Ground Report | News Desk
World’s highest bungee jumping site, at an altitude of about 10,500ft, will come up at steep but beautiful gorge near Marhi in Manali very soon.
This is part of the government’s effort to give its adventure activities superlative tags longest, tallest or are located at the highest altitude in the world in order to attract more tourists. Recently, a 350m-long sky-cycling track was opened at Gulaba, which is the highest such track of the world at an altitude of 9,300ft.
As the site for bungee jumping has been finalized, the work on the project will start very soon. Manali-based Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) will supervise the construction work.
The jumping platform will be 182m (596ft) high from the ground, which is highest in Asia. “No country in the world has bungee jumping site at this altitude. Four 32mm metal cables across the gorge and a motorized cage will take the jumper to the jumping site. The project is based on a latest technique that only New Zealand and the USA use it till now,”
This will be the first and the only bungee jumping site of Himachal and the second one in North India.
Meanwhile, the forest department of Himachal, which is setting up adventure sports facilities at Gulaba and Marhi areas below Rohtang pass, said they will be inaugurated soon. Apart from sky-cycling track, a 570m zip-lining is also being developed at Gulaba.