A Complete Guide on Best Rappelling in India
Very few interactions with the natural world can get as up close and personal as rock climbing or rappelling. It is a very hands-on adventure activity that demands your complete attention. Though rappelling has yet to catch the collective attention like paragliding or river rafting, it is steadily catching on. There are numerous spots around the country that have established themselves as adventure hubs specialising in rappelling. And most of them are in the close vicinity of Club Mahindra resorts.
The thrill of conquering a sheer rock face is a rewarding experience that becomes a memory for a lifetime. Rappelling is an incredibly demanding adventure activity that requires mental focus as well as physical stamina. You must experience it at least once while you can. Thrilling and challenging, rappelling will test your mettle. Are you up for it? Club Mahindra resorts offer perfect bases to stage your adventures. Here’s a guide to the best rappelling you can enjoy in India.
Himachal Pradesh has the perfect terrain to nurture the sport of rappelling. It is also an ideal place for beginners as the rockfaces here offer varying degrees of difficulty. Though you will find many resorts in Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh, Kasol, Tirthan Valley, McLoedganj, and Dharmashala have some of the most well-known rappelling spots. Many of these spots are known for waterfall rappelling. It involves rappelling down a waterfall which boosts the difficulty factor and adds to the sport’s thrill. Bring a good pair of shoes.
With a rugged history and a rocky terrain, Maharashtra is an ideal rappelling destination with its many challenging rockfaces. The Kondana Caves at Karjat, Ashoka Waterfalls at Kasara and Kundalika Waterfalls at Kolad are some of the best-known rappelling destinations of the state. These are all moderate to difficult courses that are recommended for intermediate to advanced rappelers. Rappelling here comes with history as Kondana Caves also offer you the chance to explore the ancient cave system that has been here for millions of years.
Surprisingly, the ‘Yoga Capital of India’ is the hub of rappelling in Uttarakhand. Serving as the gateway to the deeply spiritual ‘Char Dham’ yatra, Rishikesh has carved a name for itself in the annals of rappelling and rock climbing. Thrill seekers from all over the country, and the world, flock here to take on the challenges of Rishikesh. Though the resorts in Binsar valley, Uttarakhand are better-known, Rishikesh has its share of resorts. Here adventure has a spiritual connect that enhances the sense of achievement.
Tucked away in the eastern corner of the country, Sikkim is still an exotic destination for most of us. Blessed with bountiful natural beauty, Sikkim’s streak of adventure is yet unexplored. But with its mountainous terrain, it is hardly a surprise that rappelling has found home in this beautiful state. It is best to stick with local operators who know all the best spots. Safety is the topmost priority and the equipment they use is top-notch. Keep a clear mind and enjoy the new experiences.
Coorg and Dandeli are two of the topmost rappelling destinations of Karnataka. While the state is mostly known for its scenic beauty, history, and cultural eminence, it wears the garb of adventure destination with style. Although Dandeli has the more advanced rockfaces of the two, Coorg has waterfall rappelling which adds to its sense of adventure. Appreciate the panoramic views from the top before you concentrate on the task of abseiling down the sheer rockface. Enjoy your adventures surrounded by nature’s unrestrained and untamed beauty.
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Known more for its parties, flea markets, and laidback vibes, Goa has a hidden adventurous side. Apart from its bungee jumps and water sports on its beaches, Goa has pristine trekking trails and thrilling rock faces. Hosting an equal number of domestic and foreign tourists, rappelling has taken off big time in Goa. Upper Saori and Palolem are two of the most exciting rappelling and canyoning spots in Goa. However, make sure that you enjoy the sport safely with certified trainers and high-quality rappelling equipment.
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The home state of Lord Jagannath is gradually making a name for itself as an adventure hub. Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary and Pandav Bakhara Caves are two places where you can enjoy rappelling in Odisha. With a staff trained by experts from Indian Mountaineering Foundation, rappelling at Chandaka Sanctuary is as safe as it gets. It’s the same story at Pandav Bakhara Caves where safety is the foremost priority. Enjoy the enticing beauty of Odisha which is one of the more under-explored tourist destinations of India.
Adventure may hold a different meaning for everyone. But you cannot deny the excitement and thrill that rappelling offers. Maybe it will change your definition of adventure for ever.
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