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

Other

Lado Sarai, New Delhi

    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

        Camping

        Dhauj Rocks, Haryana

          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.

          Other

          Sanjay Van, 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.