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About the activity: Enjoy a rendezvous with the thrill and charm of Rishikesh while in the Red Chilli Adventure camp.Join the revelry with enthralling activities like hiking, trekking and other fun-filled games.Spend 2 days and 1 night in a jungle camp and explore the pristine beauty of nature.Charge up your adrenaline while on adventure quest beside the gurgling rivers and dense forests.Enjoy all the beauties and shades of the nature in their full glories.
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About the activity: Experience India’s first fixed platform bungy jump destination at Mohan Chutti (52km), a pristine location tucked in the Shivaliks further ahead of Rishikesh. This day trip is bundled with a ride giving you a glimpse of the mountains, crisp air and virgin greenery.You can choose from a convenient time slot between 09:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 01:00 PM and 02:30 PM. and you can opt to travel to Mohan Chutti on an A/C luxury coach. Upon reaching, you’ll meet the instructor team, understand the gear, safety tips, jumping techniques, and sign up for a memorabilia kit (photographs, DVD, t
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About the activity: Join the fun and excitement of camping with Camp Hideaway in Rishikesh. Check in at 10 AM and check out at 11 AM.Enjoy camping in a jungle camp while being surrounded by the untouched nature.Explore the outdoors and get acquainted with the magical beauty of Uttarakhand.Camp beside the gurgling river, amidst dense forests and indulge in an array of exciting games and activities.Enjoy rafting under the guidance of expert rafters, sleep under the starlit sky and make your holiday wonderful.This is a 2 day 1 night tour.
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Rishikesh

Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family!  The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.

Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave

Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking 

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Lakshman Jhula

Rishikesh is not only about religious beliefs, ghats or temples; within this ancient city, you can also witness some of the architectural marvels and structures as well! One such structure, the Lakshman Jhula, which is also one of the not to be missed places to visit in Rishikesh, is a suspension bridge that connects Tehri and Pauri districts of Uttarakhand.

The existence of this bridge dates back to the age of Ramayana. According to the legends, Lakshman; brother of Lord Rama, crossed the holy Ganga River at this spot over a jute bridge. Centuries after this pious incident, a 284ft hanging bridge was built in the same spot by Rai Bahadur Surajmal Jhunjhunwala.

However, the bridge got washed away during the epidemic flood of 1924, and later, a pillar-less suspension bridge was erected at the same spot. The architecture brilliance of Lakshman Jhula and its proximity to several sacred places make it one of the most visited tourist places in Rishikesh.
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Swarga Ashram

Nestled amidst Lakshman Jhula and Rishikesh on the left bank of the Ganges and the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, the ambience that exists in Swarga Ashram is truly heavenly! While the picturesque surroundings of the ashram contributes much to its tranquil atmosphere, the devotion and spirituality that exists here makes it a paradise for those who seek mental peace and tranquillity!

The epicentre of yoga and meditation within the Garhwal gateway, it is among the most scenic and pleasant places to visit in Rishikesh. Established by Swami Atma Prakash, it can also be called as the home of the homeless, the abode of the needy and a place to relinquish the mind from all the miseries of the society. It offers living spaces to more than 100 people along with offering them free food and other kitchen facilities. A library in Swarga Ashram offers free education on religion and culture to the visitors.

It also has a hospital that offers free treatment to all the saints, pilgrims and others alike. You can reach this divine ashram either by a boat ride through the holy Ganges or by crossing the Ram Jhula. The ashram also has several shopping complexes that sells religious commodities, cultural books, ayurvedic shops, eateries and lot more.
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Nag Tibba Trek

Annoy Tibba is a trekkers delight. Despite the fact that it is a moderately obscure trail close Mussoorie it can without much of a stretch be viewed as one of the greatest weekend treks that you can do out of Delhi. For the individuals who need to stroll in the backwoods, ascend to 10,000 feet, see snow clad mountains and camp under starry night skies the Nag Tibba trek is simply great. It presents dazzling perspectives of Bandarpoonch top, the Gangotri gathering of tops, Kedarnath crest in the north, Doon valley and the snow tops of Chanabang.

Annoy Tibba is otherwise called Serpent's Peak. It is the most elevated top (9915 ft) in the Nagtibba scope of the Garhwal Himalayas and is said to be the dwelling place Nag Devta. The trek takes you through thick woods rich in greenery. The benefit of this trek is that you can achieve the base of the Nagtibba range by jeep. This makes it conceivable to do it over a weekend.

