Rock climbing has emerged as one of the most popular adventure activities in Gujarat, thanks to the diverse terrain that the state is blessed with. Rock climbing tests you mentally and physically as you climb up, down and across rocks. Discover the joy of climbing as you travel to incredible natural rock formations in Gujarat.
When the talk comes around rock climbing in Gujarat, there are quite a few places like Pavagadh and Taranga Hills that offer fantastic rocky terrains for the adventurist. But if there is one place that every rock climbing enthusiast must go to in Gujarat, it’s the small, unexplored and rustic town of Idar.
Idar is still untouched by a heavy tourism influx, which makes it perfect for solace seekers too. Encompassed by the incredible Aravalli range, Idar lies in a remote corner at a distance of 100km from Ahmedabad. Its arid weather and solid rocky boulders make it a haven for rock climbing.
Thanks to the incredible landscape that blesses Idar, the small town may well be the next major destination to shine on the rock climbing and bouldering map of India. Renowned rock climber Tuhin Satarkar has already explored the uncharted terrains of Idar and so have many other members of the climbing community in India. It’s only a matter of time now and Idar will soon turn into a rock climbing hotspot in India.
Idar has a unique and difficult rock formation, which makes it a bit challenging for beginners. But then, that’s where the fun and adventure lie, right? However, it’s best to take proper training and carry proper equipment before embarking on a rock climbing adventure in Idar. The climbs here offer picturesque views of the verdant surroundings.
What makes climbing at Idar so special is the fact that the place is also home to age-old temples that carpet its hilltops. Apart from having an infinite bouldering potential, the crag also offers amazing opportunities for lead and trad climbing.
Idar’s Polo Forest region is one of the best places where you could indulge in some climbing fun. Nestled in the gorgeous Aravali range, this quaint little hilly hamlet is blessed with its share of lush hillocks and dense forests that sprawl over 400 sq km. Dotted with archaeological remains and ruins that date back to the 10th century, Polo Forest is an ideal place to get the adrenaline rushing. The forests are also a huge magnet for birders and botanical and wildlife buffs.
Rock climbing in the magnificent ravines and hills of Polo Forest comes highly recommended. It’s great for a day picnic with your family too.
When done with your climbing adventures, you can also visit the glorious Idar Fort or indulge in some shopping. The town is known for its handmade wooden toys, which make for lovely souvenirs to mark your climbing trip to Gujarat.
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