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Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing


Indian Himalayas nothing to say more about since one can see hundreds of internet websites due to the popularity of the area among the climbers from all over the world. Most visited areas in the Indian Himalayas are Kashmir, Uttaranchal, and Himachal where altitude ranges from 8000ft to 23000 ft and higher at some places.

The Aravali hills have good climbing faces at Dumdama, Dhauj and Nuh, all situated near Delhi. The Western Ghats have Mumbra and Dudha beyond Pune. Himachal Pradesh offers the Manali Valley, Chattru, Manikaran and the Rohtang Pass. Rajasthan has Mount Abu and Sariska which have gentler rocks. In Karnataka there are the Chamundi Hills. Sahyadri Range (Western Ghats) having natural rock climbing areas with various grades of difficulties. Many virgin rock pinnacles & cracks in the un-explored region waiting for someone to see it closely in this region.

Rock Climbing in India if we divide in four Zones as North Zone: Sheer rock faces, ideal for rock climbing, can be found in many areas. The Aravali hills have good climbing faces at Dumdama, Dhauj and Nuh, all situated near Delhi. Himachal Pradesh offers the Manali Valley, Manikaran and the Rohtang Pass.

West Zone: The Western Ghats have Mumbra and Dudha beyond Pune. 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 favourite rock-climbing destination. Rajasthan has Mount Abu and Sariska which have gentler rocks. In Karnataka there are the Chamundi Hills.

South Zone: Badami, a five-hour drive from Bangalore, is a good place for rock climbing. Bangalore is in the centre 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.

East Zone: 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.

Aravali Hills

The Aravali valley at Dhauj, though so near to Delhi, is secretly tucked away near Mangar Village in Faridabad District, Haryana. These ancient remains of Aravalis, after centuries of erosion, are hard granite rocks perfect for rock climbing & related sports. No doubt that they have been the favorite haunts of rock climbers for last couple of decades. The valley offers a unique combination of insight of the rural farm life and a wild ambience for adventure for an unforgettable experience. There are 67 species of birds spotted and listed at Dhauj.

For the corporate world, it could be an antidote for office stress or motivating the team to be a leader. For an overseas guest, it would be a delightful experience of farms, Indian rural culture, adventure activities, etc. We have a history of bringing new and innovative adventure related games and activities, integrating relaxation with resolve while scrapping the mundane.

Himachal Pradesh

Rock climbing is an adventure sport that requires strength and endurance. It always helps if you are trained in climbing rocks or have at least tried this sport once. In Himachal Pradesh, the rocks in natural surroundings are rugged and steep. Safety equipments are provided by those who organize these climbs. However, you are required to have a keen observation and a fine sense of judgment when it comes to choosing the right crevices and gaps for finding a foothold.

Rock climbing is slowly gaining the fame and popularity that it long deserved in India. Several mountaineering clubs and institutes have launched courses for novices, amateurs and professionals who are interested in rock climbing. Beginners should start rock climbing on gentle slopes and then proceed to steeper gradients. Himachal Pradesh is blessed with both gentle and steep terrain; ideal for an amateur and professional respectively. The most popular rock climbing sites in Himachal Pradesh are located in Manali. Some popular names of sites are given below.


West Zone


Situated on the leeward side of the Western Ghats, Pune experiences a pleasant weather throughout the year. The temperature remains moderate the year round, neither being too hot nor too cold. Pune weather and climate does not experience much extremities and this is one of the reasons that the city can be visited throughout the year.

Sinhgad meaning Lion Fort is located near the city of Pune, India, situated on a hill rising 800 meters above the surrounding countryside.

The base of the fort is approximately 550 meter (1800 ft.) above sea level, and its top is 1,350 m (4,430 ft.) above sea level. The fort is surrounded by many natural cliffs of Basalt rock.

On the Bombay-Nasik highway, at places like Mumbra and Dudha, and in Pune, rocks gather into pinnacles, often rising as high as 1,000 feet. These result in some very challenging rock climbing, with the heights calling a duel between the climber and the hill.



