ACTIVITY

Zip-line / Flying Fox

A zip-line (also known as a zip line without a hyphen, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial ropeslide, death slide, flying fox, Tyrolean traverse, or canopy tour) consists of a pulley suspended on a cable, usually made of stainless steel, mounted on an incline. It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to travel from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable by holding on to, or attaching to, the freely moving pulley. Zip-lines come in many forms, most often used as a means of entertainment. They may be short and low, intended for child's play and found on some playgrounds. Longer and higher rides are often used as a means of accessing remote areas, such as a rainforest canopy. Zip line tours are becoming popular vacation activities, found at outdoor adventure camps in Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and few other places.

Flying Fox is kind of a variation of zip-line. The term "flying fox" is most commonly used in reference to a small-scale zip line typically used as an item of children's play equipment, except in Australia and New Zealand where it also refers to professional forms of zip-line equipment.
 
With the flying fox, the pulley(s), attached to the car, are fixed to the cable. The car itself can consist of anything from a simple hand grip, with the user hanging underneath, to a bucket for transporting small items, to a quite elaborate construction, perhaps including a seat or a safety strap. Children's versions are usually not set up with a steep incline, so the speeds are kept relatively low, negating the need for a means of stopping.

To be propelled by gravity, the cable needs to be on a fairly steep slope. Even then the car will generally not travel completely to the end (although this will depend on theload), and some means of safely stopping the car at the bottom end is sometimes needed. It can be returned by several means, either by simply pushing the car back to the top of the hill on foot (as is common in children's play equipment as they do not hang far from the ground) or a line leading from the car to the uphill end.

The flying fox is usually made with rope instead of steel cable to make it easier and cheaper to install, uninstall and transport. Like Bungee, this also makes you fly like a bird. When you are flying like a bird, you do not remember anything even you forget your name. It cleans your mind. You lose everything inside your mind for that duration. We all have our own worries in life but during those few minutes all we did is SCREAMING.
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It actually clears your mind totally.

The thing is India has too many mountains and cliffs so you have ample opportunity to go for this. However; the sport is yet to be practiced widely and hence you may not get many organizers or sites for this. But the potential sites arenumerous and hence the potential of this sport in India is huge.

As you know there is no shortage of potential zip line sites in India as we have too many cliffs and forts to practice it. But the sport is relatively new in India and hence there are only few organizers who will help you with your expeditions. SO be ready to enjoy breath-taking views as you fly down a series of ultra-strong steel zip lines, securely attached by a harness and pulley, propelled simply by gravity. Trained instructors usually accompany you to ensure your safety.

For the most exhaustive list kindly refer to our mix-n-match of states and activities. You will not get this list anywhere else.


1. Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort , located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. A winding road leads to and from the city below. The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. Few organizers conduct flying fox expeditions here.
2. Neemrana: Flying Fox Neemrana is an Indian zipwire, dubbed India's first Zip Tour. The Zip Tour is located at Neemrana Fort Palace, in the village of Neemrana, India 122 km south-west of New Delhi. The Zip Tour is situated on an outcrop of the Aravali hill range. Flying Fox Neemrana was inaugurated on 18 January 2009 by Sri Banerjee, Secretary of Tourism, Government of India and Sir Richard Stagg KCMG, British High Commissioner to India.
3. Bhopal: At 520 metres long, Flying Fox Bhopal is the longest twin zip in Asia, and the first twin zipline course to be constructed in India. The twin zipline experience includes a personal equipment fitting at the Flying Fox office inside the Piknik complex at Kerwa, a short trek across the dam and up to the hilltop start point, a safety briefing for all participants by trained instructors, and a short practice zipline. Participants then race down the twin ziplines in pairs, starting from a 20 ft high hill-top look out platform, crossing the Kerwa Lake and finishing back at the Piknik Cafe.

Zorbing

Zorbing (globe-riding, sphereing, orbing) is the recreation or sport of rolling downhill inside an orb, generally made of transparent plastic. Zorbing is generally performed on a gentle slope, but can also be done on a level surface, permitting more rider control. In the absence of hills some operators have constructed inflatable, wooden or metal ramps. There are two types of orbs, harnessed and non-harnessed. Non-harness orbs carry up to three riders, while the harness orbs are constructed for one to two riders. Double-harness spheres have different slope requirements, and must only be operated in specific locations. The longer runs are approximately half a mile. The first zorbing site was established in Rotorua, New Zealand, by David and Andrew Akers.

The zorb is double-sectioned, with one ball inside the other with an air layer between. This acts as a shock absorber for the rider, damping bumps while traveling. Orbs are lightweight and made of flexible plastic, as opposed to the rigid plastic, for example, of a hamster ball. Many orbs have straps to hold the rider in place, while others leave the rider free to walk the orb around or be tossed about freely by the rolling motion. A typical orb is about 3 metres (10 ft) in diameter, with an inner orb size of about 2 metres (6 ft 7 in), leaving a 50–60 centimetre (20–24 in) air cushion around the riders. The plastic is approximately 0.8 millimetres (0.03 in) thick. The inner and outer orb are connected by numerous (often hundreds of) small nylon strings. Orbs have one or two tunnel-like entrances.

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Fact remains that India as a country is blessed with nature. Gods must be too kind to Indians that they are born in India. The country is too diverse in all ways be it weather wise, topography wise, culture wise or even language and food wise. There are actually too many slopes in India.

For the most exhaustive list kindly refer to our mix-n-match of states and activities. You will not get this list anywhere else.

Also zorbing as an activity is at a very nascent stage in India and there are only few places where you can experience zorbing like Lonavala, Solang Nalla, Shimla and few other places.

Zorbing isn't a dangerous sport, but you should prepare to be safe and comfortable in the outdoors. It is possible to get hurt if the terrain is not smooth. Vomiting and feeling nausea is very very common.

We advise you not be nervous. If you have any reservations or fear or doubts discuss it out with your friends and the instructors. Obviously it is a sport which gives you a chance to push your limits but you are the best judge of yourself. Do not just do it under peer pressure, do it just the way you feel the rush inside.