Travel Diary XIII – De last resort, all set for swinging :*

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As the love for adventure sports grew, bungy jumping had to be on the list and that too from the height which is the deepest in the world – 160 Mts. That’s right it happens right here, in the Land of Himalayas, a three hour drive from the capital, Kathmandu. The world’s second deepest fall when it comes to bungy which has a 3 second free fall and the first while you are going for a swing at The Last Resort. They have canyoning and tandem swing too.

Some plans are best when not much research is done. It had to be sometime this year (hopefully) or later that I had no idea about, but it had to happen sooner. Its better when we don’t really know what we are in for, how the craziness is going to be?? I remember making plans for this activity couple of times and never succeed. So this time we were going even if everyone couldn’t make it. As the payment was done a day earlier at their office which is situated in Thamel, the videos were being played one after the other. The nervousness rose as we watched it, the confusion began on which adventure should we opt for as we filled the form and we were relieved as we got to know that we could chose any activity on the spot.

When options are given it gets confusing and one can think about it as many times and not get to a conclusion. This was exactly what happened to us. The dreams of jumping from a height which we had never imagined, the anxiety was mounting as the time went by. All the collective stories from different jumpers and swingers started coming together and we were going to be one soon.

20140522_083612 The three- four hour drive was fun and the view was super green on the way, as we passed Dulhikhel.20140522_142619 The last half an hour drive was a little patchy and the ratio of foreign nationals and Nepalese was the same. It was amusing listening to everyone as they spoke how scary it is going to be. Everyone was in the same zone- scared in the mind, but the heart wanted to go for it. As we reached the bridge at Bhotekoshi the feeling of the dive started sinking in and at the same time the view was breathtaking. Since the resort is on the other side, we crossed the small narrow link and we could see the platform where we were to jump from. As we reached the resort, which is beautifully made, with those camping tents, a perfect get away from the K-town.

We were given in a good briefing about bungy jump and the swing and were just instructed on one line- Keep your mind aside, and don’t think about anything, just go for the jump. We finally decided on the swing as it sounded more thrilling. And in no time we were at the bridge waiting for our turn. As we went diving one after the other, we could sense the exhilaration, adventure, apprehension on most of the faces. This feeling was pretty normal.

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As the bungy jumpers were harnessed by the ropes on their back and legs, a small video was quickly made by the crew. The moment when we were geared for the jump can never be forgotten. It was such a weird feeling. We had no idea where we were going to go even if we could see the river flowing right beneath. As I stood on the edge of the platform, I forgot how beautiful the mountains looked or the view was, the only agenda was experiencing the most famous swing. It seemed really easy but the count of 3, 2 and 1 by the bungy master gave in a roll, and we were surprised we were up for the activity. It was super crazy up then. The 7 seconds of freefall went over 150 km/hr and got over in no time as we swang from one end to another. The starting 3 seconds went swiftly as we reached the end of the fall and realized the swing. And then was the best part as we kept swinging from one end to another looking at the clouds and the clear blue sky. Some seconds of adventure surely takes your breath away. As we spoke to others, they gave the same expression.

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The half an hour uphill to the resort was so tiresome. It was totally worth the escapade. With that we were the swingers for the day, 22nd May 2014, wherein Prakriti, Arpit and me marked our adventure date. With some lunch and clicking session we were all set to get back.

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image-f67ad306c8458b4fb258c610019cd4f92ebbc4c809583caa0ab262945681c51b-VLooking forward for more awesomeness, more journeys. On the list stands Zip flying, Canyoning, Sky diving, Para-hawking, kayaking and off the list have been many from Paragliding, Parasailing, Flying fox, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Jet – Skiing, Rafting, River crossing, Mud –biking.

P.S:: If you are thinking twice about going for the excitement, do not. It will end before you know it, you just got to feel like a bird and fly.

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