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Risky Road Trips
Nothing feels as good as a road trip; beautiful views, restful days, discovering new places, all of these combine in a harmonious unison to lift your spirits. But maybe you’re the sort of strange cookie who finds that a tad boring. You prefer your panoramic views with a few spoons of hair-raising adrenalin.

Dangerous Road in the world

What makes a road an adventure? Narrow gravel tracks perched precipitously on mountainsides certainly up the ante. As do roads so far away from civilization that taking survival supplies is mandatory. Then there are routes that you must time right, or you’ll wish you’d taken a boat instead.

Rohtang Pass, India
Risk: landslides

Rohtang Pass, India

The Rohtang sits at about 4,000m over India. It’s only open from May to November and is so dangerous the Government of India is building an 8.8km tunnel as an alternative.

Zojila Pass, India 
Risk: altitude, livestock

Zojila Pass, India

Dodge livestock in India. This strisp of rock is not the place for a Sunday drive. It’s better suited to a Mars Rover than any manned vehicle. It is 9km long, about 3,500m above sea level and provides an important link between Ladakh and Kashmir.

Yungas Road, Bolivia
Risk: going off the edge

Yungas Road, Bolivia

The very good news about this dirt road is that you don’t have to take it. Back in the ’90s before an alternative and safer road was built, it was identified as the most extremely dangerous road in the world. Only thrill-seeking adventurers use it now. The thin road climbs jungle-clad mountains to a height of 4,650m, winding and turning all the while with nauseatingly deep canyons below.

Dalton Highway, Alaska
Risk: Get food and survival supplies (compulsory)

Dalton Highway, Alaska

Feel like getting away from civilization? Then this is the highway for you. Few roads in the world offer the degree of isolation as The James W. Dalton Highway. Make sure you pack plenty of supplies because there are only three villages along this 666km road through the wilderness. Linking Fairbanks and oil fields to the north, huge trucks are its main traffic. Giving them right of way is one of road rules; the other is taking survival supplies and knowing how to use them.

Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
Risk: tight driving

Guoliang Tunnel Road, China

Probably one the most famous tunnels in the world, the 1.2km long, 4m wide Guoliang Tunnel Road requires monk-like focus to drive. Even one mistake, locals say, means big trouble in little China.

Tianmen Mountain Road, China
Risk: The Picture says it all!

Tianmen Mountain Road, China

Located in China’s fantasy world-like Tianmen Mountain National Park, this road has 99 bends as it winds 11km up to an elevation of 1,300m.

Passage de Gois, France
Risk: does your car have a snorkel?

Passage de Gois, France

Take your truck for a swim in France. Pack an inflatable boat for driving this 4.3km road because just say for some crazy reason you mix up the tide times, then – like vehicles in the past – you might disappear beneath the salty brine. Located on France’s Atlantic coast, the road floods twice daily with incoming tides and as the tides go out slippery seaweed is left all over it.

Karakoram Highway, Pakistan
Fun fact: Highest paved road in the world

Karakoram Highway, Pakistan

It's the road to paradise – if you like exploring the mountains, that is. It's also the road David Lama took on his way to climb Masherbrum, regarded as one of the world's hardest alpine climbs.

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Spectacular Bridges
May be they are not the highest, biggest and longest bridges, but they are more beautiful and iconic bridges ever built by man ever. Marvel of human creations, for centuries they acts as source of bridging the gap and bringing people close. Standing tall for generations, some of these bridges have become the embodiment of identity to their nations and icons of pride for their cities because of their influence and architectural wonder. As a tribute to these iconic bridges, we have prepared a list of ten most beautiful bridges.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, United States

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, United States

Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco are synonymous to each other. Passion, hard work and risk taking are all that associated with the erection of the Golden gate bridge –one of the seven wonders of the Modern World.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, United States

The remarkably beautiful and imagination of the architect Joseph B. Strauss, this bridge took seven years to build and opened in 1937. All painted in orange, it is a suspension bridge spanning the golden gate, the strait between San Francisco and Marin County to North.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia

You can walk it, drive it or just pose in front of it, Sydney Harbour Bridge never disappoint you whether it is day or night. Affectionately known as the 'Coathanger', Sydney Harbour Bridge is the most scenic bridge of the Australia. Amidst the beautiful vistas, standing 440 feet above Sydney harbor, it is the largest steel arch bridge.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia

Influence by the Hell Gate bridge in New York City, it took eight years to build and opened for public in March 1932. It is noteworthy that bridge is not completely stationary and can rise or fall up to 18 cm during hot and cold days due to expansion or contraction of the steel.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York, United States

Brooklyn Bridge, New York, United States

Quite famed among the tourist, you will love a leisure walk along this oldest suspension bridge in the United Sates which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn and crosses the East river.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York, United States

