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Places in India for Extreme Sports: Best Places for Bungee Jumping, Skydiving and Paragliding
Nothing matches the thrill of taking a literal leap of faith. Extreme jumping sports test your mettle and give you an adrenaline rush like nothing else, and India has plenty of places along its mountain tops where you can conquer your fears.
In the words of the eminent German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Powerful moments where you come face to face with your fears make you stronger, and extreme sports get you those moments. Extreme sports and activities are defined as those that put your life on the line; think base jumping, bungee jumping and skydiving. Taking the literal leap in these cases can seem intimidating to say the least, but once you are over the edge, you can see transformational changes in yourself. So if you are ready to overcome your fears, here are a few spots in India where you can take the plunge. ALSO READ: 6 adventure sports every adrenaline junkie must try in India!
The hallowed and sacred city of Rishikesh by the banks of the Ganga River is famous as a pilgrimage destination and for its extreme water sports. The rapids that you find here are some of the best in the country, and the scenery doesn’t hurt either. Rishikesh also has the highest bungee jumping site in India, 83 meters high. This is also the only destination with a fixed cantilever platform that juts out of a cliff.
Located within Bangalore city, Ozone Adventures has a bungee jumping platform set up in Kanteerava Stadium. You take the leap from a height of 25 meters, on a platform suspended from a 40 meter crane. Located along St Mark’s Road in the city, this is one Bangalore experience you have to try out.
The popular hill station of Lonavala, located in the middle of Mumbai and Pune, is also home to a bungee jumping spot at the Della Adventures park. The platform lies around 150 feet above the ground and the jump itself is at an elevation of 45 meters and promises a thrilling 7-10 experience, complete with a certificate of your feat.
If bungee jumping is not your thing, you can travel to the city of Mysore a few hours away from Bangalore and go skydiving instead. The camp lies amidst the Chamundi Hills and offers tandem jumps, accelerated free falls and more. Just do the training for a few days and start flying.
Dhana, Madhya Pradesh
India got its first ever skydiving camp in Dhana, a small but beautiful town near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. From here, you can go freefalling at heights of up to 4,000 feet. So if you want to go to the oldest in the business, head to Dhana and prepare for a mind-blowing experience. CHECK OUT: 5 destinations in India to enjoy skydiving
Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh
Dhana may be the spot of India’s first skydiving camp, but Bir Billing is pretty much the headquarters of Indian paragliding. There are 11 locations in total in this region where you can go paragliding, with flights that can last as long as 30 minutes. Soar through the lower Himalayan mountains and get a literal bird’s eye view of the magnificent surroundings.
For those living in Mumbai or Pune and unable to fly out to Himachal Pradesh at the drop of the hat, there is always Kamshet. The hill town’s Tower Hills are home to a paragliding camp where you can soar through the Sahyadri Hills dotting the region and spot the little box-like houses of Kamshet village.
Fancy a bit of cliff diving? Head down south to little Pondicherry, which is big on culture and adventure. From here, venture around 20 km north of Pondicherry proper and head to the rock quarry, where you can find plenty of tall cliffs and deep waters that run up to 200 feet. NOW READ: Why is Savarkut a must visit destination for every adventure junkie
St Marys Island, Karnataka
Another cliff diving spot in India is on St Mary’s Island off the coast of Karnataka. Here, the lava cliffs of the island are a great setting to go cliff diving and experience the almost otherworldly terrain of the island in a completely different way.