Bungee Jump is there in the list of every thrill seeker’s adventure bucket list. It is right below skydiving and somewhere above Paragliding. The joy, thrill, and fear of falling from a height of 80+ feet are enough to send a chill down your spine.
In year 2010, I was studying in Bangalore when news started floating that the city would have its own bungee jump platform. It was being made near Bannerghatta National Park and I had made sure that I’ll experience it as soon as it starts. The day this platform started operating was the day when it recorded its first death. The first person who took the free fall was the first person to die as the rope collapsed. My dreams of experiencing this thrill went into oblivion for a while.
I had the taste of my first bungee jump at Jumpin Heights, Rishikesh. After two of my cousin sisters did it with utmost swag, there was no chance in the world that I experience it myself. Jumpin Heights takes pride as India’s First Extreme Adventure Zone. This is the highest bungee platform in the country. Jumpin Heights in Rishikesh is the pioneer of bungee jumping in India and has a fully equipped team of experts from Australia and New Zealand.
*In my head*: “I should shout that dialogue from Bajirao Mastani or give a flying kiss to camera as I fall, not able to decide.”
*In reality *: “What the hell are you doing, are you crazy? This could be the last thing that you’d be doing. They’ll play this jump video at your obituary.”
“WHAT THE FUCK, I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS!!!!”
Nevermind; I am already falling.
Trust me, when I tell you that I am a veteran of doing things motivated by superior level of stupidity and impulse. Whether it is rock climbing in Hampi or rafting through ice cold water at Beas River in Manali, even a solo trek through 8 feet of snow in a failed attempt to visit Chandrakhani Pass, I have done it all. But the kind of fear that a bungee platform sends in your head is unmatchable. When you are climbing a boulder in Hampi, you know that at max you’ll break a few bones if you fall. There is a life jacket while you are rafting so you know that at least you’ll float until the rescuers arrive. When it comes to bungee, the fear doesn’t happen until you are standing on the edge looking below from that height. That is the point where you realize that this is sheer stupidity. One mistake and your body won’t be found, you can die before you hit the ground and they’ll only find your dead body in a pulp.
Thankfully, by the time these thoughts run through your head, the instructor already pushes you from the platform. This is the most thrilling extreme adventure that I have been involved in my life. When you fall, the world becomes silent. That is the time when you can see the world around you in 360 degrees. You return back to your senses, you find yourself hanging by a rope falling towards the ground. Then you find yourself being pulled upwards and this continues for a while. The 60 seconds of your romance with gravity ends and the team below pulls you to the ground.
My best adventure will be remembered as a hilarious attempt to kill myself. Check the video below, you’ll realize that I chickened out at the last moment. This is the worst bungee jump pose ever. People who saw it have laughed their ass off, although most of them have accepted that they won’t do it even if they are paid a million dollars.
I climbed that stupid hilly path, reached the Bungee station, took my certificate, badge and video of the jump and then left for Rishikesh.
What are the charges for Bungee Jump?
Bungee at Jumpin Heights costs INR 3500 per person. You’ll have to pay INR 400 for a pick and drop by bus to the jump spot at Mohanchatti. You’ll have to pay an amount of INR 200 for the video of your jump.
Is it okay to book the bungee on spot?
If you are traveling on a weekday then you may find a spot but it is recommended to book your jump online through their portal.
Note: There are two websites from that offer booking for this activity. The Jumpin Heights website is the authentic and reliable one.
Can I do rafting and bungee on a single day?
Both activities take their own share of energy. Keep two days for both adventures and go for rafting after the day you are done with the jump.
Is the bungee jjumping in Rishikesh safe?
They have conducted more than 50k jumps so they have a specialty in safety measures. They have a team of international experts who assist you in the jump.
What is the ideal time to do the Bungee Jump
The bungee station operates from March to early June and then restarts in the month of September and continues till January
The nerve wracking jump is actually the easier part of the entire activity. Once you are down, you are asked to trek to the jump station/restaurant. It is a steep climb of half a kilometer and is the worst walk that you’d ever do especially after you are already dead tired and want to get a sleep after spending half your day in the hot and humid climate of Rishikesh.
An Eligibility Guide to Bungee Jumping
Age: Minimum 12 yrs
Weight: Minimum 35 kgs and Maximum 120 kgs
Reporting Time: 9 AM at the office at Tapovan, the bus takes you to the jumping point at Mohanchatti at 9:30 and takes around 45 minutes to reach. It takes around 3 to 4 hrs depending on the crowd and availability. The wait time gets longer during the weekends.
Weekly off: Tuesday Closed
Bungy Location: Mohanchatti (25 km from Rishikesh). Instead of taking the bus you can also drive by yourself to the bungee station after making your bookings online or at spot.
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): 400 / person.
Charges for Video (DVD) of the Activity, if required will be extra.