Situated exactly behind the skyscrapers of New York City, it was built in 1883 and presents a perfect mix of light and color for shutterbugs to capture the moments. Since its opening, it is gracefully adorning the New York and become one of the National historic Landmark of USA.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

For shopping lovers it is an ideal place where they can enjoy strolling among the spectacular views of the Arno River and shopping at the same time. Adorned with beautiful shops of jewelry, art dealers and Souvenir sellers on both sides, it is a medieval bridge over the Arno River in Florence; the only Florentine bridge to survive World War II.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Being Europe’s oldest closed arched stone bridge, it has rich historic past that dates back to Roman times. Houses lined up along the span are other major attraction of this

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, England

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, England

Nicknamed as the “Winking Eye Bridge”, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, claim many accolades and appreciation for its architecture. Inaugurated by the queen in 2002, it connects the south bank of Gateshead's Quays and the north bank of the Quayside of Newcastle across the River Tyne.

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, England

Counted among the one of the few bridges in the world that tilts, it is bridge worth exploring. When it is titled one way, it turns into a normal pedestrian bridge and when it is titled the other way it’s an open way for boats and ships beneath.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China

Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China

Days and nights are equally beautiful at the Hangzhou Bay Bridge. With sprawling sea all around wherever your eyes go, it is the longest cross-ocean Bridge in the world and the second longest bridge after the lake Pontchartarain Causeway in America. It connects the Zhengjiadai in Jiaxing in the north to the Shuiluwan in Ningbo in the south of Zhejiang Province.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China

Built within the world’s most complicated sea environment this bridge is supported with a cable stayed design to withstand adverse conditions in an area prone to earthquakes, typhoons and strong tidal forces.

Moses Bridge, Netherland

Moses Bridge, Netherland

Have you ever seen a bridge that divides water apart? If no then you should definitely visit Moses Bridge, Netherland. Located in Netherland, this sunken bridge was built in the 17th century as an access way to the Dutch Fort.

Moses Bridge, Netherland

Designed by RO & AD Architects, it is made entirely from wood and is waterproof. As you step on the bridge it would create an illusion that you are strolling through water as it blend itself with the landscape.

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

If you are planning a trip to Switzerland, then don’t miss the opportunity to visit Chapel Bridge - one of the most beautiful bridges of the Switzerland. This oldest wooden bridge is a 204 meter long which crosses the river Reuss in the city of Lucerne.

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne, Switzerland

Inside of the bridge is adorned with a series of painting from the 17th century, depicting the great historical past of Lucerne. It was constructed in 1333 with the purpose of protecting the city from attacks.

Millau Bridge, Creissels, France

Millau Bridge, Creissels, France

It is no less than wonder. The spectacular views from the bridge make anybody to halt at it. The Millau Bridge is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world that spans the valley of the river Tarn near Millau in southern France, with one mast's summit at 343.0 meters above the base of the structure.

Millau Bridge, Creissels, France

This Cable-stayed road-bridge was designed by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster.

Tower Bridge, London, England

Tower Bridge, London, England

Who don’t know about the Tower Bridge, London-the iconic symbol of London? Close to Tower of London, it is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, over the River Thames.

Tower Bridge, London, England

The bridge consists of two towers, tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the forces of the suspended sections of the bridge. Quite famous among the people, it witnesses a large influx of tourist every year.

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Does the unboundedness of the roads entice you to explore its vividness? Do you have courage to lose yourself on uncharted paths and experience the thrill of the finding the way back home. Are you a motorbike aficionado who wants to conquer the world on the motorbike or just want a weekend escape, then India is definitely a place worth exploring? The recent travel boom in India has opened the new doors to motorbike travelling. The vivid rough terrains, landscapes and valleys present a perfect trail/roadmap for the motorbike enthusiasts in India where you can dwell deep into the woods, feel the liveliness in the stillness of the sand dunes, experience the heat in the bone chilling cold of snow wrapped passageway, see your hair raises by riding bike on the edge of the steep valleys and soaked up into the vastness of the sea and much more. Here we bring the best Indian routes for bike lovers.



Manali- Leh

No doubt route from Manali to Leh is among the one of the best Motor Bike Tracks. Considered among the most difficult motorbike routes, the whole terrain from Manali to Leh is highly unpredictable and needs lots of physical stamina and preparation in advance. Despite the harsh weather conditions, thin air, tough climbs; it is still successful in notching the top position as the favourite route among the motor bike Expeditors.


Ride along the Alpine forests and meadows in Manali through steep valleys in Lahul, sprawling plains at Sarchcu and Ladakh, a land with a hue of orange, red and brown. Embedded with turquoise lakes, ascending barren but picturesque landscapes with blue clear sky above head and spiritual ambience echoed with the chanting of Buddhist mantra, this route is once in life time exploring opportunity.



