Rock climbing has been a well followed adventure sport all over the world for quite a while, and in recent years, it has made its presence felt in India as well. Of course, it was always just a matter of time before it came to India, what with our nation’s ideal topography and many mountain ranges all throughout the land making it the perfect place for the sport.
For aficionados of adventure sports and thrill seekers, this is a good way to get that adrenaline rush while also working on your body and keeping it fit and healthy. Here are the top 5 rock climbing destinations in India:
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Located in the pristine state of Himachal Pradesh, this place is a backpacker’s heaven. There are many treks and similar expeditions held here throughout the year. Defined by its rocky outcroppings and alpine plant life, Parvati Valley is also perfect for rock climbing enthusiasts, with a growing throng coming to conquer the land every year.
Located in Jamm & Kashmir, the Shey Rock region of Leh is the perfect place for mountaineering and rock climbing, albeit only in the summer. It is the only peak which can be climbed and scaled in all of Leh, and thus it has some notoriety among visitors who visit in large numbers. It is especially popular among amateurs, with its beautiful rock structures, plus the aspect of sightseeing in the neighbouring regions further adds to its draw.
Madhugiri is famous for the gigantic rocks overlooking the town – which seem as if they have been carved by the hand of a giant. One of its biggest selling points is that Madhugiri has the second largest single standing rock structure in all of Asia, one of the reasons why climbers flock to this place. A fort is safely nestled on the slopes of this land, looming over the region. This is truly a special experience.
Malshej Ghat is one of the most popular destination among bikers in the state of Maharashtra. With many waterfalls forming here in the monsoons, it has always been a famous place, but now it perennially draws a large crowd with its many temples, caves, forts and lush green hillsides calling to the many hikers, trekkers, and climbers. This is a good place for beginners to make their first foray into the world of rock climbing!
This is one of the highest peaks of Kannur in the Western Ghats of Kerala and is famous among adventure sports enthusiasts for rock climbing, rappelling, trekking, and hiking on the delightful carpet of greenery here. Situated 1372 meters above sea level, Pythal Mala provides a challenging experience and thus has many visitors all around the year. There are numerous expeditions and treks happening year perennially, so getting here and indulging in this one of a kind experience shouldn’t be difficult at all!
Adventure lovers, hopefully this has set your pulse racing and the adrenalin flowing through your veins. Go, run wild, the mountains are calling!