Zip Lining Accident in Udaipur – Are we Really Equipped for Adventurous Sports?

Udaipur – the City of Lakes has lately earned a well-deserved fame in the minds of tourists all around the country. The scenic beauty and the appreciable hospitality has never failed to enthrall not just the locals who experience something new in the city very frequently but the people from other parts of the country too.

One thing which has grown at a fast pace amongst the citizens is adventure sports. With time, people are getting more interested to try their hands on adventurous activities in Udaipur some of which are kayaking, tree walk, zip line, camping, etc.

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On 3rd August 2018, the ‘Valley of flowers’ was inaugurated at Chirwa Ghat near Udaipur. Apart from the stunning ecosystem that one can witness around the place, some other activities were incorporated into the valley too, one of which was zip lining.

The news of Zip lining spread like a wildfire in the city. The reason was it being something new and unique to the people of Udaipur. Seeing the city grow with such a rapid speed is really appreciable. But the question is are we equipped sufficiently to carry on such adventurous sports?

Recently an incident took place which raises the similar bunch of questions in the minds of all the Udaipurites. Carelessness of operating official at the zip lining site resulted in the crash of two individuals’ midair. The incident took place on the weekend when one of the persons namely Bahadur was about to finish his zip line but due to the reverse movement of wind, he stopped midway. Meanwhile, the careless officials released one more rider, Rajesh, who had his 4-year-old daughter tied to him.

In a panic, both of them turned their back towards each other (so that there would be no injury to the little girl) and the impact was so immense that one of them turned upside down and he had to hold the rope with his hand which caused severe cuts on his hands.

Such incidents don’t just jolt us but it should mortify the authorities too. Later it came into account that there were no trained officials present at the site and the lives of people were being risked like anything. Growth and development are good enough but the question is ‘Is this growth sustainable?’

It is important that the authority take all the safety measures while carrying out such activities. Because at the end of the day, it is the matter of people’s life.


Now You Can Zip-line in Udaipur @Rs200!

Udaipur has so much to give to its visitors and residents!!! On 3rd August 2018, Home Minister Kataria inaugurated the “Valley of Flowers” at Chirwa, in Udaipur. 80 hectares of the Ghat section is now covered with different flowering plants sanctioned by the Ministry of Forest and Environment under the CAMPA Yojana. For all those who love that adrenaline rush can enjoy the newly constructed Zip-line in the same area.

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It is quite evident that Udaipur has seen a lot of development in tourism in the recent times and ziplining is one of them. After the formation of the four-lane and Chirwa tunnel on the Udaipur-Nathdwara highway, the route of the Chirwa ‘Ghata’ was less traveled.  The route once gave the best view of the dense thicket spreading from Amberi to Chirwa. The locals, as well as tourists, were deprived of this beautiful view of the forest post construction of the tunnel.

This valley has been developed by the forest department in the form of a flowering valley, which has been the entrance of Udaipur for years. Here, you can watch birds and animals in their natural habitats from the respective viewing points, which are created with flowering plants on either side of the serpentine road.

The Home Minister has reportedly spoken about making the place a center of interest for activities like Horse Safari, study centers, floriculture and conservation of various species. Carving figures on rocks will also be seen.  Nature trails, cycling rides, cafeteria, nature view points at the four places, Interpretation Center will also be deployed.

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Also, apparently there will be golf carts in the area too for sightseeing until then visitors will have to walk and enjoy the beauteous nature.

Entry fee for adults will be available at 30 rupees for adults, Rs 10 for students, 100 rupees for foreign nationals, Rs. 50 for video capturing, Video camera will be charged at Rs. 100, Hill cycle 50 rupees per hour and Zip line will be charged at Rs. 200.


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