For every adrenaline junkie out there, bungee jumping is definitely on the list of must-do adventure activity. Not for the faint-hearted, this sport involves free falling from a height with your legs tied to an elastic cord. However, such is the rush that once you have experienced it, you want to do it over and over again. Adventure sports have really ‘taken off’ in India in recent years, and you can find people flocking to these places especially for this.
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Amongst the most popular and preferred place in India for bungee jumping, Rishikesh has the highest and most exhilarating jumping spot in the country at a height of 83m. This is located at Jumping Heights in Mohan Chatti Village which is about 25kms from Chattisgarh and allows people of ages 12 and above to take part with adequate safety measures and tips from experienced staff. It is also the only place which has a fixed platform to dive from. This cantilever –platform is constructed over a rocky cliff and offers unparalleled views of the surrounding area. This entire operation has been designed by David Allardice in New Zealand and brought to India. Each dive will cost somewhere between INR 2500-3000 per person. Though this can be experienced all-round the year, it is advisable to avoid it during the monsoons as they often get a hold because of the slippery region. However, be rest assured that Jumping Heights sure does live up to its name!
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This is considered to be one of the best and safest bungee jumping spot in the country. It is located halfway between Pune and Mumbai at Della Adventures in Kunegaon, Lonavala. People above 10 years of age and with weight above 35kgs can jump from a height of 150ft and experience the sport. Each leap lasts about seven to ten minutes. The expert staff explains all the safety features before the jump and awards you with a certificate after, for surviving it. Della Adventures happens to be one of the biggest adventure parks in India and offers other adventure sports as well. It is priced at INR 1500 per person.
Located at Jagdalpur in Chattisgarh, this is probably the last place anyone would expect for an adventure sport but it is definitely a good place to start for someone trying out the sport for the first time. For ages 14 and above, the rush can be felt from a height of 30m at top of a mountain. Apart from bungee jumping, this place has various other adventure activities as well. Cost for bungee jumping is INR 300 per person.
4. New Delhi
Wanderlust Operators in New Delhi is here to satisfy all your adventure cravings from a height of 130ft since 1999. They claim to be the “only official bungee operators in India” and all their equipment and technology has been imported from Japan. Not just this, but all their staff has been trained in Germany to ensure the best experience for everyone visiting them. Anyone between the ages of 14-50 years can jump off a crane and be a part of the thrill. For everyone completing the jump, Wanderlust gives them a certificate, a cap and a t-shirt that says ‘I Did It’. The best time to go here is between October to March.
Located about 5kms from the busy mall road of Manali, is a quiet place called Bahang which is home to the Himvalley Camps. They offer bungee jumping from a height of 25m and are priced at INR 350 per person. Though the height is not much, the experience of free falling in the valleys of Himachal is incomparable.
Bungee Jumping is a sport that must be experienced and the next time you want to feel the adrenaline, just take the leap (of faith)!