India Bungy jumping
I’m constantly being told about new bungy jumps. Thank you to everyone who points me in the right direction.
As it gets chillier here in Europe, you may well be thinking about heading to distant climes and it would be understandable if India was in your thoughts. It’s got everything. It’s exotic. It’s different. It’s got amazing climbing and hiking. Unbelievable paragliding. There’s mountain biking, heli-skiing, ice climbing. In fact, you name it, India’s got it. There’s more than enough extreme sports and adventure options there to get your heart pounding, nerves rushing and adrenalin pumping.
And you can bungy jump
The setting for this particular jump is certainly exotic. It is in the northern State of Uttarakhand which shares its borders with Tibet in the north, Uttar Pradesh in the south, Nepal in the east, Haryana in the west and Himachal Pradesh in the North West.
Jumpin Heights is an extreme adventure sports company which offers bungy jumping, the flying fox and a canyon swing. The 83 m bungy jump is the first custom-built platform jump in the country, and was designed and built by David Allardice of New Zealand. The setting is spectacular – a cantilever platform built over a rocky cliff over the river Hall, a tributary of the River Ganga. The river is just 2ft deep and you are lowered into it at the end of your jump and walk out.
The requirements for the bungy are simple: a minimum of 12 years of age, and a minimum weight of 35 kg and a max of 110kg.
The Flying Fox
The bungy jump and giant swing share the same platform. The Flying Fox, also designed and build by David Allardice is 120 m high and 1 km long. This jump is normally done in tandem but at a slightly extra cost you can do it on your own. You are harnessed to the wire and, on release, its gravity that wooshes you through the air at speeds of up to 160 km/h! At the lowest place you are just 7 m above the river. You will be pulled back to the launch platform by a retrieval mechanism. The jumps are operated by jump masters from New Zealand.
You will find the jump zone on the road to Neelkanth, at Mohanchatti, a village 15 kms across Lakshman Zula, in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand State:
Rishikesh is a beautiful city nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and so, besides the adrenaline thrills of Jumpin Heights, there will be plenty more on offer – climbing, hiking etc; and Culture with a capital ‘C’: Uttaranchal is home to some of the finest Hindu temples and religious destinations in India.
The Jolly Grant airport near Dehradun is the most popular airport in the region and there are two daily flights from New Delhi operated by Kingfisher Red. Air India and Jet Airways also fly into Dehradun.
It’s over to you. It could be quite a holiday…