Highlights – Trekking, Camping, Hiking

Location - Uttrakhand        

Difficulty Level: Average

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Ram Jhula

Another architectural marvel in the yoga capital of India, Ram Jhula is an important landmark of the city and is also one of the sought after Rishikesh tourist places. Located only 3km from the heart of the city, this 450ft suspension bridge connects the banks of the Ganges with Shivananda and Swarga ashrams at both of its end.

Also known as the 'Shivananda Jhula', this magnificent bridge was built during the late 80s by the regional government; the contribution of Shivananda Ashram Divine Life Society is very significant in the construction of Ram Jhula. Like the Lakshman Jhula, it was also once a jute bridge and serves as an important name in the list of places to visit in Rishikesh.

While crossing the bridge, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Ganges and for the nature photographers, it serves as an ideal destination to click some amazing pictures!
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Triveni Ghat

Situated on the banks of the holy Ganges, Triveni Ghat is among the most magnetic places to visit in Rishikesh. The confluence point of three of the most sacred rivers in Hindu mythology: Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi, this ghat is considered as the most pious among all the other ghats within the vicinity.

According to the legends, the water of this ghat has the magical power of purifying one's heart and soul, and make it free from all the sins. Devotes from every corner of the country throngs Triveni Ghat and takes a dip with utmost devotion and faith. Come morning, you can witness them offering milk to the river, performing 'Surya Namaskar' and feeding the fishes around the ghat. By evening, this auspicious ghat turns into a riot of colours as it is time of the 'Maha Aarti' or the aarti to Mother Ganga.

Priest and the devotees perform several rituals during this sacred event, and offers lamps clad with flowers and incense stick to the Goddess as mark of their gratitude and devotion. The melodious hymns of the temple bells and the shanks can be heard everywhere, and the entire vicinity turns into a plethora of colour during this time. The peace and devotion that exists during the aarti makes Triveni Ghar one of the must visit Rishikesh tourist places.
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Neer Gaddu Waterfall

Situated around 6km from Tapovan, Neer Gaddu Waterfall in Rishikesh is a true delight for the visitors! Shallow pool, cascading waters and the bountiful beauty around the waterfall makes it one of the picturesque places that cannot be missed at any cost. Located within 5km from Lakshman Jhula, this gorgeous cascade can be easily reached from Rishikesh Market and the climb to it is also very easy; only 2km uphill walk and you can have a tryst with its immaculate beauty and charm!

Hidden away from most of the crowd, the cascade offers an extremely salubrious and calm ambience around. For the peace and tranquillity seekers, it proves to be an ideal destination. The nature lovers can also spend some of the most wonderful times while adoring and embracing its gorgeousness. For those, who like to capture every moment with their lenses, Neer Gaddu Waterfall proves to be a heaven and offers ample of opportunities to click a masterpiece!
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Tera Manzil Temple

On your visit to Tera Manzil Temple, visit each of its thirteen floors and witness the devotion that engulfs the entire place! Unlike other Rishikesh temples that are dedicated to a single deity, this temple has multiple deities and offers you an amazing opportunity to worship all of them at the same time.

Symmetric architecture, pleasant location and the sanctity that fills in the ambience makes it one of the pious temples in the entire vicinity. Also known as the Trayambakeshwar or Trimbakeshwar Temple, one can enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings from the temple top. A short walk from other landmarks of the city like Lakshman Jhula will get you to this devout temple in Rishikesh.

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Rishikesh

  • What is the best time to visit Rishikesh?

    Popularly known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’ and the ‘Yoga capital of the world’, this city in the northern state of Uttrakhand, lies on the foothills of Himalayas besides Ganges River.

     

    Since May June here is quite hot, late September to mid-November and March to early May is the best time to visit.

  • Where is Rishikesh? How can I reach Rishikesh from Delhi? What is the distance?

    Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the northern state of Uttrakhand. It is 242 km from Delhi via NH 334. It is 25 km north of Haridwar and 43 km southeast of the state capital Dehradun. You can reach Rishikesh by air, train or bus.

     

    • Air: Jolly Grant is the nearest airport to Rishikesh, approximately 15 km away. Multiple direct flights are available from Delhi, making it affordable and faster to fly to the area.
    • Train: From Delhi it is an 8-10 hour journey to Haridwar and then continue on by bus/taxi for about 45 min. A quiet route connects Rishikesh to Haridwar and there are just three slow trains daily, therefore making it a little difficult.
    • Road: From Delhi, it is a 6-7 hour journey and the city is about 230 km away. It is well connected by buses or you can even choose to drive down.

