Bungee jumping is not just a sport but a test of the daredevil in you. Considered as one of the most adventurous and daring sport, bungee jumping involves jumping from a tall structure or platform while being securely attached to an elastic cord. A building, bridge, crane, or even moving objects like a helicopter and a hot air balloon can also be used as bungee jumping platforms. For the thrill seekers, it is the free falling and the amazing rebound that makes them seek this adrenaline pumping adventure.
Modern-day bungee jumps first started in 1979 from the 250-foot Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol when members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club made the jump. This sport occurred to them when they saw the "vine jumping" ritual performed by the residents of Vanuatu. The Danza de Los Voladores de Papantla or the Papantla flyers of central Mexico practiced a much slower pace of falling. This tradition has started from the days of Aztecs. The jumpers continued with multiple jumps in the US from the Golden Gate Bridge and the Royal Gorge Bridge that gave this adventure sport a worldwide recognition. Mobile cranes and hot air balloons were being used as bungee jumping platforms by 1982.
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Bungee jumping historically made its entry into India in the early 1990s. Mohan Chatti village in Rishikesh is the most popular spot for this sport while Wanderlust in Delhi, Ozone in Bangalore, and Gravity Zone in Goa cutting a close second. Bungee jumping has been popular in India for almost two decades now. Let us take a detailed look at some of the most popular Bungee Jumping Sites in India.
Known as the country’s highest bungee jumping point, Mohan Chatti in Rishikesh is about 10 metres higher than the Qutub Minar. The most fascinating fact about this spot is the beautiful view of the Ganges that you can have while engaging in bungee jumping here. An extra safety harness is tied to your waist for safety reassurance. With expert jump masters from New Zealand, you can enjoy this adventure sport safely. An automated camera records each moment of your bungee experience from start to finish. Jumping Heights is said to have cost around 10 crores after much hassle with all the government approvals. They also have a gentleman's agreement with the government of having a written agreement of closing the whole set up in case any freak accident happens. For comfortable stay book hotels in Mohanchatti, Rishikesh
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Located in Bangalore, this is probably the most popular bungee jumping spots in India. It takes place from a height of about 80 feet from the ground. One of the main differences of Ozone and Jumping Heights is that there is no fixed platform in Ozone. The entire bungee jumping equipment is set up in a mobile crane, which stands 130 feet high. This has often raised eyebrows regarding safety concerns, as jumping off a platform being held together by a crane is relatively less safer. The age limit set in Ozone is between 18 and 60 years.
Wanderlust in Delhi offers a decent bungee jumping experience and an overall nice and pleasurable experience. The entire staff is professionally trained in Germany and most of the equipment operates with German technology. Hence, the safety of the jumper is given maximum importance here. The crane jumps here are from a height of 130ft above the ground level. The age limit is 14 to 50 years. Any adventure enthusiast that falls in this bracket can experience this adventure.
Goa has always been the go to location for adventure lovers and bungee jumping is quite popular here. Situation close to the fabulous Anjuna beach, Gravity Zone in Goa beckons you for a thrilling bungee jumping experience. You can enjoy your first shot at bungee jumping here as it is located at an estimated height of 25 metres, which is much lower than other spots. You will be thrilled beyond words by your exciting and shocking first ever bungee jumping experience.
Della adventure is located in a small hill station in the outskirts of Pune, which offers a beautiful landscape and is an ideal spot for bungee jumping in an adventure park. The whole experience lasts for 7 to 10 minutes at an average and the height of the tower is 150 ft. The cut-off age limit is 10 years old and the required body weight should be above 35 kg to perform the jump. There are experts who will guide you through the process and they will walk you through all the safety measures. Not only this, you will also receive a certificate that will attest how you successfully overcame your fears.
There have been many incidents of bungee jumping accidents over the years usually caused by the detachment of ankle tether and by whiplash. As a back up for the ankle attachment, commercial operators have now added a body harness, similar to those used during climbing expeditions into the safety equipment list. Before trying this daring and thrilling sport, do ensure that all the safety measures are provided to you. Any negligence in terms of safety can ruin your experience. So, be safe and make the most of this incredible adventure sport.