Indulge in the gamut of adventure and fly in the sky without wings!
Do you feel the adrenaline rush in your nerves when you imagine falling off from the sky above defying gravity for a while? If yes, be ready to feel high and not just in literal terms! Before taking that giant leap, you have the wind gushing in your face, the heart-pounding with excitement, and the mind giving you the second thoughts but the moment you jump off, you experience the beauty of relinquishing. If you think that to tick off this adventure from your bucket list you need to get your passport stamped, then you need to think again.
All the adventure seekers in India don’t really need to keep the skydiving on their bucket list waiting to be marked off now because we have got a list of best places in India suitable for Skydiving where they can embrace this art of letting go!
But wait! Before you really go for it, you should know a little more about skydiving. There are various types of Skydiving and three are most common in India:
Tandem Jump: Perfect for the Beginners
The quickest and easiest way of experiencing the free fall is through the tandem skydive technique. In this jump, you are connected to a harness attached to a professional tandem instructor who guides you through the whole jump from exit through freefall, piloting the canopy, and landing. You don’t need to undergo any training sessions for this jump. So, if you are trying skydiving for the first time, you can consider tandem jump.
Static Line Jump: Requires Comprehensive Training
You go solo on this one unlike tandem jump but, you stay connected to the aircraft with the cord. Sigh! A formalized ground training gives you a comprehensive view of how to execute the jumps. The parachute opens automatically by a ‘static-line’ which is attached to the aircraft, you can then fly and land the canopy yourself.
Accelerated Free Fall: Enthralling Adventure
This is an exhilarating way of experiencing skydiving. Beginners don’t usually prefer this one as it is considered as most challenging, but if you call yourself an adventurer, you can try this one. This is a solo free fall and you need to jump without any attachments. It requires serious classroom and practical training. Typically, two instructors work with one student to teach him or her the accelerated freefall method and will hold onto the student until they successfully learn to deploy their parachute and then release and deploy. If you have it in you, take a step forward.
Dive headfirst in the blue sky and witness the breathtaking views. Take the plunge in the azure sky! Here are the 6 best-skydiving destinations in India:
Aamby Valley: Maharashtra
You are craving for that aerial view of the topography, aren’t you? Well, Aamby valley offers the safest skydiving experience that will feed your soul. With international experienced instructors from the USA and Europe, you can be assured of being in the right hands. You can choose according to your adventure spark between tandem fall, static line jumping and free fall. On a weekday tandem jump costs INR 25,000 (Inclusive of photography and videography) and on weekends, it will cost you around INR 30,000 (Inclusive of photography and videography).
You can go skydiving at any time of the year except for the monsoon. Sky diving is a weather-sensitive activity, you should always call your booking department just to confirm your jump and make sure if the weather is suitable. Don’t forget to be in your comfortable clothes.
Pondicherry: Tamil Nadu
It’s a misconception that for any good adventure sport, you need to book the flight out of India. Pondicherry is considered one of the most beautiful locations for skydiving, it offers tandem and static line jump allowing you to enjoy the spectacular beauty of Pondicherry as you free fall from the sky. The static jump costs INR 18,000 (1 jump) to 62,000 (5 jumps) and tandem jump costs INR 27,000.
You will be qualified for skydiving only if you are medically fit. Your body should not contain alcohol or any other drug while skydiving. If you have just recovered from any surgery, then you should not try this.
You will be awestruck while soaring in the blue sky in Deesa, Gujarat, a beautiful lakeside city that is famous for being a skydiving destination in India. This quaint town tends to offer one of the best skydiving experience. Gujarat is the first state to have a certified drop zone in Deesa. Several skydiving camps are organized by the Sports Authority of Gujarat and the Indian Parachuting Federation every year. The static line jump costs INR 16500, tandem jump costs INR 33500 and AFF costs INR 37500.
Before you take that plunge, make sure you are all prepared for it, mentally and physically. Make sure you eat moderately.
In the past few years, Mysore has gained popularity in offering magnificent views, professional instructors and experts who make sure that you live the Skydiving experience in the best exciting way possible. Nestled at the base of Chamundi Hills, Mysore, it is one a certified skydiving base that offers static jump, tandem jump and accelerated free fall. Check out the next lined up skydiving camps. Till now, you have just imagined flying like a bird, it’s now time to make it happen! The weekday tandem jump costs INR 35,000 and weekend tandem costs INR 42,000
Make sure you dress appropriately. Get enough sleep and eat right. Do familiarize yourself with the gears properly.
Dhana, Madhya Pradesh
Nestled east of Bhopal, this beautiful town is considered as a fascinating skydiving destination in India. Offering picturesque beauty, Dhana was the first place to organize the skydiving camp in India. You get the option of static line jump and tandem jump to choose from. If you have that adventure spark in you, you just can’t miss this one! The static jump costs INR 12,000 to 20,000 plus taxes and tandem jump costs INR 40,000 plus taxes.
All the prices are inclusive of training, photography, videography, meals, certificate of the jump, and accommodation.
Make sure your skydiving instructors are certified with a Class D license and have completed a good number of jumps. Do your research and check the credentials of your skydiving company and instructor are properly certified.
If you are a beginner, you can try Tandem skydiving which is unquestionably safest and simplest way to experience skydiving.
Get the bird’s eye view of the beautiful city like never before as you jump out of the plane and your heart pounding with excitement. The skydiving sessions take place near Nagarjuna Sagar airport which is located 150 km away from Hyderabad. The professional trainers strictly follow the guidelines of United States Parachute Association and the training is given for about 3 days. The accelerated freefall costs approximately INR 25,000 and INR 1000 extra if you need the video clip of your skydiving.
Make sure that you pay attention to every detail that is shared with you during the training sessions so that you have a good grasp of all the nitty-gritties of skydiving. If you wish to fly solo, you can enroll in a well-equipped training session.
Because the sky is the limit!
What are you waiting for? Experience the exhilarating free-fall and enjoy the glorious view as you gently descend to earth! Flying above the clouds and falling through the sky is an adventure you will always treasure. Go for it!