  • What all things I must carry while visiting Rishikesh?

    • Men must carry swimming trunks, while women need not because they can bathe in full clothes in the Ganga River
    • For both extremes of temperature here, you must carry a down jacket, warm pullover, warm pants, light loose cotton pants, warm windproof jackets, cotton full sleeve Tees, thermals, light tennis shoes or light rubber sandals.
    • Don’t forget to carry a cap, towel and a washing kit.
    • Tevas, chacos, old sneakers or water shoes for river rafting
    • Proper shoes or hiking boots
    • Sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses(optional)
    • Reusable shopping bags (it’s a no “plastic bag town”)
    • Water proof camera
    • Flash light with extra batteries
    • Personal first aid kit
    • Insect repellant

  • What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Rishikesh to do various activities?

    Depends on what activities you want to pursue. This charming city on the foothills of Himalayas, offer adventure lovers a plethora of exciting activities amidst the tranquility and gushing sound of crystal clear waters.

     

    A week would be enough if you want to try most of the adventures activities in Rishikesh like river rafting, cliff jumping, rappelling, kayaking, bungee jumping etc and you’re not hard pressed for time.

     

    However, if you’re in a hurry, one day is enough to touch the most important sites.  I’d suggest you should enjoy your stay here for 2-3 days, visiting various temples and ashrams, in this revered religious destination.

  • What places should I visit in Rishikesh?

    From adventure activities to temple pilgrimages and a quiet life for travellers, there are many tourists attractions in Rishikesh that will excite you.

    • TriveniGhat for Ganga Aarti
    • ParmatNiketan Temple
    • LakshmanJhula
    • Ram Jhula
    • NeelkanthMahadev
    • Kunjapuri Devi Temple
    • The Beatles Ashram
    • NeerGarh Waterfalls
    • Jumpin Heights
    • GeetaBhawan
    • Byasi
    • Kaudiyala
    • Bharat mandir
    • Rishi Kund
    • Terahmanzil temple
    • Vashishtha cave
    • Shivananda ashram
    • Nirmal ashram

  • What different activities can be done in Rishikesh?

    • River Rafting
    • Bungee Jumping
    • Luxury Camping
    • Camping
    • Flying Fox
    • Air Safari
    • Giant Swing
    • Body Surfing
    • Rock Climbing
    • Kayaking
    • Rappelling
    • Mountain biking
    • Yoga
    • Beach volleyball

  • Can we river raft in Rishikesh? Where can we do it?

    Yes, you can do river rafting in Rishikesh. Over here, it’s a fantastic opportunity to raft down river Ganga. Experiencing distinctive thrill, savoring the gentle touch of shining blue water, enjoying the freshness of the surrounding woods while moving across the unstable rapids, gives you your dose of adrenaline and an experience to cherish forever.

     

    It can be done at Camp River Zone, Rishikesh River Rafting Tours, Hill Wars Adventure, Outbound Adventure etc. Famous rafting sites are from Kaudiyala, Marine drive, Brahmpuri and Shivpurito Rishikesh.

  • How much will river rafting in Rishikesh cost?

    750/- per person for 24 kms and 1850/- per person for 36 kilometers which includes cliff jumping and body surfing.  Rates may vary w.r.t. the organization you’ve contacted.

  • Is it safe to do River rafting in Rishikesh? How many people are there on the raft?

    90% of the times, yes! The remaining 10% is highly unpredictable and beyond human control or predictions.

     

    A normal raft can easily handle up to 6-8 people. However, it totally depends on the size of the raft and the route you to choose.

  • Are there any camping opportunities in Rishikesh?

    Yes, there are plenty. Since camping brings you an opportunity of staying amidst the emerald beauty and tranquility of nature, you should definitely try it.

     

    Places like Shivpuri, Brahmpuri, Marine Drive and Kaudiyala offer the most wonderful camping sites in Rishikesh, where you may enjoy quality time with family and friends while enjoying the scenic beauty and reconnecting with nature.

  • Are there any river beach camp locations in Rishikesh?

    Yes, there are many. This tourist attraction has recently become very popular for beach camping at locations like: Marine Drive, Brahmpuri, Byasi, Shivpuri, Kaudiyala and Sinthali.

     

    These camps let you enjoy white water rafting, rock climbing, jungle walk, cliff hanging, mountain trekking etc.

  • What kind of tents will be provided to us?

    • Dome Tent
    • Quick Pitch Tent
    • Inflatable Tent.
    • Geodesic Tent.
    • Large Family Tent.

