highway, Pakistan

This highest paved mountain road of the planet is situated in the Karakoram Mountain range in Pakistan. Connecting Pakistan to China, the road is paved at an altitude of 16000m. Being a popular tourist route, the drivers can sometimes suffer from altitude sickness while travelling this 800 mile unruly highway.

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Pan American Highway, Costa Rica

Being the ‘world’s longest motorable road’ according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highway stretches 30000 miles from North America to South America. A small portion of the road stretches through Costa Rica but is the most dangerous stretch and called ‘Hill of Death’ because it sees much tapered curves, landslides, etc.

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Sichuan Tibet highway, China

The road that connects Chengdu and Tibet has a common problem of landslides and rock avalanches. This road which is at a high elevation is almost 2028km long and sees a high number of accident rates every year.

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Skippers Canyon of New Zealand

Providing some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of New Zealand, the Skippers Canyon road is carved from schist rock and is about 22km long. With very dramatic turns and rowdy condition, the road is not a safe drive.

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Taroko Mountain, Taiwan

This mountain of Taiwan is 3268m high with hazardous roads. The travelling can be dangerous with unexpected road condition.

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“Road of Death”, The North yungas in BoliviaGrimsel Pass, Switzerland

The North Yungas Road in Bolivia which the locals call ‘Road of Death’ was built by Paraguayan war prisoners during the 1930′s and stretches across 40 miles along north-eastern Bolivia. It captures the first position of being the world most dangerous road as almost 100 travellers die there every year while trekking the curves.

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Cotopaxi Volcan Road, Ecuador

The 25 mile deceitful stretch that connects the Pan American Highway to the Cotopaxi Volcan National Park beholds the highly active volcano of Ecuador. The whole stretch is covered with potholes that are definite to give the driver a nightmare. Occasionally it invites flash floods when the rain is accompanied by storm.

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Khardung La Pass, India

Gateway to Shyok and Nubra valley, Khardungla pass is situated to the north of Leh in the Ladakh range. Opened in 1988 to motor vehicles but constructed in 1976, this pass is a popular place for biking expeditions. This pass provides an important linkage to Siache and is maintained by the BRO.

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Lysebotn Road, Norway

This road with very sharp curves, opens in May and closes in October. The road can be very intimidating because of the number of accidents that happen, otherwise the drive can be very beautiful when the weather is good.

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Len Manali highway, India

Open only during June to September when the road is cleared of snow by the BRO. Connects Manali to Kullu, Lahaul, Spiti and Ladakh. The view is beautiful but the drive can be scary sometimes.

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Ladakh roads, India

Also called the Little Tibet, Ladakh is situated between the Kunlun mountain range and the Great Himalayas. Being sparsely populated, Ladakh has beautiful mountain culture and the roads are equally uneven so driving should be done cautiously.

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Russian Siberian road to Yakutsk

This is the only road that connects Yakutia to the Russian federation. About 1235km long, the road is also called Lena because of the nearby Lena river. Past incidents confirm the impossible drive on this road because of its condition. The road is yet not rebuilt as it is not sure that it will become safe for a drive.

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Changla Pass, India

The main pass to Changtang plateau, Changla pass is a 5425m high mountain pass. With ocassional rough drive, the roads can be dangerous to less experienced drivers.

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Zoji La Pass, India

This high mountain pass located on the National Highway 1D is an important link between Ladakh and Kashmir. Mostly closed during winters, this pass is around 3528m elevated and is the second highest one. Drive can be dangerous due to the unsteady condition of the road.


August 26th, 2011    No Comments »

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