In life, each one of us at some point of time have taken this bold stride to take the leap of faith and dared to trust someone else with our life. I was fortunate to get the opportunity of a lifetime this time to literally experience this leap of faith in real while Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh. Even the thought of this experience gives a gush to my brain and shiver down my spine at the same time.
After a 35km drive along the banks of Ganga in Rishikesh and all bottled up excitement, we reached the assembling area where we were given a brief orientation, explaining what to expect, what to do and what not to do. A friend of ours chickened out looking at the video clipping of the bungee jump on the big screen. Every jumper is first weighed and his/her weight is written with a marker on the palm. Based on your weight, the cord is used for different categories of weight. We were made to sign the disclaimer form. That’s when we knew we were in serious troubleJ. I wanted to just quickly get done with it, so that the fear didn’t paralyze my brains and froze me to the ground.
We then walked to the jump site. As we were waiting for our turn, I was all fidgety. Chewed all my nails and mindlessly giggled to hide my nervousness. We could see the jumpers dive into the air one after the other. Jumpers’ screams echoing in the gorge. One of jumpers just went numb and couldn’t take the leap. Then, my name was called out. Walking the 50 feet odd suspension bridge was the longest walk ever. I could see the deep valley down on both sides as I reached the rickety where the whole action was on. They had some real pepped up music there. But I could still hear my heart pounding and resonating in that valley.
Ankles tightly, really tightly fastened. Harness on the chest all gripped well. Rich, the jump master (that’s how he is known) was instructing me. By then I was breathing all heavy. Thankfully, Rich was super cute and that kind of distracted me ;-). I was made to perch at the edge of the jumping platform with my feet half out. Rich asked me to look straight at the red flag which was posted far on the hill. I could almost feel the nothingness under my feet. My knees had started giving up. At that time, Rich whispered from behind, “Don’t let your brains work coz that aint going to help anymore. Just shut it.” I just took all that into me and just switched off my brains. THREE, TWO, ONE, BUNGEEEE…and I just took off. The minute I was off the platform, I was heading at supersonic speed to the ground. The wind was gushing on my face. And the first bounce and I thought my soul is out of my body. Kept screaming my lungs out as I kept bouncing and tossing in the air. As the energy was released off the cord, I was slowly oscillating in the air with the sky below my feet and the ground over my head. Suddenly everything had just calmed down as I was left suspended into nothingness. The most euphoric feeling which can only be experienced and no words can match to express the feeling. YES! I dived from 300 feet, that’s like from the 30th floor, the highest bungee jump of India.
For me, bungee jump was metaphorical to totally letting go off myself to the unknown, to the Divine, to the Space. And jumping off into the lush green ravine with the river flowing below makes it one of the most magical experiences of my life.