  • What kind of trekking options are there in Rishikesh? Which all treks are a must do?

    Camping Trek, Tea house trek are the common types of treks in Rishikesh.

    • Waterfall Trek
    • KedarNath Trek
    • Gaumukh Trek
    • Pindari Glacier
    • Kunjapuri Temple trekking
    • Sukanda Devi Trek
    • Kuari Pass trek
    • Valley of Flowers trek
    • Roopkund trek

  • Can we do Rappelling in Rishikesh? Where we can do it?

    Yes. Rishikesh isn’t just a holy town where pilgrims throng, but is renowned among adventure seekers.

     

    Rappelling is a very exciting and exotic adventure sport, in which you’ll be descending the terrain from a height. You’ll need a good instructor and best equipments for a safe, fun-filled experience.

     

    The best place for rappelling in Rishikesh would be the famous Shivalik Himalayas which have steep cliffs and a charming landscape.

  • Can we do Rock Climbing in Rishikesh? Is it safe? Do they train you before Rock Climbing session?

    Yes, the Himalayan town of Rishikesh is a preferred destination for rock climbing in India.  Yes, it’s safe as it's done in the supervision of technically qualified extreme adventure sports experts with a proper gear to ensure safety.

     

    Yes, before the take you out for rock climbing, a basic session is organized which helps you understand the basic techniques of this adventure sport. Rock climbing isn’t just about physical strength but it’s about controlling your mind. The basic training includes top roping, easy bouldering and lead climbing.

  • Where is Bungee Jumping done in Rishikesh? How much it will cost us?

    Jumping from a tall structure while being connected to a large elastic cord, is one of the most exciting adventure sport, Rishikesh is famous for. The thrill comes from free falling and the rebound.

     

    You can do Bungee jumping at Mohan Chatti near Rishikesh. It’s the highest fixed platform for Bungee Jumping. Jumping Heights Bungee Bridge is another famous spot.

     

    Normal Bungee Jumping costs around 3500 per person while the cost of combos like bungee with swing and bungee with flying fox ranges from 4500-6000.

  • Is Bungee Jumping advisable for the faint hearted?

    No, you’d do it at your own risk and it’s obviously not advisable. Further, you’re prohibited from jumping or flying if you have heart conditions, back or neck injury, recent fracture or dislocation, high BP, neurological disorders, epilepsy, osteoporosis etc. and any other relevant condition.

     

    Especially above the age of 40, you’re obliged to inform the crew and may be allowed to jump at their discretion.

  • What things need to kept in mind before doing a bungee jump?

    • Be Confident
    • Don’t Believe In the myths
    • Choose your surroundings with a picturesque environment
    • Wear Comfortable clothes

  • Can we do kayaking in Rishikesh?

    Yes, you can do kayaking. In fact kayaking in Rishikesh has achieved much admiration among adventure freaks from all over the globe. River Ganges tenders many superb rapids to commence on the kayaking expedition.

     

    So with the essential apparatus(life jacket, kayak boat, helmet and paddle) you can easily do it. Kayak School and Expeditions and Red Chilli Adventure etc. arrange kayaking experiences.

  • What all activities can be done by kids in Rishikesh?

    Children may do mountain biking, flying fox, bungee jumping, Giant Swing and River Rafting etc. It’s safe and is done under expert supervision.

  • Which are some nearby places to visit from Rishikesh?

    Haridwar, Kanatal, TehriGarhwal, Devprayag, Rajaji National Park, Dhanaulti, Chamba.

  • Is it safe to travel Rishikesh for solo female travelers?

    Yes, it’s really safe to travel solo. Lots of solo women travel here and there have hardly been any complains of eve-teasing etc.

  • Where can we see evening aarti in Rishikesh?

    ParmarthNiketan Ashram and TriveniGhat are famous for evening aarti.

  • Can we swim in Ganges?

    Yeah, you can swim if you want to just be careful because the flow of water is high. You’ve travelled closer to the origin of Ganga where water is extremely clear.

     

    Pollution in the mountains is far less than the city (almost negligible) so there are no reasons to avoid taking a dip in holy waters of Ganga that are believed to purge your soul.

  • Which are the famous yoga ashrams in Rishikesh?

