“Mountain Dew cannot help you overcome your fear dude”! I thought, standing atop 20 feet cliff above water, while the river bed was 80 feet deep. Rahul, my team mate, who had already jumped in, screamed at me asking me to dive in. The thought of scaling a height of 100 feet, scared me to hell and I stood unmoved staring at others who took less than 5 seconds to jump into the clear green river of Rishikesh. I wasn’t there to promote Mountain Dew or Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. I was there on an adventure trip to Rishikesh with a group of 20. While river rafting was so much fun and thrilling, cliff jumping was equally scary.
|Ready for the punge|
|On the white sand|
I had visited Rishikesh N number of times with my family since childhood. However, this was the first daring adventure trip I opted for. Finally, my dream of white rafting materialized. I have never been scared of water despite not knowing how to swim. But trust me, when I boarded the raft wearing a helmet and safety jacket, I started feeling butterflies in my stomach. Our 20-something instructor Rana, made us learn the commands to follow while rafting. Coordination is the most important thing while rowing and one should not panic even if you fall off the raft or get caught in a rapid (That’s what the river currents are called). Wall, Double Trouble, Center Danger, Roller Coaster, Golf Course – These were the named rapids which we went through, in the 21 km stretch, with Roller Coaster& Golf Course being the most dangerous and highest rapids.
Rana asked us to jump in the water and I took less than a second to jump into ice cold water. Swimming with the current along the raft, made me feel out of the world. I was more than happy to enjoy the adventure.
My left thumb and shoulder are now in pain due to aggressive continuous rowing. I looked at my body bruises later at night during bonfire.
Skillful rafting however didn’t give me the courage for cliff jumping. I regret not overcoming that fear though being the only girl to volunteer at the 20 feet cliff. Darr k aagey jeet hai? Well I guess yes.