I’m a self-confessed adrenaline junkie and never miss a chance to experience new adventures! From white water rafting in Bhutan, adventure water sports in Goa or amazing roller coasters in various amusement parks around the globe, if it’s thrilling, I need to do it. One of the main reasons behind my recent trip to Jodhpur was to experience Zip Lining and Paragliding. I’ve already written about Paragliding in Jodhpur so now I’m going to share my experience of Zip Lining in Jodhpur.
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FlyingFox Zip line is one of the few Zip Lines in the world operated at a Heritage Sight. The lines are located within the boundary of the Mehrangarh Fort (more about this later) and offer a breath taking view of the fort itself and Jodhpur city. I had booked my Zip Line online from their official website and had opted for the 10 am slot to avoid harsh heat. I left the hotel at 9.15 am for the Fort, but was delayed by 15 minutes as the road to the fort is partly narrow so I parked my car and took a Rickshaw the rest of the way – you might need to do the same.
Upon reaching the fort, I took my entry ticket for the fort as I planned on touring Mehrangarh Fort once I was done with the Zip Line. The guards guided me towards the Zip Line operations area. To my delight Zip Lining in Jodhpur gives you access to the areas of Mehrangarh Fort that are closed to general visitors. The steep slopes, pristine gardens and manicured lawns give you a very royal experience. It’s an extremely well preserved area and is very clean despite the heavy footfall. Plastic bags, tobacco and other food items that litter the surroundings aren’t allowed inside the fort so this is why. Guards at the entrance will check your bags and make you dump these things. This helps keeping the fort clean.
Getting Ready To Zip The Lines
Upon reaching the Flying Fox office we were asked to keep our bags and other things at their office. They don’t allow anything on the line because of safety reasons but I decided to carry my camera as it has a strap and I could wear it around my neck. Upon depositing our things and signing the disclaimer forms they lead the group towards a practice line. Here they harness you up and give other protective gear to you. Then they teach you the postures, how to break if you come speeding towards the end and how to crawl if you get stuck in between. The lesson also doubles as a test for the harness and gloves.
Zip Lining in Jodhpur is done is groups, so even if you’re alone they will take you to the lines in a group of 10 to 12 people. Each group is accompanied by two experts and each one stays at either ends of the line. The most interesting part of the experience is that they have 6 lines and you get to do all of them. We headed to the first line, this is a basic line which gives you time to get used to the wind direction, speed and height. From the second line onwards you start appreciating and enjoying the view.
The lines criss-cross over beautiful gorge, giving breath taking view of the palace stepwell and Jodhpur City at the base of the fort. To reach from one line to another you need to do some hiking. Some lines fall in the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park and so you get to see some natural rock formations. Their second longest and the second longest line starts from a height which gives you speed. At the end of the fourth line I couldn’t break myself and dashed at full speed with their safety stopper. This disoriented me for a few seconds, but otherwise I was unhurt and the staff were well prepared and gave me water. As we weren’t carrying anything, staff was carrying backpacks to help us carry stuff and also water and a first aid kit.
Getting Stuck On The Line (Intentionally)
One of the most interesting things happened when I got stuck on the 6th and the longest line. While they were teaching to crawl, I was curious about it and wanted to feel what it felt line to get stuck about 500 feet above the ground. Trust me it was amazing, I got to enjoy the view sitting there. I took my time to look around and then followed the instructions given to us. Crawling was also fun. One of the fellow group members also got stuck and the crew went to get him. All of the 6 lines total approximately over a 1000 meters of zipping. At the end of the 6th line I was so pumped that I couldn’t stand still.
Once the whole group was done, we headed back to the office, deposited our gear and collected our bags. Zip Lining in Jodhpur took us over 2 hours from start to finish and I would say it was time well spent.
Touring Mehrangarh Fort
I got back to the fort entrance thirsty and hungry but happy. The first order of business was to refuel. I had a Burger and Iced Tea at the Fort Café. The food was good, but was too busy to notice as I was already thinking about getting a guide and seeing the fort. For those who do not understand Hindi or English, or are alone and don’t want a guide you can go for an audio tour. The Audio Tour is available in French, German, English and Hindi. The pricing for the Audio tour and Tourist Guide is pretty transparent and no bargaining is required.
Myself and some other members of the Zip Line tour went with a tourist guide and he took us to the main part of the fort through the victory ramp. This is the same route the King and his soldiers used to enter the fort after winning a war. The ramp has decorative windows above so that the women of the fort can watch them.
The atrium of the fort has ancient tanks and other weapons used during the war. Different sections and rooms of the fort house displays of relics used by the royals. Again the opulence of their lifestyles took my breath away. For detailed information on the fort or if you want to plan a visit you can visit the Mehrangarh Fort official website.
Mehrangarh Fort Meets Game Of Thrones
I’m Game of Thrones buff and while seeing the fort I couldn’t stop thinking of King’s Landing. There are a lot or similarities in terms of the style, the history etc. When the guide took us to the throne room, I could almost hear Cersie Lannister holding court. I guess my imagination was running wild listening to the history, but imagining Game of Thrones was fun.
Interestingly I was reading Rich People Problems, the final book in the Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan and the book features a very detailed Bollywood style proposal that’s seen at the entrance of the fort. The victory ramp gave me pretty conflicting ideas imagining Game of Thrones and a romantic proposal at the same time.
It took me another couple of hours to see the fort and visit the fort shop. The boutique at the fort is one of the best heritage boutiques in the world and it sells replicas of Royal Jewelry, clothing and other items. Photography at the boutique is strictly prohibited, hence no pictures of this place.
The Perfect End To The Perfect Day
Wonderfully tired I decided to head towards my hotel and rest. But the adrenaline in my system was too much to let me nap. As I was contemplating going out, the reception called to inform us that the hotel had planned a Rajasthani folk dance and music program for entertainment of the guests. I decided to stay back and enjoy the program. The performers were really good and the show they put up was absolutely delightful. The cultural program marked a perfect end to my more than perfect day in Jodhpur.
Tips For Zip Lining In Jodhpur
For those of you that are planning to go for it, make sure you dress in comfortable closed shoes preferably sneakers or tennis shoes. Wear full clothing to protect yourself from heat and scrapes or bruises while you are climbing to reach the next line. Use loads of sunscreen, I forgot to use it and came back two shades darker and my cheeks slightly burnt. But I can’t complain, I didn’t even notice the heat until we were done with all the lines. Also if you own a GoPro carry it with you because they do not have cameras for rent and photographing while zipping is practically impossible.
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