    • ParmarthNiketan
    • Sivananda Ashram
    • Omkarananda Ganga Sadan
    • Shree Mahesh Heritage Meditation School
    • Yoga Niketan Ashram
    • Himalayan Yoga Ashram
    • SaadhnaMandir Ashram
    • Natur-O-ville Vedic Retreat
    • Anand Prakash yoga ashram
    • Phoolchatti

Traveller Tales From Rishikesh

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Ayush Nad

18 March 2017

Rishikesh was planned in January with a group of 7 in mind, but unfortunately, only 3 of us could make it. We were on the verge of canceling the trip, but Mrinal suggested otherwise and egged us on to make it happen, since he himself is a travel enthusiast and has explored Rishikesh. Thrillophilia was a blessing in disguise. Right from camping to river rafting, from transportation to food, everything was sorted for us by Mrinal and Nikhil, and they were always available round the clock for all our queries?.? Red Chillies Camp at Byasi is a magnificent nest between the hills, and is 30kms from the main town of Rishikesh. The tents are more habitable and comfortable than my room back home! Clean washrooms, home like food, and great company at the camp made it all the more memorable. Rishikesh is still not as commercial as other destinations like Goa, so the people take pride in their hospitality and the warmth is palpable. The highlights of our trip were the 35kms white water rafting(Red chillies is the best in Rishikesh) and Bungee Jumping at Jumpin Heights. Any adrenaline junkie will remember the gush of excitement during these experiences. Safety is their numero uno concern and even jumping into the Ganges feels safe with them around! All in all, Rishikesh is a crazy place to go with friends for an extended weekend, and the entire team at Thrillophilia makes it all the more hassle-free and rejuvenating! Next dream destination? Someplace where I can jump out of a plane 25000 feet above the ground and live to see another day! Let's see if you can make that happen in India, Thrillophilia!

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Gyan Kumar

02 April 2017

We planned a spontaneous adventure trip to Rishikesh in the month of march. It was a complete fun experience and very well organized.The camp is located 30 kms from Rishikesh, but it more then makes up when you reach the place. The riverside is cleaner and more pristine. Day 1: We reached camp at around 3 and we decided to go straight for the activities. We did kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling which was all handles very well by experiences instructors. Day 2: Rafting was an amazing experience. WE had a guide from chicago, I think her name was Aaron. She was very encouraging and fun to be with. She did a great job of safety and instructions throughout the 16 km course. Great experience overall. Highly recommended. P.S- Special callout to Mrinal from Thrillophilia. He did a great job in recommending this place to us and arranging everything at the last minute

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Prakhar Jindal

02 July 2017

It was just an amazing and trilling experience as the name thrillophilia.. Waoooo Wanna do it once again.. It was safe and crew was experienced Bungy jump from 83 mtrs. taked me to the next level... Free from world work to nature's kiss ????

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Anshuka Bhatia

11 January 2017

Hy this is Anshuka and this rating is for Thrillophilla. We had a great pleasure their at Hideaway Camp. The Place was seriously so beautiful and i visited their for the first in the month of December in cool weather. The services provided by all the staff was so good and well mannered but specially thanks to ''Mr. Abhishek'' who showed his efforts everywhere. The speciality in this place is on the first side it is so Peaceful and on the other side it is so adventurous too and last but not the least thanks to ''Mr. Deepak'' who made our trip so awesome and for the fresh tour and made our stay memorable.

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swaroopa ganta

16 December 2016

I'm giving this rating for Thrillophilia and for our tour operator Deepak. We had a very good experience, camping and the activities that they have planned and suggested. We have booked camp through Thrillophilia two weeks before our trip start date. Deepak is the contact person. Deepak and the staff are very understanding and generous and allowed us and made our stay more memorable. The food and stay are awesome, we had a lifetime experience. This is one of the best adventurous place to Visit in India and it made our stay more comfortable.

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Agasti Patel

15 December 2015

Amazing experience of falling down from the height of 83mt. I also got the video of my jump and certificate of dare to jump. Instructors are very professional and gave me tips on how to jump. Really love my rishikesh trip. It was full adventure from rafting to bunjee jumping and camping.

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Malati Varman

03 December 2015

adventurous, thrilling, scary, amazing,,,,these are few names which i would like to give to this awesome bungee jumping. the guide explained us everything, from safety tips to the gear explanations. It was one amazing experience that i cannot forget....

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Bhavani Varman

28 December 2015

Jumping from 83 m height, OMG it was such an amazing experience. Must do when in Rishikesh and also do try giant swing it is also as thrilling as bunjee.

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Madhumita N

01 April 2016

Amazing experience! Really professional and experienced team. I could trust them with my life! :-)

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