Best Places For Skydiving In India
Considered an extreme sport, Skydiving is an activity that one should undertake only if they are completely fearless of heights, raring to soar across the sky, daring enough to free fall and a heart sturdy enough to survive the excessively palpitating heartbeats and rush of adrenaline flowing through the body. And it’s hardly a matter of debate that one should attempt this sport only after thorough instruction and training, both classroom as well as practical sessions. Choosing the right type of dive, bearing in mind your tolerance levels for adventure and daring, would also serve your purpose and keep you free from harm or accident. But all said and done, once geared up and raring to go………this is a sport that tests your strength, daring, endurance and gives you a high like no other!
There are three types of sky dives :
The Tandem Jump – This is the most basic form of the sport, where you are attached to an instructor with a harness and both jump off together, using the same parachute, with the instructor pulling the cord. One needs minimal instruction for this type of skydiving.
The Static Line Jump – Here, one is connected to the aircraft with a cord and after free-falling for 3 seconds, the parachute opens on its own, without any action from the skydiver. The jump takes place at not more than 3000 feet. One requires a minimum training of 6 hrs for this kind of dive.
Accelerated Free Fall – This is the dive that truly dares and challenges a skydiving enthusiast. One has to jump and free fall without any attachments from a height of 13000 feet and this obviously is an accomplishment in itself. It is important to undergo a thorough training for this challenge, which includes both classroom and practical sessions.
Skydiving can be attempted at any time of the year, besides the monsoons and very windy weather.
Some of the best places for Skydiving in India are at :
Mysore, Karnataka :
Located very close to Bengaluru, Mysore has gained popularity as one of the best sky diving destinations in India. Situated at the base of Chamundi Hills, Mysore provides a thrilling experience in this sport. Many skydiving camps have been held here and are being conducted periodically, where they offer one the option of any of the three types of falls, before a 2-3 day professional training session. Indulging in this sport at Mysore, provides one with the wonderful opportunity of viewing awesome landscapes from the sky.
How to reach :
By air – The Bangalore International Airport is the closest major airport to Mysore. From here, one can reach Mysore by hiring a cab or taking a train or hopping onto any of the buses, both private as well as state-run buses.
By train – Mysore has a good rail network with several other cities in the region, while Bangalore itself is well connected with many major cities across the country.
By bus – One can opt for any of the private or state-run buses from the Kempegowda Bus Station in Bangalore.
Deesa, Gujarat :
Deesa in Gujarat, offers a great skydiving experience for both beginners, as well as true-blue skydiving enthusiasts. This picturesque river/ lake side city is a fabulous place to enjoy this sport. Gujarat is the first place in India to have a certified drop zone in Deesa and hence is regarded as one of the finest skydiving destinations in India. The Sports Authority of Gujarat and the Indian Parachuting Federation host several skydiving camps here.
How to reach :
By air – Deesa does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is at Ahmedabad which is 141 km away.
By train – Trains to Deesa are easily available from major cities of the country.
By bus – Buses to Deesa are regularly available from major cities of the country.
Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu :
This French colonial influenced, quaint and very pretty town is another exciting place to enjoy the sport of skydiving. One can enjoy the beautiful landscape as they skydive in this region. The camp here offers tandem jumps as well as static line jumps.
How to reach :
By air – The airport at Pondicherry has flights coming in only from Bangalore and Hyderabad as it can accommodate only a small aircraft. The next nearest airport is at Chennai which is very well connected with all major cities of the country and is just 135 kms away.
By train – The railway station at Villupuram is the nearest at a distance of just 35 kms away from Pondicherry town. It is well connected to other major cities by rail.
By bus – Both Private and State-owned buses ply very frequently from Chennai and several other cities in the region to Pondicherry.
Aamby Valley, Maharashtra :
Skydiving at Aamby Valley sure creates an unforgettable and memorable experience for an adventure seeker. Diving straight into the valley from a height of 10000 feet, takes some doing and provides a different type of thrill. The view of the valley and surroundings is mesmerizing as one free falls and is brave and calm enough to take in the surroundings. Currently only tandem jumps are permissible here. A skydiving stint at Aamby Valley therefore, is definitely a must for these adventure sport enthusiasts.
How to reach :
By air – The nearest airport is at Mumbai, from where one can then hire private cabs/ taxis to take you to Amby Valley.
By train – The railways at Mumbai are the closest to Amby Valley and there is a very good rail network with several cities across the country.
By bus – There are plenty of Private as well as State run buses that take you upto Lonavla and from there one can hire a taxi or car to take you to Amby Valley which is just around 30-40 mins away.
Dhana, Madhya Pradesh :
This is the destination at which India had it’s first skydiving camp, offering its participants the option of static line jump and the tandem jump. This quaint little town, snuggled in the east of Bhopal, is very well equipped with infrastructure to hold regular skydiving camps and has a splendid landscape for the skydiver to admire while he/ she free falls from a height of around 4000 feet.
How to reach :
By air – The closest airport to Dhana is the Khajuraho airport at a distance of 178 kms, from where one can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Dhana.
By train – Dhana has regular trains to and from Sagar, which is further well connected to all the major cities in the country.
By bus – State transport buses regularly ply between Dhana and Sagar. Dhana is also well connected to several cities across Madhya Pradesh
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