Have you ever wondered if you could be a part of an adventure like James Bond or Spiderman, or if you could just zoom forward in air with magnificent valleys below or see squirrels running around just before your eyes? Well, then you should try Zip-Lining. It is one of the most popular adventure sports in India. The zip-line is referred to the cable made from stainless steel which has two end points fixed on either side, the starting as well as the ending point. There is pulley on the cable, to which the person is fastened and it takes him from one end to the other. It is fun and thrilling at the same time, to ‘fly’ or ‘zoom fast’ between ridges, forests or forts.
In India, it’s been only few years that zip-line has been introduced, but in these years, it has become one of the most popular sports for adventure enthusiasts. It is the northern states that are more popular for zip-lining.
The best thing about zip-lining tours is that it can be undertaken at almost any time of the year, except for the rainy season. Winter months are considered to be more preferable than summers because chilling climate is always preferred than sweating, right?
Here is a list of the top 5 zip-ling destinations in India:
1. Neemrana Fort
The first ever zip-lining destinations in India, it also remains the most popular one. Yes, Neemrana fort is a fort which is now a heritage hotel and that too one of the oldest ones, apart from experiencing the historical heritage, you can also experience a very thrilling and adventurous zipping as it takes you for an electrifying aerial ride between the ridge tops and the forts on the hills. There are around 5 zip lines with varying distance and there are around 6 sessions daily. A single tour can take around 2 hours with a group comprising of 10 zippers.
2. Kikar Lodge
Kikar Lodge is a beautiful place located in Nurpur Bedi village in Punjab and it takes around an hour and 45 minutes to reach there from Chandigarh. It is the longest zipping tour in not just India but the entire South Asia with a distance of 1.5 km and also it offers zipping in forest. It is one of the best ways to ‘fly’ above dense forests and it takes a brave heart to undertake the adventure as deep below, there are high trees that make the dense jungle. An added advantage is the majestic view of the mountains. There are 5 zip-line tours which are from 180 to 400 m in length and there are short walks in between, making it a unique experience. The zip-lining tour is available on all days of the week barring Wednesdays with four zipping sessions every day. Since it is a lodge, you can also stay here and enjoy great cuisine as well and also indulge in other fun activities including a night safari.
3. Mehrangarh Fort
This spectacular fort in Rajasthan is known for its amazing structure and the history it puts forward. Located in Jodhpur, it is the highest fort in India, with an altitude of 400 ft above sea level. Also it is the largest fort in the state, and is one of the most popular zip-lining destinations in India. There are six zip lines with duration of two hours. The circular zip rides with short walks is definitely thrilling as well as amazing. What makes zip-lining at Mehrangarh Fort a great place for enthusiasts of the sport is that both beginners and the adventurous zippers will find it fun. Undertaking a zipping ride in Mehrangarh Fort is quite challenging since it is the highest fort in the country and thus a treat for the adventurous zippers. Even beginners can zip safely as trained instructors will be accompanying them.
4. Kerwa Dam
This beautiful place located in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh is famous for its longest twin zip at 520 m, and it is the longest in Asia. Thus Kerwa Dam is a hot destination for zippers from all around the world. A unique thing about Kerwa Dam is that it not only offers the thrill of the zipping, but also gives a great view of splendid nature. The zip ride can be started from a high hill and then crossing the beautiful Kerwa lake. At the launch platform itself, you will get to see a diversity of flora and fauna, which is an absolutely amazing view. It is also one of the safest places to zip as there is strict maintenance and overseeing of the zipping lines. Zipping at Kerwa Dam is also perhaps one of the most adventurous zipping rides because you will be actually dangling across a vast dam and that too at an intimidating height, and then you will be passing through gushing waters of the dam with vicious wind covering you all over. If this won’t’ give you an adrenaline rush, what will?
5. Mussoorie Adventure Park
The name itself promises an adventurous zip ride, doesn’t it? Located in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie adventure park is the only place in India where you can get wild life zipping, that is you get to hover around majestic animals in their own habitat. If just the mention of it makes the zip ride thrilling, imagine how adventurous it would be to actually experience it? It is also the highest zip ride in India with a height of 600 ft and the length is of 800 ft. Enjoy the splendid ride among the beautiful forest and its alluring trees.