Sinhgad – Rock Climbing
This is a fort, an hour drive from Pune. There are 9 or 10 short sports routes, at least one established trad route and more trade possibilities. Some of the bolted routes can be climbed purely on trad. Early mornings from 6:30 to 10 or afternoons 14hrs onwards are best climbing times. Views are spectacular. Routes are technical and grades range from French 5b or YDS 5.8 to French 7b+ or YDS 5.12c. All routes can be climbed with a 50m rope. Weekdays are quiet but weekends and holidays can be very crowded. Rock is basalt like everywhere else in Maharashtra. Usually windy but sunny.
Tamhini – ROCK CLIMBING
Plus Valley is a huge Plus shaped gorge which is present in the Tamhini Ghat region which is approximately 80KM from Pune city. Due to the presence of good natural rock faces, this place is gaining quick popularity among the Pune climbing community. Every weekend groups of climbers visit this place exploring new routes. There is also some bouldering to be done in this place which is filled with flora and fauna.
How to reach Green Gate Resort?
One needs to go towards Tamini Ghat (near Pune) which is mostly 1.5 to 2 hours ride from Pune. Private cars are the best option though local minibusses start from Pune. It is better to go with a group of local climbers as many frequently visit this climbing paradise. One needs to descend to the gorge to climb in this area. There is no signpost indicating the point from where one can decent the valley. The only indicator is a drain pipe that butts out into the valley at the start of the trail. This point is approx 3-4 km before the Garud Machi resort.
In the Plus Valley, there are many sports routes grading from the 5a to 7b+. Some multi-pitch routes as high as 350 -400ft are also present. A lot of bouldering can also be done in this area.
BADAMI – ROCK CLIMBING
Another site in Karnataka, famous for rock climbing on it’s raging red sandstones. Badami is the best place in India to do rock climbing on bolted routes. Its steep and tough terrain makes this place a favorable one for thrill seekers. One can also pay a visit to cave temples situated there. Make sure you get a permission from local police as it is a heritage region. An ideal time for visiting is November to March.
HAMPI – ROCK CLIMBING
A notable UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is renowned for its ruins and fortifications. Other than this, the site is also eminent for rock climbing and bouldering. It is often called as the bouldering capital of India. The ideal time to visit this place is from October to February as Hampi remains dry during these months. Rock climbing on the quirky rock formations will give you an extricating experience.
RAMANAGARAM – ROCK CLIMBING
Ramnagar or Ramanagara hills are very popular for rock climbing in the south of India. Climbers undertake technical rock climbing here and most of the group of climbers here is formed of professionals. There are many rocky outcrops here and one can have a glimpse of the same as soon as one enters Ramnagar. The popular peaks are Ramadevara Betta, SRS Betta, and Thenginkalbetta. The many tall granitic hills are apt for short rock climbs, ideal for amateur climbers.
CHATRU – ROCK CLIMBING
Chatru is not anything more than a series of tea huts that form a road-side stop for passing travelers during the Spring and Summer months when the road is open and the valley is clear of snow. This spot, however, is home to a varied selection of climbing.
This area was first developed by a British fellow (his name escapes me) who recognized it’s potential for bouldering, and as such the majority of established (I use that term loosely) climbing is bouldering, mostly in the higher grades, and of very good quality.
Besides bouldering, the mountains surrounding the valley offer an opportunity for new routing by serious mountaineers or big wallers. New single and multi-pitch trad routes are also a possibility. The rock is of generally good quality, but as with any new routing, most faces are not yet clear of loose blocks, etc. There are also some otherwise great climbs that are frustrated by inconveniently placed shrubbery, but such is nature.
Camping possibilities abound, this area is sufficiently remote that there are not currently any rules regarding where or when you may camp, though you should be respectful of the locals and mindful of any farmland. A good spot for camping is immediate across the river from the tea huts (dhabas). There are also some small caves in the area that provide good shelter. Food is about the only thing in plentiful supply – the dhabas all serve decent food at cheap prices. They also have some basic supplies, like matches, soap, packaged snacks, etc. In particular, check out the last dhaba on the right when coming along the road from Manali. The man running it is very friendly to climbers, and he will have topos you can look at for the established bouldering, and anything else subsequent parties have seen fit to leave for future climbers.
