best thing about this sport is the almost equal distribution
of rock climbing destinations in India. The availability
of the good climbing rocks not too far from the city
gives greater access and participation from the professionals
as well as from the amateurs alike. Given below are
the names of some of the major destinations for rock
climbing in India to give you a better idea for the
places where you can engage in this game.
IN INDIA: SOUTHERN INDIA
Badami, a five-hour drive from Bangalore,
is a good place for rock climbing. Bangalore is in
the center of a number of rock-climbing destinations
like Ramanagaram (the setting for the Hindi blockbuster
Sholay), Savandurga, Thuralli, Kabbal, Raogodhu, and
others. Kambakkam at a distance of around 100 km from
Chennai provides good climbing in many grades while
Hampi in Karnataka has some of the best granite rocks
in India providing the climbers ample opportunities
to test their skills.
IN INDIA: EASTERN INDIA
In a 300-km radius adjoining Calcutta, there are some
good rock-climbing destinations like Purulia, Matha
Bura, Jai Chandi, and Susunia Hills. The Himalayan
Mountaineering Institute provides some courses in
Mountaineering at Gobu and Tenzing Norgay Rocks.
ROCK CLIMBING IN INDIA: WESTERN
There are several good rock-climbing destinations
near Mumbai like Kanheri Caves in the Borivili National
Park, Mumbra Boulders, and Manori Rocks. In Gujarat,
Pavagadh is a favorite rock-climbing destination.
In Rajasthan, the region around Mount Abu like State
Mountaineering Institute's training area, Golden Horn
Spire, and Adhar Devi Slabs are the best rock-climbing
ROCK CLIMBING IN INDIA: NORTHERN
North India offers some of the best and toughest challenges
in rock climbing both for amateurs as well as for
the professionals. The might of Himalayan rocks have
always been the inspiration for many professional
climbers. New Delhi and the region around it provide
some very good options in rock-climbing arena. Lado
Sarai in Delhi, Dhauj (55 km from Delhi), and Dam
Dama Lake (around 65 km off Delhi) are some of the
best-known rock-climbing destinations in this part
of the country. In Himachal Pradesh, Manali and Dharamshala
and the adjoining region provide some of the toughest
and most exciting rock climbing options in the world.
Professional climbers from all over the world come
here to negotiate the rocks and to find new challenges.
Besides these, there are many artificial climbing
walls in Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai, Bangalore, Darjeeling,
Manali, Uttarkashi, Bikaner, and at Mathura Road near
Badarpur border in Haryana.