Himalayan bus ride is not for faint of heart


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Anyone considering a sightseeing trip in the Himalayas should be wary about which bus they board.

But don't take our word for it. Just watch the accompanying video clip, which reveals a harrowing and precarious Himalayan bus ride along a road that seems best left for mountain critters. (Video contains a single profane word.)

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There is a sheer cliff to one side and a gaping canyon that spills thousands of feet below immediately to the other. The road leads beneath at least one enormous overhang, beneath which the bus or van can barely fit, and through the middle of a cascading waterfall.

There is absolutely no room for error.

Numerous copies of the clip have been circulating on the Web for the past week. One of them mentions the possible name of the treacherous route: Pangi-Kishtar Road.

The man narrating the clip seems to be masking his fright with a humorous front. "Absolutely the maddest road I've ever been down," he says, nervously, after the driver of the vehicle negotiates the rocky overhang.

If nothing else, the clip may remind travelers about some of the scary roads on which they’ve driven.

Thankfully, the scariest stretch I've been on is a narrow strip of dirt road leading to a lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The dropoff is  perhaps 1,000 feet, and drivers are pressed to the edge of the precipice only if another vehicle is passing from the opposite direction.

It’s a bit harrowing for only a few seconds. Pangi-Kishtar Road, by comparison, is pure madness.

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