1995, that is the year when I got fascinated with Switzerland for the first time and it was a result of watching one of my most favourite hindi movie – DDLJ over and over again, a countless number of times. That is when I decided no matter what I got to visit this place once. Years passed by school, college, job and finally in year 2011 I planned my first Euro Trip to Switzerland. One of my very dearest friend(Nammi) proposed this idea of a all girls trip to Interlaken, and without any delay I promptly said yes to it.
Since I was already in the UK by then so applying for a visa was not much of a hassle. One afternoon I applied for Swiss visa through VFS, and I had the stamped passport back to me in 2 days. Yeyyy!!! I was going to Switzerland.
This was my first backpacking trip, cheap air tickets to Basel were booked, a hostel at the bottom of Alps was booked, we had some awesome days awaiting for us. Trip had some of my bucket list items in it, and I wanted to do couple of them including Bungee Jump, Canyoning, Hiking, Sky Diving etc.
Finally we arrived at Basel airport in the afternoon and took a train to Interlaken, our base for next 3 days.
As soon as we arrived at the hostel, we enquired about bungee jump and to our luck the only slot available was in next two hours as next 3 days were completely booked. So we had to book it now or leave it for next time. Decision taken- Lets Do it! As soon as I booked it, a thought came across my mind Will I be able to jump from 146mts just tied to a rope? What am I doing? Having a lot of thoughts, I got ready and left for the basecamp at Stockhorn.
I fell in love with Stockhorn, it was so beautiful, serene, pure. For a moment I forgot all about my jump and was mesmerized with the beauty around. It touched the heart..
Finally the moment came when Gondola arrived and took us to the height of 146mt for my first bungee jump. I was scared, my heart was pounding, I felt excited & nervous both at the same time. It was now my turn to jump, and the instructor said- we are going to count from 10-1, and on count of 1 you have to jump else we will push you. My reaction was NOOOOOOOO!!!!
At this moment, I was listening to the people counting. As soon as I heard ‘1’, world went numb and I just took my first bungee jump. Oh Gosh!! I was amazed at myself.
Truly one of the most exhilarating experience of my life, I felt liberated,I felt proud most importantly I was Happy, very Happy!!
Might do it again sometime in future, not sure yet when 🙂