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Into the Wild

Two hours on the road from Pune to Lonavala lands us at Aamby Valley City. But more interestingly,it gets us to 19 degree North,a new adventure theme park.

Written by Anjali Jhangiani KP | Pune | Published: June 29, 2013 5:05:19 am

Two hours on the road from Pune to Lonavala lands us at Aamby Valley City. But more interestingly,it gets us to 19 degree North,a new adventure theme park. While we’re still trying to figure out what the latitudinal or longitudinal significance of the place is,we stumble upon Bungee ejection.

The set-up looks fairly simple,with a stage and two poles stretching out on both sides. Step onto the “stage” and the perspective is thrown topsy-turvy. A harness is fastened around the waist and then you are lifted up in the air,while still being held to the ground by a rope attached to the stage. In a snap,the rope holding you to the stage is released and you are flung into the air like a stone flying out of a sling. Then you bob a little mid-air before being slowly lowered down again. For those who like split seconds of adrenaline rush and then some minutes of disorientation,this section is tailor-made.

Though no other attraction compares to the thrill of this ejector,the gravity-defying Zipline is a close second. Secured by belts,as we are pushed off from one cliff to slide over a green lake and trees to a lower point on a hill on the other end,a strong sense of deja vu comes over. It takes us a few moments to remember that the experience is straight out of the Harry Porter films when the wizards play quidditch.

Next to catch our attention in the array of adventure activities is the Paintball arena,which is divided into two camps — red and blue. The participants are divided into equal-sized teams and made to wear camouflage suits with safety gear,before being armed with guns loaded with 50 paint balls. The rules are basic: whoever gets the flag to their base wins,no violence or hitting with vengeance,and always keep a distance of 10 metres before shooting anyone.

As easy as it sounds,the game is no child’s play. If you are hit by the ball on any part the body not covered by a protective padding,you are sure to get bruised.

The 420-acres site also includes a Jungle Safari that is hard to miss. The name is deceitful,as there are no animals to spot,but there is enough thrill along the way. Taking four people at a time in an open jeep,the driver sets off on a rocky road,splashing through puddles and stopping at beautiful streams and berry trees along the way.

Stopping in the middle of a stream,we are allowed a couple of minutes to laze around. Shoes quickly come off as we step into the cool and clear water. The flowing water relieves all the urban stress and when we step out,we revel in the added realisation that we have enjoyed a natural pedicure too.

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