ISLAMABAD – The Karakoram Highway also known as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ has been listed among the world’s top beautiful roads of the world for its stunning views and for being a popular tourist attraction in the South Asian country.
Being a marvel of modern-day engineering, the massive roadway in such a grueling area has garnered massive tourism besides being an epitome of the China-Pakistan Friendship.
Wikicampers, a France-based website providing tourist services in parts of the world, termed the 1300 Kilometers highway ‘an ideal setting for the most dizzying road trip.’ It further applauded the two-way road saying ‘Let’s gain altitude again by taking the second highest asphalt road in the world’.
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The Karakoram Highway, also dubbed the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, is one of the most famous roads to travel in Pakistan if you’re an adventure lover looking for a thrill.
The initial construction of KKH rolled out in 1959 and opened to the public almost 3 decades later in 1986 after massive drilling and construction. According to a report, almost 810 Pakistani and 82 Chinese workers lost their lives during the landslides and falls, while building this mighty road.
The fearless road builders of China and Pakistan took almost 20 years to complete this 805-mile long highway which has been stretched over the hills, gorges, valleys, and rivers.
At least 15,000 personnel of the Pakistan Army along with Chinese workers came together to cut through one of the most difficult terrains around the globe. China is mainly involved in this mega project to enhance the relationship between the two countries including bilateral trade.
The Karakoram Highway starts from Havelian [near Abbottabad] and winds through a number of spots including Mansehra, Thakot, Besham, Pattan, Sazin, Gilgit Baltistan, and Hunza, connecting China’s Xinjiang.
Meanwhile, the other highways listed in the top list include the California State Route 1, Atlantic Road of Norway, Stelvio Pass of Switzerland, Dadès Gorges of Morocco, Viaduc de Millau of France, Spain’s TF 436, the Icefields Promenade of Canada, National Route 40 of Argentina, The Basque Corniche of France, The Transfagarasm Road of Romania, The Gorges du Verdon of France and The Great Ocean Road of Australia.
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