Mountain travel isn’t all about the climb. Sometimes it’s about the drive. That’s what these tourists shared when they took video of their “insane bus ride” through the Himalayas. They are driving along a dirt road that has no guard rails and is so narrow that only one car can navigate it. On one side is a sheer, sloped mountainside. On the other, a nerve-racking drop down to a river valley.
The man filming asks his friend Rob how far he thinks the drop might be and they guess 2000 feet. When the camera pans down at about a minute into the video viewers are treated to the “bird’s eye view” and it’s not for the faint-hearted.
They have to stop at one point soon after because not only is the road’s width challenging, their vehicle now has to contend with height as well. The roof rack of the car just might get stuck on a rocky enclave so one of the tour operators exits the van to navigate them around the corners safely.
Seeing this, the man filming declares, “The maddest road I have ever been down in my life.” And then comes the water fall….
The men are laughing throughout their experience, which they obviously find exhilarating. For ourselves, we think the drive looks pretty harrowing!
We’re not sure what road in the Himalayas they are travelling on because it isn’t named. Maybe it is part of Rohtang Pass, one of the most dangerous roads in India. It has an elevation of 3978m (13,050 ft) and is so named because of the number of people who have died on it. “Rohtang” means “pile of corpses” in Hindi.
Even if it’s not this road, the video alone tells us how scary and dangerous it is!