During June the weather was mild – warm days and chilly nights. Mid-afternoon showers seem to be a common occurrence, so for any longer routes either tough it out or start early.
MANALI – ROCK CLIMBING
Manali and Dharamshala are the famous rock climbing destinations in Himachal while Gangotri in Uttrakhand is very popular. Attractions: Breathtaking the view and great climatic conditions ideal for rock climbing. Some of the best mountaineering institutes are located here which provides great guidance and help to the tourists. The best times to visit the Himalayas are autumns and summers.
TURAHALLI – ROCK CLIMBING
Turahalli is a famous rock climbing destination among the rock climbers of Bangalore. This place offers excellent opportunities in bouldering a form of rock climbing in which the climbers have to climb on short, low routes without the use of the safety rope. Hard boulders of various sizes and shapes can be seen here, which have made this place a frequent training spot for all rock climbing enthusiasts of Bangalore.
Turahalli is a popular training spot in climbing. Many rock climbing institutes and clubs have made this place their favorite location. Outdoor enthusiasts also visit Turahalli once in a while and enjoy lazing around the place and learning a lesson or two from the local guides. Beginners visiting Turahalli can take help from the local rock climbers, who will guide through the bouldering routes.
It is also popular for being the location for climbing competitions. The multitude of boulders with its edgy routes, overhangs, and slabs as well as the highballs atop the hill offer the climbers a test in all types of climbing techniques. One of the most famous boulders at Turahalli hillock is the Ph.D., which have more than 15 routes that range from V0 to V6.
The ‘Valley of the Gods’, located behind the Shani Mahatma Temple, is yet another option for the rock climbers. Here, the climbing enthusiasts can try on the two large boulders, which range from V0 to V7. As these boulders are surrounded by numerous small boulders, rock climbers may find difficulty in placing crash pads. Moreover, safe exits are not present in this location, which are required for down-climbing the boulder.
Turahalli hillock is surrounded by scrub and dry deciduous forests, which are fast depleting. Rock Climbers can enjoy the magnificent view from atop the ‘Valley of the Gods’ of Turahalli hillock.
Accommodation in Turahalli Region
Rock climbers visiting Turahalli often stay at South Bangalore in between Bannerghatta Road and Sarjapur Road. This will help the climbing enthusiasts to reach Turahalli within one and a half hours. There are several accommodation options available at Bannerghatta Road and Sarjapur Road in South Bangalore. As these roads are considered the arterial roads of Bangalore Central, tourists also have the advantage of reaching their desired destination with ease.
The Best Time To Visit
October to February is the peak rock climbing season in Turahalli when the atmospheric temperature is in the range of 29ºC to 30ºC. Many Rock Climbing enthusiasts from India as well as abroad visit Turahalli during the winter month of December as the atmospheric temperature is mild at this time. The atmospheric temperature at Turahalli is found to be in the range of 25ºC to 39ºC during December.
KHOPOLI – ROCK CLIMBING
Nestled between the impressive Sahyadri hills, Khopoli is a small industrial city in Raigad district but is also part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Khopoli is poised to become an important rock-climbing destination given the large number of crags surrounding it within 5 km radius, its proximity to Lonavala, the busiest hill resort in Maharashtra, and its vantage location almost exactly between Mumbai and Pune, just off the Expressway.
Currently, it has 2-3 crags for sports routes (all single-pitch), and bouldering areas, developed with support from Applied Petzl. Khopoli can be done as a day trip from Mumbai or Pune. The coming years may see significant development including possibly short multi-pitch routes.
BELAPUR – ROCK CLIMBING
CBD Belapur in Navi Mumbai has been the nursery of many a local climber, and has a rich history of several decades, courtesy Girivihar, a small but highly dedicated climbing club that has developed the Belapur sport crags, and conducted many a beginner training camp and competitions ranging from local to the global (2016 world cup).