Kanheri Caves: The rock patches near Kanheri caves in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivili are good spots for practicing basic rock climbing and rappelling techniques. There are mainly 3 such patches where these activities usually take place. One of them is near the Kanheri Entrance, and it’s around 60ft high. It is an easy patch, and with the help of ropes and harness, people with least experience can climb it easily. The second one is around 90ft high, and to reach there we have to go a little beyond the Kanheri caves. This patch is a bit tougher than the first one. Even though with the help of proper equipments we can climb it, it’s a little exhausting. The third one of 120ft is beyond the 90ft patch, and we couldn't get a chance to go there.

Mumbra: The majestic Mumbra hills commonly known as the 'climbing nursery' is now becoming a hot spot for trek and adventure lovers. Busy adventurous activities have started taking place on the hills. The hills are at a reachable distance and it is convenient to travel from Thane city and the surrounding suburbs to this place. These adventure activities keep happening throughout the year. However, trek lovers believe that monsoon is the best time for such activities which adds to the excitement.

The place is thronged during weekends as most students and employees can actually take a break from their hectic work schedule and spend some time with Mother Nature. The boulders at Mumbra hills are perfectly shaped for exciting activities for the trekkers.

There are around 15-20 kinds of boulders, each one unique in its own way to carry out activities like laddering, commando bridge, monkey climbing et al.  Also there are very few chances of accidents as permanent anchors on few boulders are installed. Other adventure lovers can enjoy without fear on it but preferably with the assistance of experts.

A trekker needs to have a thorough knowledge in rappelling to undertake such an activity as there might be occasions where a trekker has to descend through a rock patch. In that case, the boulders at Mumbra hills give handy knowledge of climbing up and sliding down from a rock patch.

Manori: The Manori rocks, which are located between Manori and Gorai beach, are a big hit among climbers. The height of the rocks here varies between 4-10 m and the main stack of rocks is called Camel. According to Jayesh Morvankar of Odati Adventures, Manori is a great place to climb because of the solitude and the fact that it's next to the sea. "There are plenty of routes to explore and enough challenges as well.

Karla mountains: These are located about 16 kms from Khandala. The location has a large cluster of caves dating back to 160 BC. The Karla mountains offer sheer rock faces and the main spot here is called Duke's Peak.

Khopoli: Near the Zenith Falls there are spots, which are very favourable for climbing. People share that in this spot one can do rock climbing as well as rappelling and even do styles like the overhang climb (see photo). However, to climb here one needs special permissions.

Igatpuri: This is one of the most challenging regions in the Sahyadris. It has some fascinating hill forts, some peaks and many demanding spots for rock climbers.



Pavagadh: Pavagadh Hill is among the oldest rock formations in India and is composed of a reddish – yellow coloured stone. The hill stands approximately 800 m above the sea level. Pavagadh Hill is elevated in three stages. One of the stages, the plateau on this hill, with altitude of 1471 ft. above sea level, is recognized as Machi Haveli.

The climb is difficult and challenging and travellers need to be both physically and mentally fit for this activity. Make sure you hire a trained guide who can guide you with the directions.

Junagadh: The climb is difficult and challenging and travellers need to be both physically and mentally fit for this activity. Make sure you hire a trained guide who can guide you with the directions. 

GIRNAR The mountain, 6 km. from Junagadh city, has five principal peaks. It has roughly 8,000 steps. The third peak, Gorakhnath, at 3,661 ft. (1,116 m) above sea level, is the highest point of Gujarat state. UPERKOT certainly worth seeing Jain temples. Spots to visit Bhimkund, Satpuda, Gaumukhi Ganga, Pathar chati, Bhairavjap, Bharatvan Sheshavan, Hanumandhara. The peak of Ambaji, with a height of 3,330 ft. (1,010 m), is famous for the temple of Ambaji. The best time to start ascending is early morning.

Taranga: Taranga Hills are located around 20 km from Vadnagar, on the Aravali range and harbours have the profound connections with Buddhism.

From the banks of the Saraswati, you start on the path that ascends up the Taranga hills. On your way you may see Jain monks striding barefoot. On the peaks above, you sight tiny white chhatris and a little shrine to Devi Taranamata from whom the village derives its name.



Mount Abu: With its beautiful landscapes, lakes, waterfalls, sunset & sunrise points and lush green forests provides an excellent opportunity for nature lovers to appreciate mother nature in close.

