Cliff Jumping- Now Why did I do That?

by Mridula on October 11, 2012

in Photography,Uttarakhand

Cliff Jumping near Devprayag, Uttarakhand

Cliff Jumping near Devprayag, Uttarakhand

When I showed this picture to a friend, he asked, “So did you go down screaming?” To my “no” he added, “I would, because what if that was the last thing I did in life!” I had no such thoughts when I took off that ledge. But the question remains, why did I do it? I obviously have no clear answers. By my day job I am an Associate Professor and people usually do not associate their teachers with adventure travel.

I have to admit I do not go out seeking adventures, they just find me! I was originally not scheduled to go on this trip but at the last moment I had to replace someone! I am not complaining though. It was a rafting trip to Kaudiyala in Uttarakhand. On day one we did the gentle stretch between Devprayag and Kaudiyala. At mid point the organizers (Rimo Expeditions) asked if we would like to do cliff jumping and a lot of us were game.

I still remember very clearly how it felt standing there. In the picture it may not seem very steep but to me who was standing on the edge it looked very high! There were a few who actually walked back from the edge. So when I stood there the person in charge (the first person standing on the ledge towards the water) Gunpalji asked if I really wanted to do it? When I firmly said yes, he asked me to hold the straps of the life jacket or else my hands would hurt when I fell in the water. With a gentle nudge from him I was on my way! It was all over in a few seconds but for the deeply itched memories!

My colleague also asked, “why didn’t you turn back? My answer was, “because there were too many students!”

You see, this was a college trip and I was one of the members of the academic staff on this trip! Many thanks to one of my students who clicked this picture and shared it with me.

This post is part of Alive is Awesome Bathing Experience for Cinthol.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Chitra October 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Wow..kudos..shall I say clap…clap..:)


Mridula October 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

Thanks Chitra.


vinisha October 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Awesome experience it must have been


Mridula October 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

It was Vinisha it was!


Mridula October 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

Anu you never know till the opportunity comes :D

Meena it was steep and I was a bit scared.

Thank you Renuka.

I agree with you Lady Fi.

Sandra :D

Ajeeth I just had to try!

Niranjan then head to the Rishikesh rafting stretch!

Manish as I said to Anu you never know!

Debopam it indeed was an experience!

Aniruddha have you written about it somewhere?


Aniruddha October 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Nope…Its been long since I blogged about anything…I can start with this summer trip…
Thanks for the inspiration…


Aniruddha October 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm

I was in Rishikesh this summer and did it…It’s such a wonderful experience…


Debopam Banerjee October 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Must be a mind blowing experience!!!!


Manish Kumar October 11, 2012 at 10:12 pm

hmmm not tempting for me :) u r a braveheart


Niranjan October 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm

One hell of an experience. I would love to do that.


Ajeeth boaz October 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Wow, really brave …


Sandra Broom October 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Good for you. Students can’t have all the fun and besides, I bet every one of them enjoyed watching you take the plunge.


Lady Fi October 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Good for you – adventure keeps us young!


Renuka October 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm

AMAZING really amazing!!!


Meena Menon October 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

U r brave orr what!!!!! N no – don u even underrarte it by saying its not stepp.. I literally hv my heart in my mouth as i gawk at the pic!!!!


Anu October 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm

wow!! awesome indeed!!! this is one thing I would never, ever do, no matter what the temptation!


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