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B | Bungee Jumping

The exhilarating fall, the view and the experience, it all comes together for that one quick dive. The bungee jump one of the most thrilling adventurous sports there is. Bungee Jumping is one of the most extreme, extreme sports available. Although the time frame is probably a lot shorter than you’d like it to be, but that rush is something else.

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Where it began…

Bungee Jumping as a sport was inspired by the ritual practice of the Pentecost Island, in the South Pacific, a ritual known as the “land diving”. It came about as a part of an ancient legend of a woman being mistreated by her husband. When she tried to escape she always got caught and was thus punished for her attempts.

However, one time she climbed to the top of the tallest banyan tree on the island. She jumped from the top of the tree, with her husband following her in an attempt to catch her. However he stopped at the top after he saw her jump. The woman had tied vines around her ankle before her jump, which broke her fall. The woman taunted the husband for being too cowardly to perform the jump himself. Obviously taking the taunt, the husband jumped but with no vines to break his fall thus, falling to his death.

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This event has been reconstructed by the islanders who built a tower from which they jump as a means of proving their bravery and warding off evil spirits, because ofcourse. The success of the yam harvest of the island is believed to be linked with the achievement of this ritual.

The spread…

A footage of this ritual surfaced to the outside world in the 1970s and at the end of that decade the first successful bungee jump was carried out at the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol by the members of Oxford University’s Dangerous Sports Club – yeah I had the same disbelief when I read that name- although the activity was confined to the members of the club.

The sport was popularized later on by New Zealander A.J. Hackett, who gets credited as its originator, but you’ve already read the paragraphs above so you know that’s not really true. He did set up the first commercial jump site in 1988 in Ohakune and eventually setting up a permanent operation at Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown.

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The important part…

In Nepal, the Last Resort in the Bhotekosi canyon was the first Bungee Jumping site in Nepal, made in 2001. It was a joint venture with cooperation of businessmen from Nepal and New Zealand. A bridge was built across the Bhotekoshi River for this purpose. Along with Bungee Jumping, the resort also conducts other adventure sports like canoeing, swings, rafting, mountain biking, and well, so on. This is the nearest bungee point from the capital Kathmandu. And as most of the international tourists gain access to the country through the airport in the capital, this is the most convenient point for this purpose. The site is located in Tatopani, which lies close to the Nepal-Tibet border.

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The aforementioned bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the country with a 500ft (160m) drop from the jumping point, making it the longest free fall in the world. The site is surrounded by some spectacular scenery too. The area is surrounded by green forest, the cliffs and the Bhotekoshi River at the bottom giving its own aura to the jump.    

And over at Pokhara,

The Hemja Bungy Jump is Nepal’s first tower bungee jumping point. Located at the village known as Hemja- I know easy naming- inside the Valley of Pokhara, the Bungee jump point service started from 2010. It is a part of the HighGround Adventures in Nepal, which also runs a Zip-lining service from Sarangkot to Hemja- I know, good strategy. The bungee jump is an 80m drop from the tower giving a view of the Pokhara Valley.

There is another bungee jump point under construction over at Pokhara so; maybe there will be more updates on that later on down the line.

Some notes…

There are a few requirements that you’d need to fulfill to be able to take part in the sport however. The criteria changes however on which point you choose. However there is an age bar- jumper needing to be above 12 years to take part and above 15 years to take part solo-, a weight limit- between 35 to 125kg-, there should be no alcohol consumption during the ride and the jumper must be wearing close toed footwear. The jumper also needs to be in a good condition physically and mentally for the jump. So, do remember to check up on your state along with your planning. Oh, and don’t forget to Scream during the jump. Just trust me on that one.  

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