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Zip Line (Adevnture on the Rope)

Upload By: Kabir Ansari on June 11, 2023
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Overview: Zip Line

A zip line is made up of a pulley appended to a stainless-steel cable extended between fixed points of different elevations. Also known as ‘zip wire’, ‘flying fox’ and ‘Tyrolean Crossing’, it allows a person, fastened to the moving pulley, to ‘zip’ from the top to the bottom of a cable, propelled by gravity. For gravity alone to propel the user, the zip line must be inclined to a certain degree.

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Besides their obvious functional value, zip lines have become a popular outdoors activity, located in adventure camps and resorts. In a professionally run recreational set-up, the user is attached to the cable by a harness, which is attached to a trolley. These zip lines are located in deserts, forests, and over rivers and canyons.

The ‘flying fox’ is a collective name for zip-line equipment in Australia and New Zealand, but instead of a steel cable, the zip line here consists of a rope.

Zip Line, Adventure Tour Activity on the Rope

The height of cables varies from 30ft (9m) to as high as 200ft (61m), and can cover distances of over 1500ft (457m). The average speed on a zip line is around 50 km/h and 60 km/h. The world’s longest zip line (1.8km, 1.1mi, from one end to the other), in Nepal, is also the tallest (with a vertical drop of 2000ft, 610m) – and has a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) to boot!

As a recreational activity, zip lines are popular in the Americas, specifically in the rainforests of Nicaragua and Costa Rica. After the launch of the first ‘canopy tour’ in Costa Rica in the mid-1990s, the activity has grown in popularity across the world – it’s perfect for those seeking a dose or three of adrenaline rush.

Zip Line History:

From early times, zip lines have been used as a means of transportation – of people and goods – especially in remote, mountainous areas, or across rivers, ravines and rainforests. In such places, like China and the Central American rainforests, zip lines were (and still are) the only way to travel from one place to another. In the Australian outback, zip lines were used to transport supplies between settlements.

Zip Line, Adventure Tour Activity on the Rope

Those climbing mountains also used cables to move between steep points (it is from mountaineering that the term ‘Tyrolean Crossing’ comes from; Tyrol is a state in Austria) – as did wildlife biologists, who wanted to explore and study jungles from a higher perspective (through being perched above the canopy).

In his story, ‘The Invisible Man’ (1897), the science-fiction writer H.G. Wells makes mention of something resembling a zip line (though here it was called an ‘inclined strong’) – the protagonist moves from place to place on a cable, without having to set foot on the ground.

Zip Line In India:

The story of zip line in India is barely a decade old, but there has been an increase in the number of adventurous folk willing to ‘fly’ through the air. There are a handful of operators offering this thrilling pursuit in India, of which ‘Flying Fox’ is the most reliable. Zip lines are located mainly in the north of the country – in Rajasthan, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh.

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Know more about popular locations for Zip Line Destinations in India.

Best season for Zip Line in India:

Save the monsoon months, zip lining is possible throughout the year. The winter months are best for experiencing the unique thrill of this adventure activity.

Zip Line, Adventure Tour Activity on the Rope

Zip Line Sites in India:

    There are a couple of sites in Rajasthan:
  • Neemrana,Jodhpur - Rajasthan
  • Bhopal -Madhya Pradesh
  • Ropar - Punjab
  • Rishikesh, Mussoorie - Uttrakhand
  • Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala - Himachal Pradesh

Zip Line, Adventure Tour Activity on the Rope


Zip line is a fun and safe adventure activity, but do check that the operator is well trained in terms of experience, safety and maintenance.

Zip Line, Adventure Tour Activity on the Rope

Medical concerns:

Anyone above the age of 10, weighing under 115kg (18 stone), and between 4’7” (1.4m) can travel along a zip line – all one has to be is of reasonable fitness and health (a daredevil attitude will come in handy!). Pregnant women, however, are advised against zip lines. And if you have a fear of heights, it’s best that you stay on the ground!

Zip Line, Adventure Tour Activity on the Rope


Helmet, harness, leather gloves (so that the user can bring himself/herself to a halt)

Zip Line, Adventure Tour Activity on the Rope

Ecological Concerns:

Zip lines do little (if any) damage to the environment. They are of a simple design and have been used for many centuries as a means of getting from A to B. But as with all outdoor activities, remember the golden rule: Respect your environment. And strictly no littering!

Zip Line, Adventure Tour Activity on the Rope

What's to Carry when you go for Zip Line?

Must carry extra cloths and also carry medicine for general purpose
Must Carry some cash because there are limited network and Banking Facility around your location
Carry some food items
Carry some warm cloths
Not to travel alone

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Ideal Conditions for Zip Line

 As long as the rain’s not too heavy, or the breeze too strong, zip line is a safe enough activity to be undertaken in good conditions. But it must never be attempted when there’s lightning around.

What Should Wear

 Shoes with closed toes,trainers or boots, Long pants or shorts, A T-Shirt or regular shirt.

Activity's Location

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FAQs about
Zip Line

What is zipline?

A zip line tour is a unique and exhilarating aerial journey between hill forts and ridge tops, during which you fly down a series of ultra-strong cables or zip lines, attached by a harness and pulley. Our trained instructors accompany you at every stage to ensure your safety and to entertain you with their knowledge of local history, culture and ecology.

Who can do zipline?

All participants must be reasonably fit and healthy, measuring a minimum of 1.4 meters (4 feet 7 inches) tall, and must weigh less than 115kg (18 stones).

Is it scary?

Yes & no... If you find bungee jumping or lion taming run of the mill, zip lining will probably not provide your adrenaline fix. If it's your first adventure experience however, you're likely to feel a little nervous

What kind of equipment do I need for zip-lining?

You need a harness, a helmet, gloves, and knee and arm protectors. The cable you will use will vary in length, but typically it will be between 400 and 1000 feet long.

What shall I wear?

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