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The roads are the only thing that lie between you and your destination. These roads can be charming and deadly at the same time. Newsgram brings to you a list of the five most dangerous (and beautiful) roads in India.

Zoji La Pass: Located at an altitude of 3,528 meters above sea level, the pass acts as a connecting route between a valley of Kashmir and Ladakh. The pass goes through the important Srinagar-Leh highway, located in the western section of the Himalayan mountain range. Heavy snowfall leads to blockage of the pass for more than half a year. Melting snow makes the road slippery and lack of barricades makes it even riskier for the vehicles.

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Rohtang Pass: Literally meaning “pile of corpses”, the pass acts as a link between the Kullu valley and the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys (Himachal Pradesh). Rohtang Pass is situated at an elevation of around 3,978 meters above the sea level. The beauty of nature turns deceptive here, owing to the risky road. The pass is generally open from May to November.

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Leh Manali Highway: A long spread of 479 kilometers; the highway connects Leh (J&K) to Manali (Himachal Pradesh). Major snowfall around the years results in its closure for more than six months. The highest elevation of the highway is as high as 17,000 feet (5,328 m). Damaged portions and fear of landslides make it one of the most dangerous highways in India.

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Kinnaur Road: Bordering Tibet on its eastern side, National Highway-22 was severely damaged in the floods of 2013. The road was constructed by cutting into hard rocks. The adventure and risk goes up in the winter and rainy season. The district Kinnaur has three mountain ranges (Zanskar, Greater Himalayas and Dhauladhar) and produces apples, chilgoza and other dry fruits majorly.

Khardung La: Located at a distance of 39 kilometers from Leh, Khardung La (J&K) is believed to be one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The pass has an elevation of 5,359 meters above the sea level. Narrow one-lane sections and snow lead to traffic jams. Rainfall and washouts often heighten the risk of accidents and landslides.

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‘Doodle 4 Google’ Opens Public Voting

The first edition of "Doodle 4 Google India" was held in 2009 and the theme was "My India"

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A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company's offices in Toronto. VOA

Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

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Representational Image of ‘Doodle for Google’. Flickr

From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.

Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.

Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.

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A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.

The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.

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The national winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, a Rs 2 lakh technology package for their school, as well as a trip to the Google office in India, among other prizes, the company said.

The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”. (IANS)