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A new high

How about an action packed holiday this summer? If you are ready make the plunge then how about going skydiving? Frightening it may sound, but diving into the blue yonder from an aircraft can be a fun-packed experience. Before you exit the aircraft you are firmly strapped on to an experienced tandem instructor. Next you start freefalling, and way before you are ready to land, the tandem master opens a parachute under which you glide slowly back to earth and land gently. So if this summer you are geared up for a thrill filled vacation, think New Zealand, Spain, Malaysia or even picturesque Switzerland. In New Zealand you can go tandem skydiving from an altitude of 15,000ft in Queenstown and Rotorua. Alternatively, you might prefer Seville in Southern Spain where you can join the Skydive Spain courses. There’s also Interlaken in Switzerland, famed for its scenic views and lush landscapes amidst the spellbinding Alps. But if you are jittery about making the plunge why not try a safer option — the Skydiving Simulator in Genting. You can feel the thrill of jumping out of an airplane through the sky just like a skydiver.

New Zealand

Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown attracts a good number of adventure seeking tourists around the year. The town is known for its commerce-oriented tourism, specially adventure and ski tourism. Be it aero or water sports you can join or watch a variety of breath-taking activities here. While Rotorua on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua (in the North Island of New Zealand) is well-known for geothermal activity and has a number of geysers, bubbling mud pools, and warm geothermal pools. And nature in all its glory is visible around Rotorua — you can visit a trout sanctuary or a wildlife reserve. And for the ultimate adventure Rotorua’s award winning NZONE skydiving base (situated at the airport) is a must visit for a great skydiving experience.

Hot ticket!

Thomas Cook’s two-nights and three-days package for sky diving in Queenstown is valid from April 1 to September 30, 2008. Breakfast, accommodation and tandem skydiving from 9,000ft will cost Rs 16,772 per person, but if you are skydiving from 12,000ft and 15,000ft, the package (inclusive of accommodation) will cost you Rs 18,508 and Rs 22,003 respectively. Excludes airfare.


Genting is famous as a tourist destination with its casino and cable car. The hill station is barely an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. With numerous activities, sightseeing and museums Genting is a fun destination for children and adults. You can visit the Genting Highland Resort which has interesting theme parks, a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and also shopping malls. Another attraction is the world’s fastest cable car called Genting Skyway. But for a virtual skydiving experience, Genting Sky Venture at the Genting Theme Park is a state of the art skydiving wind tunnel that gives you a freefalling experience like a skydiver flying in winds up to 193km per hour.

Hot ticket!

Cox & Kings rates:Genting Sky venture ticket cost Rs 656 per adult and Rs 526 per child. Return airfare to Kuala Lumpur via Malaysia Airlines — ex Delhi will cost Rs 24,600 and a three night’s stay in a four-star hotels will cost about Rs 8,900 (inclusive of breakfast and airport transfers)


Apart from enjoying the Spanish lifestyle with its bullfights and café culture, you can take the plunge and be a part of the tandem skydiving packages aimed at people who want the thrill and excitement with the comfort of jumping with an experienced instructor. Situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. You’ll soak in heaps of history with monuments like city’s vast cathedral built between 1401 and 1519. A must visit for travellers, it is amongst the largest of all medieval and Gothic cathedrals. So apart from experiencing intensive skydiving, you can also walk down the cobbled roads of Seville and explore its historic monuments and architecture.

Hot ticket!

At Skydive Spain a tandem skydive costs Rs 14,921, while skydiving with a DVD and photo package will cost Rs 21, 420 per person. If you want a cheap accommodation that’s close to the skydiving centre, the Gadafi Hotel offers single person accommodation for Rs 1,591. For two people a room costs Rs 2,785 while accommodation for three people is available at Rs 3,979. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Skydive Spain


Interlaken in Switzerland is abuzz throughout the year with numerous outdoor activities including skydiving, canyoning, hiking and trekking and skiing. Also it is impossible to miss its scenic views and lush landscapes. One popular adventure sport is tandem skydiving from a helicopter. As you exit from the copter you’ll see snowy mountains, glaciers and blue lakes and also peaks like Mont Blanc in France and others like the Matterhorn, Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. From an altitude of 14,000 ft you can get a bird’s eye view of Germany, France, Italy and Austria. There are heaps of choices for hotel accommodation. If you want a hotel close to the airport the Metropole Hotel is 10 minutes drive. A single occupancy room will cost Rs 5,473 per day but on twin-sharing basis the room will cost Rs 7,970 per day.

Hot ticket!

A skydive over the Swiss Alps with 45 seconds of free fall guided by a professional skydive master plus two nights dormitory accommodation including breakfast will cost Rs 15,210 per person.

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