Spiti Valley

Tucked among the high mountain ranges, Spiti valley is as beautiful as Manali-Leh. This desert mountain valley offers a breathtaking motor biking route which is not everyone’s cup of tea. The awe inspiring roads amidst the beautiful ambiance encompasses amazing and breathtaking views of Kullu- Manali , remoteness of Kaza, Tabo, Spiti and Pin valley supported by the adrenaline rushing drive through apple and apricot orchids and snow capped shrines of Baspa and Kinnaur with Satluj in the backdrop.


Counted among the most treacherous but surprisingly beautiful roads of the world, motor biking through the woods, ice cold water streams and rough terrain with abrupt climatic change and bone chilling nights is not for faint hearted people.



Arunachal Pradesh

May be Arunachal Pradesh is a lesser known state, but it offers one of the toughest and veritable biking track that needs to have knuckled down approach. Hanging bridges, majestic mountains, dry river beds, dense jungles, turquoise streams, slush and sand laden tracks make this state an ideal destination to set on the wheels.


Arunachal Pradesh literally means ‘the land of dawn lit mountains’ takes one into crazy ride expedition through its bumpy and off beaten road tracks enough to rush in gusts and test your driving skill to the max .


Thar Desert

Popularly known as the Great Indian Desert, bike riding in Thar Desert has been uncanny yet enjoyable. Unlike other part of the country, riding in the Thar Desert will leave you wonder-struck with its varied and barren tracks that take you through the former majestic kingdoms, colorfully ornamented alleys, high and low sand dunes, golden sandy plains, low barren hills and rural Rajasthan.


Low and erratic rainfall with temperature rising up to 50 degrees at times could give tough time to a trained bike rider even. Tour to Thar Desert all along through Ranthambor, Barmer, Jaisalmer and Bikaner, is extraordinary and gives you an opportunity to explore new and remote part of Rajasthan and neighboring states.


Rann of Kutch

Have you ever imagine of running wild and crazy on the roads, if yes, then Rann of Kutch is the perfect choice to give wings to your imaginations. Situated in the heart of the Thar Desert with India on one side and Pakistan’s Sind province on another, this marsh land is a blessing for speed lovers. As the wheels touch the hard ground of the extensive pathways, your two wheeler would start talking to the wind.


Perfectly carved roadways of the Surendranagar, Dhrangadhra, the Great Rann of Kutch, the little Rann of Kutch and Banni Grassland would definitely take a person by storm. Night ride in the beautiful starlit sky is a great way to experience the rustic life of Rann of Kutch.


NH 17

Love to explore the vastness of the sea and get drenched into the water, then N17 is indeed the first choice that offers you the pristine and picturesque views of the white sand beaches, swaying palms lining the seashores and eye dazzling views of the sunrise and sunset.


Flicks like Bombay to Goa has gracefully captured the magnificence of this biking track which run all the way from Mumbai, Maharashtra to Edappally in Kerala and allow you to run riot into thrilling ride along the heart capturing views of the west coast of India. However, it is among the busiest roadways, but still no other coast, route can be compare with the sheer bliss of riding into the remote place and unravel the best kept secret.


Shillong- Cherrapunjee

Bristles with the mind –blowing landscapes and evergreen forest, the beauty of motor biking tracks from Shillong to Cherrapunjee is beyond words. This 60 Km riding track has everything that one need to feel alive and excited.


Tropical forest, curvy roads with sharp edges, cascading waterfalls and hill tops can behold any first timer with its mystified beauty. Hilly terrains may make your trip bit challenging, but it is worth exploring, so what are you waiting for, prepare your gun and get lost into the most amazing stretch.


Bangalore to Bandipur Forest

Go and explore the wonders of the forest. This riding track from Bangalore to Bandipur is perfect to unwind and distress yourself at weekends. Sun playing hide and seek amidst the tree, encounter with wood dwellers like deer on the way will give you the perfect start for the day.


This charming roadway will take you on an enchanting journey of forest reverberating with melodies of birds, roars of animals and the crackle of insects, totally out of the world experience.


East coast of Tamil Nadu

East coast of Tamil Nadu is a fascinating and offbeat route where you can explore the vivid color and amazing culture. Seeing people engaging in their daily chores, roadside markets with sights of vast shores of the sea and Bay of Bengal, all along are icing on the cake.


Ride along this off beaten yet sassy route will lure you with amazing views of the French settlement, Adam Bridge and Mahabalipuram Temple.


Valparai and the Vazhachal Forest



This route is no less than a romantic counter. Covered with tropical evergreen rainforest engulfed in mist and cloud, this route connecting Pollachi in Tamil Nadu to Chalakudy in Kerala is definitely the best monsoon riding route of the country.


Coupled with stunning waterfalls, wildlife sightseeing and innumerable beautiful tea plantation, it is a terrain with uncertainty –a paradise for explorers.

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