Obscure Spots And Scenic Sites For Rock Climbing In Delhi

Kasturi posted on 23 January

For all the rock climbing enthusiasts in the city, there are more places to discover than your usual IMF {Indian Mountaineering Foundation} or Delhi Rock. Though we would expressly recommend them to learn and practise, the following spots around Delhi have some quaint scenic charm and stable rocks you should check out, too.

Before you set off, here’s some essential info; equipment can be hired from IMF, and their office is open Mon to Fri from 9am to 5pm, though there’s usually a waiting period. Many adventure groups go to these areas with their own equipment, too, for prices ranging from INR 500 to INR 800 per session. Transport is usually not included, and it’s highly advisable to go with experienced people and not attempt routes above your skill level.

Lado Sarai

Where: Old rocks, Lado Sarai, DDA Park {next to Saket Metro Station}

Type: Sandstone slabs and cracks; one chimney route

Height: 25 to 30 ft average

Type Of Climbing: Routes can be top-roped by beginners, and most can be bouldered by advanced climbers.

Best Time: Year-round climbing is possible with some smart sun-dodging

Damdama Lake

Where: Damdama Rocks, Damdama Lake {beyond Sohna Road, Gurgaon}

Type: Sandstone slabs

Height: 20 to 120 ft.

Type Of Climbing: Best for top-roping

Best Time: Oct – Mar

Other

Damdama Lake, Gurgaon

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    The Ridge

    Where: The Ridge {next to Jhandewalan Metro Station}

    Type: Sandstone slabs

    Height: 25ft with a 4-foot overhang

    Type Of Climbing: Best for top-roping and bouldering

    Best Time: Year round climbing possible since the area is deep in the ridge and shaded by trees.

    #LBBTip: The area needs to be cleared of any loose rocks and debris to avoid serious injury.

    Other

    The Ridge, Timarpur, New Delhi

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      Dhauj

      Where: Dhauj {55km from Delhi}

      Type: Sandstone slabs

      Height: 40 to 120 ft

      Type Of Climbing: Routes can be top-roped and led

      Best Time: Oct to Mar

      President’s Body Guard’s Estate

      Where: PBG Rocks {near parade grounds in the President’s Body Guard’s estate}

      Type: Sandstone slabs

      Height: 25 to 30 ft average

      Type Of Climbing: Routes can be top-roped or even led in some places.

      Best Time: Year-round climbing is possible

      #LBBTip: You need permission from the guards to climb.

      Sanjay Van

      Where: Sanjay Van Rocks, Sanjay Van {next to the Qutub Complex}

      Type: Sandstone slabs

      Height: 20 ft

      Type Of Climbing: Bouldering

      Best Time: All year round except monsoons.

      Tourist Attractions

      Qila Rai Pithora, New Delhi

        Ramjas Sports Complex

        Where: Ramjas Rocks, Ramjas Sports Complex, Patel Nagar

        Type: Sandstone slabs

        Height: 50 to 60 ft.

        Type Of Climbing: Routes can be top-roped and led

        Best Time: Oct – Mar

        {With inputs from Parv Rustogi} 

        Sports Venues

        Ramjas Sports Complex, Block 35, West Patel Nagar, New Delhi

        #LBBTip

        The area is in severe disrepair, although the rocks are perfectly climbable with some preliminary cleanup.