Bungee Jumping in India
Bungee jumping is relatively new in India, and there are only a handful of destinations that offer the activity. Rishikesh, in Uttarakhand, is the country’s first bungee site, and easily the best known. Jumps take place from a cantilever platform constructed on a rocky bluff looking out over a tributary of the River Ganges. And now, there are bungee facilities in Delhi and Bangalore – within the city limits – and on a beach in the north of Goa.
A bungee jump almost entirely consists of an elastic rope, which is actually a braided shock cord, tied to the ankle of the jumper. Most bungee cords are made from natural rubber (used due to its elasticity). Two types of harness are used for a bungee jump – a leg harness, which is joined to the cord, and a body harness (back-up for the ankle attachment, for safety purposes).
Best season in India
Throughout the year, but outside of the monsoons
Bungee Jumping sites in India
North – Rishikesh (Uttarakhand), Delhi
South – Bangalore (Karnataka)
West – Anjuna Beach, North Goa (10km north of Calangute)
Depending on the height jumped, and also the difficulty of the jump, each bungee operation would have different minimum requirements. Usually, the minimum age is 12 to 14 years (there is no maximum age – as long as you’re fit and healthy!); the minimum weight is around 35kg, and the maximum around 110kg.
If you suffer from a heart condition, epilepsy, high blood pressure, diabetes, or a neurological disorder, or are pregnant, it is advised that you don’t attempt the jump.
When going bungee jumping, whether in the city or outside the city, remember the two golden rules – do not litter, and leave your immediate environment as you found it. If you see any non-biodegradable waste around you, please clean it up (carry it out with you). And desist from boasting about your daredevilry by defacing the rocks!