Cliff Jumping- Now Why did I do That?

By Mridula Dwivedi October 11, 2012 16 Comments , , ,
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 thoughts on “Cliff Jumping- Now Why did I do That?”

  1. 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!!!!

  2. Anu you never know till the opportunity comes 😀

    Meena it was steep and I was a bit scared.

    Thank you Renuka.

    I agree with you Lady Fi.

    Sandra 😀

    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?

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

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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