Mount Abu has more than 17 Nature Trails and pathways suitable for adventurous activities approved by the department of forest passing through the jungle. Some trails can also be used for horse safari if you prefer not to trek on foot.

While trekking in, one can enjoy rock climbing & rappelling.

Sariska: Sariska and Mount is known for its rough and tough look. Ideal adventurous condition prevail in Aravali hills. The Northern Aravali Hills dominate the skyline with their mixture of sharp cliffs and long narrow valleys. Rugged rocks are well fused with the same landscape and way of life. Equipments and professional help can also be obtained.


East Zone

West Bengal

Purulia: One of the most beautiful excursions near Kolkata is the Ajodhya Hills, which fall under the Purulia district of West Bengal. Located at an altitude of approximately 700 m above the sea level.

Actually a part of the Dolma Hill Range, the place Ajodhya Hills a special delight for nature lovers and young mountaineers. The dense forests and gurgling waterfalls of the place make it a natural delight. You will be astonished to see the forest full of elephants, deer, wild boars, wolves and cheetahs, from so close. Even the dense trees of pine, shimul, saal, shirish and segun trees will make you feel delighted. The young mountaineers will get an opportunity to reign over raw peaks like Gorga-buru.

Susunia Hills: is one of the famous hills of southern West Bengal. It is famous for its holy spring, its natural beauty, its rich flora and the rock faces on which many of the famous mountaineers of this region started their journey. It is one of the rich reserve of medicinal plants too. Susunia hills (440m)are made of rocks of Archian age and is an important archaeological site yielding stone age tools. It is a famous centre for rock climbing. The Hills stretches about 3.2 km from east to west. It is 13 km away from Bankura.

Susunia Hills are said to be even older than the Himalayas. Big and small boulders gathered at the top of the hill and are called Poppins Peak.

Jai Chandi: The Jai Chandi pahar is close to raghunathpur in Purulia district.  The pahar is not to high, one can move to the peak with little effort. From the top of the hill one can see the magnificent scenario surrounding the pahar. The whole pahar is distinctly divided into three parts having each with its beauty. The pahar is famous to the rock climbers. The hill is made of rocks and that’s why climbers prefer to have their initial training here. In the mid hillock-there is cave inside the rock.


South Zone


Turahalli: A place full of boulders of various size presenting variety of problems for both the beginner and the practicing professional. This hillock which is around 10kms away from the Bangalore city enroute Kanakapura is a land of few acres on the boundary of the Banneraghatta Reserved Forest.

Though in weekdays the chance of meeting any climber is less, Sundays are usually crowded with all sorts of climbers both amateur to professionals. This place is also a quiet place for the peace loving outdoor person who just wants to walk around in a serene place. Though a temple is coming up in the area it is not much of nuisance yet.

Sawan Durga: Hills rise up to a towering height of 4,022 feet above sea level. It is located at a distance of 62 Kms from Bangalore & 10 KM from Magadi town is well known monolith in the Magadi Taluk is also called Magadi hill. The summit consists of two peaks, separated by a chasm, each being independent of the other. One is called the Kari Gudda or black peak, the other is Bili Gudda or White Peak. It is also a good place for rock climbing. The entire area is covered by verdure and serene atmosphere.

The best time to reach the peak is before sun gets too hot to handle. So it is good to start early. Initially the trek may seem hard, but the ethereal view from the peak makes it worth your while. The way down the hill is relatively easier.

This region is famous for medicinal plants and shrub forest. This is a paradise for the climbing enthusiasts. Climbers can scale sheer rock faces enduring up to grade 7. It is also good for a day’s trek and camping at the foothill. New Rocks: It is a paradise for the rock climbers. This is situated on the way to Banneraghatta National Park.

New Rocks: A place on the way to Banner Ghatta National Park from Bangalore. This is a small bouldering area surrounded by housing development. Since the land has been acquired, access to boulders or the boulders themselves could disappear with time.

Though there are limited numbers of boulders, the challenges it poses are numerous both for the beginner and the professional.

