The Madhya Pradesh tourism department recently announced a skydiving facility in Bhopal and Ujjain. “To experience the thrill of flying like birds in the sky, the golden opportunity of skydiving will now be available at Bhopal and Ujjain,” said Sheo Shekhar Shukla, principal secretary, Tourism and Culture, and Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board MD.
Those visiting Madhya Pradesh will soon be able to enjoy skydiving. In a first, the Madhya Pradesh tourism department has decided to introduce a skydiving facility in collaboration with private partners. This is done in a bid to promote tourism and adventure. The same was informed of by a senior official in the know-how.
Referring to this, Sheo Shekhar Shukla, Principal Secretary, Tourism and Culture, and MP Tourism Board MD said that to experience the thrill of flying like birds in the sky, the golden opportunity of sky diving will now be available at Bhopal and Ujjain.
He further added that they will be organizing a sky diving camp on March 1 and 2 in Bhopal whereas from March 3 to 6, it will be held in Ujjain in collaboration with Pioneer Flying Academy, Aligarh, for the first time in the state.
As per the reports, the camps will be set up near the Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal and the airstrip in Ujjain, from where interested tourists will get the opportunity to dive from a height of 10000 ft.
Shukla added that to date, adventure lovers had to go outside the country to experience skydiving. While in India, this facility is available only at Narnaul in Haryana, the tourism board in Madhya Pradesh will now provide the facility of skydiving to tourists at low fees with the highest standards of safety measures, he added.
He also informed that the aircraft that will be used for skydiving is registered with the Directorate of Civil Aviation.
Additionally, he also announced that a skydiving camp will be organised in Bhopal on March 1 and 2, and in Ujjain from March 3-6 in collaboration with Pioneer Flying Academy, Aligarh. The camps will be held near the Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal and the airstrip in Ujjain wherein tourists and adventure seekers will be able to dive from a height of 10,000 feet.
Here are a few more states in India wherein you can participate in this adrenaline-pumping adventure sport:
Initiated by the Haryana Government, the Bacchod Airstrip in Narnaul is where you can experience both static line jumps and tandem jumps; the latter being the best option for a beginner skydiver wherein you will be securely harnessed with a tandem instructor. For static line jumps, the Pioneer Flying Academy, which is authorised by the Civil Aviation Department, will train the person for two days and conduct an exam before the person can experience the free fall.
Aamby Valley City, Maharashtra
Skydiving with trained American and European instructors is one of the best ways to witness the sprawling greenery of the Aamby Valley Estate in Maharashtra. After 45 minutes to an hour of instruction, you will be taken to a height of 10,000 ft in about 30-40 minutes for the dive. Here, you can choose from static line jumping, accelerated free fall and tandem jump, each of which come with certain set of requirements and training.
In Mysuru, there’s more than just the Mysuru Palace to witness. You can enjoy a bird’s eye view of this beautiful city while flying in the sky from 10,000ft above sea level. Here, you will undergo one to two days of training before taking the dive.