After much hype and enthusiasm, the highly awaited Bungee jumping sport was finally inaurgauted on the 27th of August. The adventure and enthusiast targeted sport was innurgauted alongside the upgraded Mayem lake.
The inaugural function was graced with the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Dr. Pramod Sawant. Other dignitaries present included the Hon’ble Tourism Minister, Mr. Manohar Ajgaonkar, Chairman of GTDC, Mr. Dayanand Sopte, MLA, Mayem Constituency, Mr. Pravin Zantye, Secretary Tourism, Mr. J. Ashok Kumar, Director of Tourism, Mr. Sanjiv Gadkar and other officials from Dept of Tourism & GTDC.
Also present were ZP member, Mayem, Mr. Shankar Chodankar, Sarpanch, Mayem Village Panchayat, Mrs. Kunda Mandrekar and other members of the Village Panchayat, Mayem. On the occasion of the launch, Ex-Capt. Rahul Nigam, Director and founder of Jumpin Heights said that “A little hand holding by an organisation like GTDC goes a long way in setting up such projects and facilitates ease of doing business.”
Situated in North Goa and at a 45 minute drive from the popular Baga beach in North Goa, the bungee jumping platform stands tall over the gorgeous Mayem Lake which also is another hot destination among tourist and locals.
To enjoy the ultimate experience, bungee jumping requires the enthusiast to jump from a height with rubber chords tied to the ankles and a swinging like pendulum mid air. One can literally hear their own solitude as the wind gushes past with each rebound. To keep a check on safety, there are several harnesses and checks in place to ensure an absolutely safe experience.
Originally designed and owned by ex- army officer, Capt Rahul Nigam, the thrilling adventure sport was introduced for the first time in India at Rishikesh in 2010. Over the course of time, jumping heights has conducted over 80,000 jumps and adheres to Australia and New Zealand safety standards.
The service provider has conducted required feasibility study and other mandatory pre-requisites for starting up of the bungee jumping activity at Mayem. This new adventure tourism initiative comes with no cost or investment for Goa Tourism Development Corporation. The GTDC however is assisting the service provider in obtaining required permissions and will be undertaking promotional activities for bungee Jumping which is being launched for the first time in Goa.
According to a survey in 2019, by Ministry of Tourism, they have been acknowledged as having played a key role in making Rishikesh the Adventure Capital of India. It will be interesting to see then, what magic Jumpin Heights now brings to Goa.