Jodhpur, also famously known as the Blue city is a popular tourist attraction and must visit on a tour of Rajasthan for this formidable fortress that rests atop a hill watching over the entire city. The architectural beauty is the Mehrangarh Fort, built by Rao Jodha in the 14th century. The Mehrangarh Fort or ‘Citadel of the Sun’ is truly a magnificent structure which was built to protect the people of the kingdom.
Walking around the Fort, visiting its many rooms which have their own significance, being out in the courtyard and the rooftop and going back in time to imagine how the King would hold sessions and the canon on the rooftop, a reminder of the many wars fought; these are all experiences in itself but there is one another way to experience the majesty of the Fort and a that would be to Zip-line across it!
Zip-lining is a recreational activity which involves wearing a harness and gliding down a zip (or rope) secured at two ends. Flying fox organizes these zip tours at the Mehrangarh Fort and it is a safe, secure and super fun adventure activity. There are 6 zip lines in one session and one has to trek and climb up and down the rocks to get to the zips and glide across.
The last zip is the longest at almost 300m! It takes about 1.5 hrs for the complete tour so be prepared for it. Head to the Rao Jodha eco-park which is close to one of the exits of the Fort. The eco park is an interesting place for a quick stroll. The best time to zip-line would be in the morning when the sun has just risen and before sunset. Depending on your time of travel, it is best to avoid afternoons for adventure activity in Rajasthan.
Not only will you tire yourself faster, with the harsh sun in your eyes, you would also not be able to enjoy the stunning views around as per zip through. Make sure to book your spot in advance as the morning and evening slots fill up first and reach at least 30 mins before so you are in time for the short safety brief to get you prepped up for the tour.
Zip lining is possible all year round and as Rajasthan does not get much rainfall, they also have it running during the monsoon season but do check their website in advance. Also zip-lining is an activity for everyone, unless you have a fear of heights! Heavily pregnant women however should skip this one.
The cost varies during season and off-season. Off season for travel in India is from April to September. A regular tour costs INR 1850 and the sunset tour is about INR 2000 for adults. Children and students get a special discount.
The majesty of the Mehrangarh Fort deserves an entire day. Start off your day after a heavy breakfast and head to the Fort, you will need a minimum of 3 hrs to do justice to it. You can then chill at the rooftop restaurant for a late light lunch and then spend some time at the Rao Jodha Eco Park before ending your day on a high!