When it comes to enjoy long drives, Indian roads are fun and bikers love it the most. There are several adventurous roads in India that are loved by adventure lovers. Though everyone enjoys road trip on the mountains, there are several amazing attractions for biking in these roads. You may travel at such heights to het such a great impact. If you still don’t know about the world’s highest motorable roads in the country, let’s take a look on them.
Khardung La or Khardung Pass is the mountain pass in Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir. It is located north of Leh valley and the entrance to the Nubra and Shyok valleys. Constructed in 1976, Khardung Pass was opened to motor vehicles for public in 1988. Since then, several motorbikes, mountain biking and bike expeditions have been taking place. The pass is strategically maintained by Border Roads Organization and is very important to the country to carry supplies to Siachen Glacier. It is located at the altitude of 18380 ft.
Located in the northern Himalayan ranges, Dungri La or Mana Pass is the oldest motor road in the world between Tibet and India borders. Currently, it seems to be the highest motorable pass in the world. The road was constructed for military in 2005-2010 by Border Roads Organization and seen on visible globe systems as imagery like Google Earth on 2011. This gravel-dirt road is located higher on Indian side and new one on Tibetan side and it is located at the altitude of 18406 ft on Indian side.
Marsimek La or Marsimik La is located around 18314 ft. above the sea level. In Chang-Chemno Range of North India, it is the highest mountain pass which is located 96 km east of Leh. It is located around 20km northeast of Pangong Lake and it is on the shortest route from there. It is 4 km west of steep 6000 to 6500m ridgeline.
Donkia Pass or Dongkha La is the highest mountain pass in the Himalayas at the elevation of 18000 feet. It is connecting Sikkim with Tibet. The pass is located on North Sikkim which provides a panoramic view of Tibetan Plateau. The Teesta River emerges from the nearby Tso Lhamo Lake which is 2.5 km wide and 6.5 km long. Teesta is also fed by Gurudongmar Lake.
Photi La is one of the recently opened passes in Ladakh. On average, it is located at the altitude of over 18124 ft that is high due to the landscape. Over this pass, a new road gives access to Koyul and is still being tarred. But it gives the view that makes you feel all the pebbles and bumps on the road.
It is the high mountain pass which is located around 17841 ft. above the sea level. It is located in Ladakh region of J&K. Foreign drivers can reach this highest pass of the country. It gives serene surroundings around Yaya Tso and Hor La.
Located at the altitude of 17590 ft, Chang La is another highest mountain pass in Ladakh region. It is the second highest motorable pass worldwide. One can approach it from Leh through Sekti and Kharu village through asphalt road. You have to drive carefully in this steep climb.
Positioned on the higher mountain ranges from Leh to Manali, Tanglang La is yet another amazing place. You can really enjoy biking here and explore a lot of things.