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Zip Lining Experiences in Rajasthan

The famous book “Invisible Man” authored by H.G. Wells speaks about this. Similarly, there are umpteen stories which talk about this activity which has been used in Himalayan mountain ranges as a source of transportation. Since time immemorial this has moved forward and transformed itself into a hobby for thrill seekers.

Today Zip-line tours have become a fun adventure tour activity where people just go out and enjoy the frenzy. Zip-lines offer a variety of height and length depending on the areas which may vary according to the actual location.

Technically if we go by the definition it says, “A zip-line consists of a pulley suspended on a cable mounted on an incline. It is designed in such a way that it enables a user to be propelled by gravity to traverse from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable, usually made of stainless steel, by holding on or attaching to the freely moving pulley.”

Zip-lines come in varied forms, most often used as means of providing exhilarating experience to a variety of audience varying from children to adventurous adults. Lately Zip line tours have gained immense popularity and have become popular among the urban class. It may be termed as an additional source of entertainment purely meant for the outdoor types who have the element of challenge curling within them.

For someone traveling to North India, Neemrana and Jodhpur in Rajasthan offer some fascinating zip-line circuits to make one feel ecstatic.

NEEMRANA
A three hours’ drive from Delhi is all that it takes to reach the Neemrana Fort-Palace, which has become a favourite spot for weekenders who wish to steal away some private moments with their loved ones and friends after a hectic and an eventful week filled with surprises. It is advisable to purchase your Flying Fox (service provider for Zip-lining) ticket in advance, as it allows you to gain free entry to the Fort-Palace. For others, there is an entry charge of INR 500 on weekdays and INR 750 during weekends for non-residents (half of which is redeemable against the purchase of a Flying Fox ticket on the day). As a Flying Fox customer you are permitted to spend up to two hours in the Fort-Palace before or after your zip tour. Upon reaching Neemrana village, one needs to simply follow signs to the Fort-Palace. The Flying Fox office is neatly cradled within the palace at Aranya Mahal. Neemrana offers five superb zip lines, which help you zip over the Aravelli Mountains of Rajasthan with a spectacular view of the 15th Century Neemrana Fort-Palace. Following are the five Zip lines offered by Neemrana:

Zip 1: Qila Slammer (330m) - This zip line soars high along the crest of the Aravelli Mountains, launching from an old lookout point and flying towards an ancient hill fort, with spectacular views of the Rajasthan countryside.
Zip 2: Where the Eagles Dare (400m) - This zip line spans the entire side of the mountain overlooking Neemrana Fort-Palace. This is the longest zip line and gives you the feel of an eagle soaring up in the air.
Zip 3: Pussy Galore (90m) - Named after one of the James Bond Girls, this zip may be short in length, but is really fast and sweet! Ooh lala!!
Zip 4: "Goodbye Mr. Bond..." (250m) - Continuing with the 007 theme, these immortals words were uttered by the villain Goldfinger, but Bond survived to fight another day...
Zip 5: The Big B (175m) - Named in honor of Thespian Mr. Amitabh Bachchan who was seen zipping from this very spot into the Fort-Palace during his film "Major Saab”.

JODHPUR
Jodhpur is one of Rajasthan's "must see" destinations. Time Magazine had once described Mehrangarh as "Asia's best Fort".

Mehrangarh Fort spellbinds one and all like a vast ocean liner wading through the sea of blue houses in the old quarter of Brahmpuri. Flying Fox promises to provide you the best view of Mehrangarh, by zipping you out to the City Wall, thereby allowing you to gain a perspective of Jodhpur across its Rao Jodha Park that remains unchanged for centuries.

Chokelao Garden, the place where you have the booking office of Flying Fox, is one of Rajasthan's undiscovered treasures - an oasis of lush green lawns, shady trees and fragrant flower borders which provide a haven amidst the piercingly hot desert sands of Marwar.

Flying Fox offers six separate zip lines, which deliver you speed, excitement and sizzling new views. These six lines are:

Zip 1: Chokelao Challenge (115m) which glides over lush, green Chokelao Garden, with great views of the Blue City
Zip 2: Ranisar Rollercoaster (170m) launches off a battlement, accessed through a secret tunnel, and flies high over Ranisar Lake
Zip 3: Chhota Wallah (70m) is short but sweet, crossing a deep rocky ravine at the head of the lake
Zip 4: Jai Jodha (270m) is a superb long zip line, buzzing the ridges and flying deep into the heart of Rao Jodha Park
Zip 5: Rajputs' Revenge (160m) launches from a rocky mountain top with glorious views of Mehrangarh
Zip 6: The Magnificent Marwar (300m) Considered as one of Flying Fox's most spectacular and iconic zip lines, zipping over two lakes and landing on the tip of a fortified tower rearing 30 meters out of Ranisar Lake.

Flying Fox Jodhpur gives you a sensational new perspective. Flying high over the outer battlements of Rajasthan's most majestic fortress, gliding serenely over two desert lakes, trekking through the Rao Jodha eco-park and enjoying the best view of Mehrangarh and the Blue City in Jodhpur will undoubtedly give you an experience of a lifetime to be cherished as memories.

Once you visit Jodhpur, you are also advised to visit the museum in Mehrangarh Fort where you should look out for the sword of Mughal Emperor Akbar and the magnificent gold howdah in which the Maharaja used to ride on his elephant. The gardens and restaurants located at the nearby Balsamand Lake Palace also provide a great side trip within the city.

Come…and enjoy the view that most mortals miss!