Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh: 60 secs of insane courage

Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh at Jumpin Heights proved to be more exciting and scarier than I had envisioned it to be. It was a special occasion as India’s First Extreme Adventure Zone and India’s Highest Bungee Jumping Platform was successfully completing 50, 000 Bungee Jumps. To mark this success, a gala event was organised that witnessed participation from over hundred jumpers, locals, and the ‘Dangal girls’Fatima Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra. Here’s my experience of being taken over by fear and ultimately winning over it.

1…2…3…Jump

No…No…No…No…I can’t.

Please pull me back. I don’t think I am ready. I need more time to compose myself.

The culprit was my overthinking. I had breached the golden rule of Extreme AdventureKeep your mind at home. I had forgotten that if you can’t do something, you must give it a try. After all, if you don’t win over your fear, the fear will win over you. And there can’t be anything worse than giving up without trying.

Rodolphe Vincent, the head safety instructor at Jumpin Heights, echoed my sentiments,

You are thinking too much. Just jump. The more time you take more difficult it will become.

And it wasn’t just me who was scared. Gaurav who had bungee-jumped a few years ago couldn’t do it again too. So, the theory of becoming less scared with more adventure might not be entirely correct. The best remedy to get over a fear is to not give it enough time in your mind to spread its wings.

DID I LET FEAR WIN OVER ME?

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No. Although I didn’t bungee jump the first time I didn’t give up. I tried. I failed. I tried again. And I succeeded. I felt incredible after the jump and cursed myself for letting fear have an edge over me for a brief moment. My fear was completely unwarranted. The jump was completely safe. It refreshed me while the uphill trek (after the jump) to the restaurant drained me out.

At the restaurant, I met Niharika Nigam, the Director –Business Development at Jumpin Heights. During our conversation, she narrated a thrilling story of mental strength and resilience. On May 2, 2010, when she turned 19, she attempted the maiden jump at Jumpin heights or quasi-suicide as her mother called it that time. Her mother was terribly scared and wouldn’t let her jump at any cost but Niharika was determined to lead from the front and demonstrate to the world how safe Bungee Jumping was. So, sneaking out of her mother’s radar she quietly performed the jump.

Niharika Singh, the first bungee jumper at Jumpin Heights, Rishikesh

Niharika Singh, the first bungee jumper at Jumpin Heights, Rishikesh

From that maiden jump to completing 50,000 jumps, Jumpin Heights has come a long way.

Us reaching 50k Bungee Jumps, which internationally is a huge number in Bungee Jumping, is a testimony to the fact that it is gaining immense popularity in India. I remember when we started people would ask weird questions because they had not heard of this sport. And today, we are the #1 attraction on ‘Things to Do’ in Rishikesh on Trip Advisor.

HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

My heart was throbbing rapidly and my hands were shaking. Even the harness snugged around my hips and over the shoulders and the pep talk by the jump instructor couldn’t scare away my fears. Safety checks were performed, my weight and jump number marked on my hand were checked to balance the weight on the harness. With both legs bound together, I started walking like a penguin towards the ledge.

My heart was throbbing rapidly and my hands were shaking. Even the harness snugged around my hips and over the shoulders and the pep talk by the jump instructor couldn’t scare away my fears. Safety checks were performed, my weight and jump number marked on my hand were checked to balance the weight on the harness. With both legs bound together, I started walking like a penguin towards the ledge.

Harnessed for the Bungee Jumping Harnessed for the Bungee Jumping

My feet were on the edge of the ledge and the crew was holding my harness at my back. Neither pushing nor pulling. The jump instructor gave the final set of instructions and started the countdown. 1…2…3…3…Jump! My heart was pumping incessantly. I wanted to turn back but I didn’t. Without wasting a second more I looked at the yellow signboard at the far end of the road, stretched my arms out, leaned forward and bang I JUMPED!

My feet were on the edge of the ledge and the crew was holding my harness at my back. Neither pushing nor pulling. The jump instructor gave the final set of instructions and started the countdown. 1…2…3…3…Jump! My heart was pumping incessantly. I wanted to turn back but I didn’t. Without wasting a second more I looked at the yellow signboard at the far end of the road, stretched my arms out, leaned forward and bang I JUMPED!

After almost a minute of adrenaline pumping, my jump was over. Alas! All good things last for a less time. Finally, two people waiting near the river pulled me down to a deck. My harness was removed, a water bottle was given and I was awarded the badge saying, ‘I have guts’. Yes, I had done it. I had won my fear. There’s no better feeling than winning over your fear. I wish my words could do justice to that feeling.

10 TIPS BEFORE YOU BUNGEE JUMP FOR THE FIRST TIME

Bungee Jumping Free Fall after taking the leap of faithBungee Jumping Free Fall after taking the leap of faith

  1. Lead, don’t follow

    Your fear doesn’t leave you if just watch others take the plunge. Go take the leap of faith. The longer you wait to take the leap, the more time you spend making excuses and convincing yourself to back out.

  2. 1, 2, 3…Jump 

    Jump before 3. If you let the person count until jump, chances are you won’t jump on the first count.

  3. Don’t look down 

    That was the mistake I made. It looks damn scary from the top. Just look at the eye level and perform the jump

  4. Choose your surroundings carefully 

    Bungee jumping is about your whole experience, not just the leap. So, choose a brand that is trusted, has well-trained staff and is set in a calming environment.

  5. Trust the jump instructors 

    Jump Instructors go through a long, in-depth international training schedule to become a qualified Instructor. You can trust them with your life.

  6. Wear comfortable clothes

    Wear anything you’re comfortable in – T-shirts, shorts, pants! Avoid wearing a skirt, dress or high heels. You can bungee jump either barefoot or with shoes. Just ensure to tie the laces well.

  7. Don’t eat too much before the jump

    It’s advisable to not jump with a stomach full as you might puke while jumping won’t be a good sight to look at.

  8. Look into the camera and smile

    After the jump, you would want to brag about your adventure to your friends so don’t look scared (even if you are). Take the plunge with a happy face.

  9. Don’t carry your valuables

    You are not allowed to carry a mobile, camera, jewelry or anything else. So, don’t carry them along when you jump.

  10. Read carefully before signing the form 

    Don’t jump if you have any chronic disorders like heart problem, backache etc. mentioned in the list

BASIC FACTS TO CONSIDER

Age: Minimum 12 yrs
Weight: Minimum 35 kgs and Maximum 120 kgs
Reporting Time: 9 AM and average time to complete the activity is 3 to 4 hrs depending on availability
Weekly off: Tuesday Closed
Bungy Location: Mohanchatti (25 km from Rishikesh)

For more details: visit Jumping Heights website or sent an email to [email protected]

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Entry Ticket: 100 / person

Bungee Jumping: 3500 / person

Giant Swing: 3500 / person

Flying Fox (if done alone): 3000 / person

Flying Fox (3 persons in tandem): 1700 / person

Local Transfers from Tapovan to Bungy Station (to / fro): 300 / person extra.

Charges for Video (DVD) of the Activity, if required will be extra.

So have you ever done Bungee jumping or tried any other adventure sport? Here is some adventure inspiration for you and some Offbeat Adventure Activities that you have not heard before.

Print Coverage

This abridged version of story was published in two publications

  1. Travel 3 Sixty (Air Asia in-flight magazine): Take the Plunge 
  2. DB Post:  60 seconds of insane courage

I was invited by Jumpin Heights to be a part of their gala celebration. All the views expressed and pictures clicked are mines.

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