As the summers begin to settle in the northern parts of India, now is a good time to take a holiday and explore the country’s beautiful valleys and cities. Although adventure places in India are in bulk and are all viable choices, the aerial view of clouds and the sunset, which is only possible with cable cars, is unrivalled. If you enjoy a little adventure while travelling, gondolas are the best way to experience the magnificence of a hill station in the first-class style.
Getting on a ropeway is the best way to get a bird’s eye view of an area. The sensation of zipping from one point to another while holding your breath is unrivalled by any other means of transportation. Aerial tramways bring a new dimension to your vacation, in addition to breathtaking views and thrilling journeys.
Gondola rides in India are very popular. Read here to know the five best places and exciting gondola rides in India.
Skyview by Empyrean, Jammu & Kashmir
Skyview by Empyrean is situated in Patnitop at a small hilltop town in the Udhampur district of Jammu. Set atop a charming plateau in the Shivalik belt, it rests at an altitude of 2,024 metres above sea level. A spot where scintillating experiences rendezvous the wonders of nature. With snow-capped mountain peaks, lush meadows, gushing streams of river Chenab, and an amazing variety of flora and fauna are a few among many reasons that travellers across the globe find solace here.
With the blend of adventure and hospitality, the place has emerged as the new identity of Jammu. It offers world-class tourism at the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas. Spread over 21 acres of green meadows stretching from Sanget valley to Patnitop, you can experience the best of sights, serenity, and excitement. This place is an ideal destination for your holiday as it offers a blend of both indoor as well as outdoor adventure.
The major attraction of this location is that the place has the highest ropeway in India in terms of ground clearance. The magnificent gondola ride spanning 2.8km takes you over a beautiful scenery of terraced valleys and pine forests. It has one of the longest zig-zag ziplines in Asia. Besides the magic carpet, tube sledge, and hiking trails. For food lovers, the scenic destination offers several culinary delights in its restaurants and cafes.
The nearest airport is in Jammu. The distance to Skyview – 95 kilometres is covered in approximately two hours, passing through the four-lane highway and several small tunnels. In the train, the nearest station is Udhampur, and from there the cabs are available in bulk and the distance is covered in approximately 1 hour. Being a popular tourist destination, Patnitop has a good network of buses connecting it with important places like Delhi, Chandigarh and other places.
Auli Cable Car, Uttarakhand
The 4 km Auli cable car runs from Joshimath to Auli in Uttarakhand, and the view it offers is too good to be true. This ride is also the best way to see the Himalayas up-close and personal, particularly the snow-capped mountains of Nanda Devi. The ride will be around 15 min, but steady and slow enough to allow you to put your camera into action and capture lovely pictures.
The lowest tower of the ropeway is at 1906m from MSL and the uppermost tower is at 3016 m. There are also chair-lift and ski-lift available and cost around Rs 400 for a round trip.
Solang Valley Manali
Solang Valley in Manali is a beautiful valley with breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and lush green meadows. Tourists can indulge in a wide variety of adventure activities here, such as skiing, snow-boarding, paragliding, hiking, camping, traversing, zorbing, mountain biking, quad riding, horse riding and many more.
The thrilling cable car ride to Mt. Phatru at an elevation of 3200 m is just a perfect addition to an already wonderful place.
Dhuandhaar, Madhya Pradesh
The ropeway, which stretches across the Dhuandhar Falls in Jabalpur, is the best way to get a panoramic view of the majestic waterfall. It is a 1140m long ropeway that provides a direct link between the main entry point and the picturesque waterfall popularly known as ‘Bandar Kodini’ in the middle of the river Narmada. The cost of the ride is Rs.55 per person.
Malampuzha Udan Khatola, Kerala
Malampuzha is a tourist spot in the Palakkad district of Kerala. Malampuzha, a little township on the foothills of the Western Ghats, is located 10 km from Palakkad town. Located in Malampuzha gardens, which is right next to the Malampuzha dam. It is accessible via the Karakkad road or the Malampuzha road. The nearest railway station is Kotekkad Railway (3 km).
With a movement length of 626 meters, the Rope Way Bridge associates the different sides of the recreation center. The ropeways fly over the nursery at a height of 60 ft. It offers the best panoramic view of the beautiful landscapes protected by the Mammoth Dam, unique by nature, extremely safe, and economical too, the twenty minutes sky-ride on Malampuzha ropeway provides an unforgettable experience.