We tell a gentleman friend that we’re exploring flying in a fighter jet, and he refuses to rise to the bait, assuming that we’re talking in metaphors again, referring perhaps to getting high on speed - which we do not condone – or launching into a full throated rendition of Chantal Kreviazuk’s pretty cover– which we recommend highly.
But this time, dear skeptical gentleman friend, we are being literal.
Waiting in the Wings
Kunal Goyal is founder of Thrillsextreme, a brand new adventure travel company that offers services ranging from relatively prosaic (ride in an ATV) to completely out there (fly in a spaceship). Based out of Gurgaon, Delhi, Thrillsextreme operates from all over the world, zeroing in on places that allow clients to indulge in mind-bendingly cool activities.
We’re particularly enchanted with the prospect of riding in a fighter jet, picturing being strapped in, upside down in the sky, leaving a trail of white clouds in our wake, walking off the tarmac with a helmet cradled in the crook of our arm. Thrillextreme can organise these rides in nine different countries across Europe as well as in the US (there are no owners of private fighter jets in India), so be sure to check with them before planning your summer break.
If you’re afraid of heights, you can also hitch a ride on a nuclear submarine; and land lubbers, you might want to ride on a tank. For those of you that have an extra $1,00,000, you could even score a seat on a space craft, with costs including stay on a luxury resort in the Carribean, three days of training, a one hour stint in space and a chance to display your customized space suit in your living room once you’re back on Earth.
Thrillextreme also offers more common trips to a Himalayan village with a chance to eat with the villagers and weave a basket, or rent a private jet for a party.
Thrill of the Chaste
A former corporate suit, Kunal has indulged in pretty much every adventure on his list and is off to the States this summer to ride his very first fighter jet. When he’s back, there’s talk of drag racing a Lamborgini in Delhi without killing anyone. Want to join in?
Getting there: Visit www.thrillsextreme.in or call +91-9873000615, Rs 1.5 lakh for a ride in a fighter jet.
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