World’s highest bungee jumping site at an altitude of about 10,500ft will come up at steep but beautiful gorge near Marhi in Manali very soon.
In an effort to attract more tourists to Manali, the government is developing different adventure activities which are either longest, tallest or are located at the highest altitude in the world. After making a 350m-long sky-cycling track at Gulaba, which is the highest such track of the world at an altitude of 9,300ft, the proposed bungee jumping site is at staggering 10,500ft from sea level.
As the site has been finalized, the work on the project will start very soon. Manali based Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) will supervise the construction work.
ABVIMAS director Col Neeraj Rana said the jumping platform will be 182m (596ft) high from the ground which is highest in Asia. “No country in the world has bungee jumping site at this altitude. We shall fit four 32mm metal cables across the gorge and a motorized cage will take the jumper to the jumping site. The whole project is based on a latest technique which has been adopted recently by the New Zealand and the USA,” he said.
He added that the purpose of setting up of longest or highest adventure activities at highest altitude in the world is to make them extreme and catchy. “We want to make Manali an adventure sports destination for the world. We are introducing all popular activities and are brining latest techniques. We are taking care of the safety and environment as well.”
This will be the first and the only bungee jumping of Himachal while second in North India. While all other adventure activities are available in Kullu-Manali, the absence of bungee jumping was upsetting the adventure enthusiasts. The high installation cost, requirement of deep open gorge and safety concerns were the roadblocks in its introduction.
The forest department of Himachal is introducing all the eco-friendly adventure sports at Gulaba and Marhi areas below Rohtang pass. Enjoying 570m zip-lining at Gulaba at 9,300ft will also be a thrilling experience. Both sky-cycling and zip-line are ready and will be inaugurated soon. Only drawback in all the activities here, including bungee jumping, will be that they will not be available in winters where the area is covered with over 10ft of snow.
Kullu-Manali is famous for paragliding, river rafting, ziplines, skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, river crossing, canoeing, climbing expeditions, trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, fishing, ATV rides, cycling, biking, zorbing and many more activities. Now the tourists can enjoy sky-cycling at Gulaba while bungee jumping in Manali will be available in next few months.