11 Most Dangerous Places in India
When you think of travelling within India, you think of culture, history and lots of colours. India has a wide array of breath-taking destinations to offer to any traveller. Its got its beaches, forts, jungles, mountains, and it also has those places where not many travellers dare to go. Are you ready for a little bit of a challenge, adventures? Here are some of the most dangerous places to visit in India:
1. Rohtang Pass, Manali
Rohtang Pass (or Rohtam Pass) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3,979 m (13,054 ft) above the sea level, located on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. Situated about 53 km from Manali, it connects Kullu valley with Lahaul and Spiti which in turn provide access to Leh. Its only open from May to November and is so dangerous the Government of India is building an 8.8km tunnel as an alternative. Known for its scenic beauty, Rohtang Pass holds strategic importance for India. It remains off-limits from the rest of the country for over five months due to heavy snow deposits on the road. This pass is an ancient trade route between the people on either side of Pir Panjal.
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2. River Rafting in Mori
If you are an adventure enthusiast and lover water sports and particularly river rafting then this is the place for you in summer when the water level of river Tons is perfect for the River Rafting activity. Adventures of Rafting may be dangerous sometime!
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3. Stok Kangri Trek, Ladakh
Stok Kagri is one of the most adventurous itinerary summit in India and a must visit place for trekking lovers. However, for the first time trekkers it is not the right place as it is one of the toughest itinerary summits in India. No doubt Stok Kangri is the most beautiful and amazing place to trek but only few people are able to complete the whole trekking while many return back without completing it.
4. Kishtwar Kailash Road
The road between Kishtwar and the basecamp of Kishtwar Kailash, a 6.451m mountain, is one of the scariest roads in the world. Its located at the eastern extremity of the Kishtwar District of the Jammu region in Jammu and Kashmir, India. To reach this trail, you can arrive to this area from the west, taking the road over the Rohtang Pass from Manali to the Chenab Valley and then following the Darlang Valley to the base of the mountain. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness.
5. Thar Desert
Thar Desert will entrap you with its surreal, otherworldly beauty, but it is nothing short of deadly experience! Mostly located in Rajasthan and extending to parts of Gujarat, its the 17th largest desert of the world. The arid conditions are difficult enough to handle. The desert is also home to 25 species of snakes including deadly members like the Saw Scaled Viper, Black Cobra and Sand Boa. Be aware!
6. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
If you're scared of ghosts, you should probably skip this option entirely. Bhangarh Fort is one of the most famous haunted areas of India! It was built in the 17th century and its so frightening that villagers have settled outside its limits from the fear of violent spirits! As per a notice board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India, no one is allowed to remain at the premises of the fort at night. Really scared!
7. Kolli Hills, Tamil Nadu
This beautiful 1370 m high hill range is located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu, making up the southern part of the Eastern Ghats. Theyre gorgeous, sure, but the 70 hairpin bends that you have to negotiate to reach the top of the hills will give nightmares even to the most experienced drivers! There is even a ghost story about the place that says that the spirit of a maiden tries to lure travellers to their deaths!
8. Rajabhatkhawa, West Bengal
Rajabhatkhawa is a small town located just outside of the Buxa Tiger Reserve in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal. You get special permits to enter the reserve here. You cant go inside the reserve without a guide because youll have to contend with forest fires, the occasional militant from Assam and poisonous weeds along the way, oh and tigers too. Sounds fun, doesn't it?
9. Bastar, Chattisgarh
The Bastar district in Chattisgarh is beautiful with its green forests and pristine rivers. Then why is it dangerous, you ask? Well, this lovely place is also swarming with Naxalites, and if the estimates of state officials are to be believed, there are around 5000 of them! The lovely woods provide the perfect cover for guerrilla activity!
10. Roopkund, Uttarakhand
This uninhabited, high-altitude glacial lake is locally known as Mystery Lake, which should be intriguing enough. But what's absolutely unnerving about this place is that hundreds of human skeletons that date back to the 9th century CE have been found at its bottom and edge. Located at an altitude of 16,499 feet, its a popular trekking destination. Are you ready to take it on?
11. Dras, Jammu and Kashmir
A town in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir that gained prominence during the Kargil War that took place between India and Pakistan in 1999, Dras is the second coldest inhabited place in the world only after Oymyakon in Russia. It is also called the gateway to Ladakh. Its bone-chilling temperature will make you think twice about taking a vacation!
Travellers, you've been warned! Visit only if you are a lion heart!
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