Raogodlu: A place for bouldering on the way to Kanakapura from Bangalore. This place is a small boulder field and is about 25+kms from Bangalore. After few kilometers from the power grid on the Kanakapura road a deviation to the left and a about 3+kms of mud road travel will take you to the Raogodlu village and the place of boulders

Though this particular place has quite a unlimited number of boulders, part of it is being quarried. Though there is small village nearby for the hotels and other things one has to come to the Kanakapura road itself.

Kabbal Durga: A rocky hill with a temple of Goddess KabbaLamma at the top in Bangalore (Rural) district just a few kilometers away from the Kanakapura Bheemeshwari road. It also has few climbing routes (two bolted routes) and a numerous opportunity for explorations. Though an easy walkup will take a common man to the top, numerous the climbing routes tempt any climber.

Though not much of crowd visits the hill, but surely the temple at the Kabbal village is a crowded place.

Badami: this place is a favourite among the climbers both in India and abroad. The type of rock here is red sandstone. The crag has miles of sandstone to offer for any climber, be it a beginner or a professional.

There are various bolted routes as well. Badami is around 70 kilometers from Hampi, the mecca of the climbers Because of the nature of the sandstone the climbing here is a enjoyable experience unlike the hard granite stuff. All through the year climbing is possible here but summer is not really preferred (too hot rather) owing to the geography of the area.

Hampi: is regarded amongst the topmost rock climbing destinations in India. This place is visited by the rock climbers from India as well as abroad and offers excellent opportunities in bouldering. It is often termed as the bouldering capital of India as the entire landscape is covered with granite boulders or crags. Rock climbers can easily set out for an exploration of the boulders, on a rented bicycle, towards the site of ancient temples and can engage in bouldering.

Some of the most famous bouldering sites in Hampi are the Hemakuta Hill, Matanga Hill, and the premises of Tiruvengalantha Temple and Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple. Rock climbers can find the largest free standing boulders at Hemakuta Hill. Hampi offers only a few bolt protected routes, which can be found scattered around the pilgrimage site.

Ramnagar: Considered as Mecca of Rock Climbers, this amazing place has plenty of opportunities for the budding and the professional alike. Climbs of various grades along with few bolted routes as well are present.  There are few temples present at the top of few hillocks. To its history Ram Nagar has the shooting of the "Sholay" Film as well.

The whole cluster is spread over many kilometers, with a moderate town adjacent to the Bangalore-Mysore Highway. As one enters the town s/he will find many rocky hills on the both sides of the road. Though there are no guides or guide books present currently for the climber currently, there is a guide book being prepared.

As soon as it published we will announce it here as well. Though much crowd visits the hill mostly temples, the other climbing spots are not crowded.

Antara Gange: A place in Kolar district full of hillocks with numerous bouldering opportunities. This place is 4kms from the Kolar bus stand. The other attraction of this place is few Temples where there is no end to the water streaming out of the barren rocky area. And Near one of the temple one can also find a small park kind of arrangement where a few deer are present.

Though nowadays the top of the hillocks can be reached by a newly constructed road. One has to take deviation before reaching Kolar for this road.

This place Antaragange probably got it name by the water found in large quantity on the rocky hillocks. These hillocks are also good source of bouldering and climbing opportunities.

Kunti Betta:  is at a height of 80 meters and is at a distance of 4 kms from Pandavapura (Mandya district).  The hill is named after the mother of Pandavas/five brothers in Mahabharata.   The legend of this place narrates that Pandavas spent the last few days of their exile in the hills and named the hill after their mother Kunti whom they missed.

The town nearby is called as Pandavapura after the Pandavas. The hill was also popularly known as French rocks as the French troops had camped in this region in the 18th century to help Tipu Sultan in his war against the British.

The hill has twin peaks with rocks uniquely arranged with clumps of trees growing here and there.  It is a perfect place to try rock climbing.



Kakkayam: The picturesque dam site of Kakkayam, teeming with exotic wild life, offers excellent rock climbing opportunities. The best time to visit is between November and April. Munnar and other places offers rock climbing in Kerala. Rock climbing in India is popular all over Kerala.

Thenmla: For those with an overdose of adrenalin and those willing to test their adventurous spirit would find the adventure zone of Thenmala with a quite thrilling experience. Those who need to give their body muscles a real work can go for a rock climbing at Thenmla. Kerala adventure rappelling is popular.