Where to Learn and Practice Rock Climbing in New Delhi

  You can learn and practice rock climbing on the JRD Tata Climbing Wall installed within the premises of The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in New Delhi. Both locals and foreigners can climb the wall by paying a nominal fee. A 4-hour training session costs INR 150.00 per climber irrespective…

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Where to Learn and Practice Rock Climbing in Bangalore

rock climbing in bangaloreGeneral Thimayya National Academy of Adventure (GETHNAA) organizes short and long duration adventure programs, including parasailing, rock climbing, trekking and water sports courses for institutes and the masses. And, almost all adventures are reasonably priced. A 2-day rock-climbing course at Ram Nagaram, for instance, will cost INR 150.00 per person (subsidized) only.

GETHNAA has one of the finest artificial climbing walls inIndia. Highlights of the wall include bulges and humps similar to that of a natural rock and a 180-degree overhang or roof. Access to the wall is free. Practice as per your convenience. The wall of international standard, the largest in the country, is installed within the premises of the Kanteerva Stadium.

The primary objective of GETHNAA, a part of the Department of Youth Services and Sports,KarnatakaState, is to promote adventure sports. The academy has offices in Yavanika in Sree Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium (Kasturba Road) andStateYouthCenter(Nrupathunga Road), Bengaluru, Karnataka (India).

Walk the Dzuko Trail with MMTA this Summer

Walk the Dzuko Trail with MMTA this Summer


rp_DzukoValley.pngSurrounded by high mountains, the Dzuko Valley in Senapati District (Manipur,India) runs along Nagaland border. During January and February, the river freezes, icicles form, everything becomes white as snow embraces it. Summer and spring are the seasons to picture deep pink Dzuko lilies that look like Siroi lily but are endemic to the valley. The Dzuko is a riot of color in monsoon. Carry enough film roles to photograph wild flowers and orchids.

Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) (http://mmtamanipur.com/index.html) is organizing a trek to the valley and Mount Iso from June 15, 2011. A 6-day trek costs INR 3,500.00 per person. Book byJune 10, 2011. Mount Iso (2995 meters), located behind the valley, is the highest peak in Manipur.

If you cannot join this program, try Dzuko Valley and Japfu Peak Trek organized by Shikhar Travels. This 9-day adventure of strenuous grade costs USD 1,361.00 per person on twin sharing basis and USD 1,523.00 per person on single occupancy basis. The cost includes all meals, camping equipment, camping fee and services of camping staff during 4-day trek period. The Japfu peak (3014 meters) is the second highest peak in Nagaland.

Where to learn Adventure Sports in Manipur

Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA http://mmtamanipur.com/index.html), located in Khuman Lampak Sports Complex, Imphal, is a deemed state institute of adventure and affiliated to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF),New Delhi. Manipur Mountaineering Institute (MMI) is a part of MMTA that organizes various adventure programs focusing on hot ballooning, parasailing, rafting, rock climbing and other sports. The course fee starts from INR 200.00 per person. The association also offers eco-tourism and trekking packages. The MMTA, featuring Kangla Rock & Sports Climbing Wall, hosts climbing competitions regularly. MMI manages Adventure and Leadership Complex in Lamdan, Churachandpur, which is an hour’s drive from Imphal. The park features Natural Rock, Spider Net,BurmaBridge and other obstacles.

Weekend in Araku & Tyda: Karst Landforms, Luxuriant Forest, Tribal Village

Weekend in Araku & Tyda: Karst Landforms, Luxuriant Forest, Tribal Village

Tyda, nestled  in Anantagiri Hills of the Eastern Ghats in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, is an eco-tourism destination at an altitude of 1,520 feet. Tyda, 70 km from Viskhapatnam, commands view of the Eastern Ghats and offers an opportunity to trek, rock climb and practice archery. You can take a bus, car or train to visit the hill station located on the 112-km long Viskhapatnam-Araku route.

Jungle Bells, an Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) managed camp inspired by local tribal architecture and design, is a good base to explore Tyda, and Borra Caves. Reasonably priced camp offers cottages and log huts.

Borra Caves, located between Araku and Tyda, features illuminated stalagmites and stalactites. Well-marked pathways make walking easier within these limestone caves, situated 90 km from Viskhapatnam.

Visit Botanical Garden, coffee plantations, mulberry gardens, Silk Farm, Tribal Museum and join folk dance performances at Araku, a hill station at an altitude of about 3200 feet.

Weekend with Tigers at Pench National Park

Weekend with Tigers at Pench National Park

A touch of the monsoon rains adds new life to both forests and its inhabitants. Sweet smell of wet earth fills the forest air. I think, this is one of the ideal seasons to enjoy the vegetation at its best and look for Bengal tigers and other wildlife in the Pench National Park, a tiger reserve named after the Pench River that meanders through the park featuring both tropical moist deciduous and dry deciduous type forests. The park, situated in Satpura Hills, Madhya Pradesh, is about a 3-hour drive from Nagpur, Maharastra, India.

You can relax at plush Taj Hotel Baghvan (http://www.tajhotels.com/Leisure/Baghvan,Pench%20National%20Park/default.htm)  after roughing it in jungle during daytime.  The hotel is offering two special packages (valid up toJune 30, 2010): Limited Jungle Plan  and Full Jungle Plan.  The Limited Plan worth INR 11,000 per person per night includes all meals, accommodation, one safari per day, laundry and non-alcoholic beverages.

Check the packages at http://www.tajhotels.com/Leisure/Baghvan,Pench%20National%20Park/offers.htm.

Chill out in Yercaud

Chill out in Yercaud

Yercuad, nestled on the Servarayan Range in the Eastern Ghats, is cleaner and quieter than other popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu, India. The hill station, boasting salubrious climate throughout the year, is about 1,500 meters above sea level. Daily a number of trains connect Chennai, state capital, andSalem such as Yercaud Express, Nilagiri Express, Coimbatore Express, Kovai Express and Cheran Express. It takes from 4.30 hours to about 7 hours depending on the train; and buses for Yercaud, about 35 km from Salem, starts from Salem Municipal Bus Stand.

Do not miss orange groves, coffee plantations and Botanical Survey of India’s orchidarium.

Boat inYercuadLakeamid forest.

Visit Killiyur waterfall if you love water and various view points for panoramic vistas.

People with religious mindset may pay obeisance at theShervaoyanTemple.