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The thrill of rock climbing

January 31, 2005

Rock climbing in India, as in other parts the world, started off as training for mountaineering.

As a sport, it took off only about 15 years ago.

As the climbing standards reached greater heights in the rest of the world, India too was introduced to sticky rubber, chalk, lycra, modern protection and higher climbing standards and development of many superb climbing areas by local climbers.

Some of the areas are excellent and can easily be compared to some world class climbing areas.

The Aravali hills have some admirable climbing faces at Dumdama, Dhauj and Nuh -- all situated near Delhi.

Mount Abu, Adhar Devi slab and Sariska in Rajasthan also provide exhilarating bouldering experiences, while great climbing opportunities are provided in Himachal Pradesh in the Manali valley, Mani-karan and Rohtang Pass.

In Maharashtra, Igatpuri, Malshejghat, Kanheri caves, Dudha and Manori beach all have great bouldering possibilities, while in Karnataka, the Chamundi Hills have a variety of rock faces.

Hampi and Bangalore are also locations worth climbing.

The Himalayan peaks are the climber's dream.

The high altitude climber will enjoy the rocks at Sonamarg in Kashmir and Gangotri in Garhwal, Uttaranchal.


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