The Great Gig in the Sky @ Lonavala with Airport March 24, 2012

Jumpstart is super-excited to jumpstart their concept of mingling nature with music. This time we travel with Airport, which consists of Arijit Datta on vocals and guitar, Vinay Lobo on lead guitar, Amit Ahuja on bass, Zohran Miranda on rhythm guitar and Ashwin Andrews on drums. Formed in 2009, they make you want to stop and ride with their music as they fly you through a myriad of emotions. Airport’s songs are primarily in Hindi with the characteristic Arijit flavour of Urdu infusions. They touch you, uplift you, rock you, get you to tap your feet, make you smile and reflect about things that were or may be.

We have always worked at providing a wholesome experience in the outdoors while keeping the finer points of sustainability, conservation and responsible travelling in mind. We believe that music holds a great power of transcendence and when in the outdoors it can provide for a magical other-worldly experience. The Great Gig In The Sky is just that. It is an attempt at taking two of our most cherished experiences and combining them to provide a heady mixture of raw, unadulterated bliss.

The fifth gig is will take you atop a mountain to live in an ancient fort. Picture this – sitting on top of what was once a majestic fort which was the epitome of safety and prosperity to the many people living in it’s vicinity. A a fast fading purple sunset on the horizon, warm soup and snacks and Airport re-creating an ambiance of the energy that prevailed on the fort. Along with all this we will learn to pitch our own tents, build and man a fire through the night, learn basics of first aid and survival and experience the outdoors. We will be enjoying these activities on both days.

In short, the two days will provide camping on a fort, trekking, learn how to set up a camp in the outdoors and basic survival skills and above all Airport’s gig. What better way to spend a weekend!


Cost Rs.2600/-

Unfortunately, we are constrained for space, we will have to limit the number of attendees to 30. Please please confirm and book at your earliest as more than half of the seats have already been booked and paid for.

1. Travel from Mumbai to Lonavala and back would be by private bus.
2. The above costs also include Lunch, Tea and Dinner on day one, Breakfast and Lunch on day two.
3. No alcohol will be provided at any point.
4. Participants under the age of 18 years will be required to get written consent from their parents / guardians. (Consent form will be mailed on request)
5. Railways, Forts, Temples, Dargahs, Caves, Forests have rules and regulations in addition to the laws of the land. Familiarizing oneself with the same will safeguard the participant from committing any violations. In any case, Jumpstart and it’s representatives shall not bear any liability towards the actions of the individuals and thereby their consequences, whatsoever.


For the finer details, read on –

The Great Gig… is a one night, two day experience which involves an adventure activity and a gig. The location is a Cave near Pali. We will be traveling by a bus booked for us, which will begin from Sanjay Gandhi National Park Gate, Borivali East at 8:00 am and continue North-ward on the Western Express Highway.

The pick-up points will be –

08:00 – SGNP gate, Borivali
08:20 – Bisleri Factory, Andheri
08:30 – Vakola Signal, Santacruz
08:40 – Kalanagar Bus Stop, Bandra
08:55 – Sion Station
09:05 – Under Kurla Flyover, Kurla, Eastern Express Highway
09:15 – Ghatkopar – Mankhurd Junction
09:35 – Under Vashi Flyover, Vashi, Sion Panvel Highway
For pick-up points beyond this, please contact one of us and we can decide on the best suitable location.



24th March (Saturday) –

12:00 – Reach the foot of the fort for Lunch
14.30 – Get ready for the 45 minute hike, fill up water bottles and start the ascend.
16:00 – Reach the fort, time to settle down and start setting up camp.
18:30 – Airport begins performing. Opportunity to sing along and have a jam session
21:00 – Dinner

25th March (Sunday) –

08:00 – Breakfast
09:00 – Winding up the campsite
09:30 – Interactive session on First Aid and Survival
12:30 – Descend back to the base
13:30 – Lunch
14:30 – Leave for Mumbai


Contact Us

Akul Tripathi – 98197 26688
Dhiren Talpade – 96197 93983
Ryan Thomas – 99202 63810


One cannot live 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, 3 hours without shelter and 3 minutes without air. However, we have always (touch wood!) managed to get participants back home safe and sound. A large part of the credit goes to the participants who pack and do as mentioned under:

1. WATER: They always have at least 2 litres of water. They keep sipping water and replenishing their body reserves which are usually lost through perspiration and transpiration. This also keeps them happy and energetic.

2. SHOES: They check their shoes before the event for strength, grip and comfort. Old unused shoes usually don’t last for more than 30 minutes in the outdoors. Similarly, brand new shoes almost always result in shoe bites. Closed shoes protect their feet from pricks and bites. This helps them focus on having a good time rather than just facing the elements. They also carry slippers/flip-flops/sandals to be worn during rest time and travel.

3.CLOTHES: They wear comfortable clothes which allow them to stretch, climb and jump. Clothing is most effective when it covers your arms and legs from the sun, cold, pricks and bites. They usually carry extra clothes and a towel depending on the number of days the event is. We have observed that extra plastic bags are of great help when it comes to storing wet clothes.

4. FOOD: They get Chocolates, Chikki, Dry Fruits, biscuits, farsan, vadapav, samosa, salami, chicken sausages, roast lamb, etc… These items keeps them charged and energetic during the day. The food makes us happy too. PLEASE CARRY STUFF that can be warmed and eaten over a campfire.

5. SUN PROTECTION: They carry hats/caps, sunglasses and sunscreen and use them. This also reflects well in the numerous photographs that get clicked.

6. JACKETS / WINDCHEATERS: They prefer enjoying the outdoors warm and dry. YES it will be COLD.

7. SLEEPING BAGS: We have observed that participants use these sleeping bags in a variety of ways. We will however use these for sleeping at night. If you don’t have a sleeping bag, carry 2 thick bed-sheets/blankets.

8. TOILETRIES & MEDICINES: They say soap, toothpaste and toothbrush help keep a good hygiene. In addition they carry medicines that they commonly use to counter Asthama, allergies and other health issues that they may have.

9. ELECTRONICS: They carry cameras, torches, extra bulbs and batteries. They also make sure to have waterproof coverings to protect their belongings from moisture.

10. BACKPACK: They usually carry all their stuff on their backs keeping their hands free for things other than holding a bag.

11. TRASH BAG: They do not believe in littering and so they carry trash bags to carry all the wrappers, chewing gums, chips Packets, etc and dispose it off in the local Garbage Bin.

12. MOSQUITO REPELLENT: They just sm

iled when we asked them why. They did sleep very peacefully at night.

13. HUMOUR: Their sense of humour made it difficult for anything to dampen their spirits.



All Jumpstart events take place in the great outdoors. The success of these events depend upon various factors which include climatic conditions, governmental / quasi-governmental policies, mechanical and human error in hired vehicles, etc. and despite checks and double checks, there is always a possibility that the event may not see through as planned or advertised. Jumpstart and it’s representatives do everything in their reasonable capacity to ensure the smooth running of an event and stick to the advertised plan. However, in the situation that an event has to be shortened or cancelled, Jumpstart would stand liable to refund only the balance amount of the total amount paid after deductions of the actual cost incurred up to the moment.

Jumpstart and it’s representatives do not subscribe to or encourage the consumption of any Alcoholic and/or Narcotic and Psychotropic substances during an event. Not only does the consumption thereof compromise the safety of the individual and the group physically, but also legally. Any participant who does not adhere to this policy during the event would automatically stop being a part of the event and be asked to make private arrangements for themselves thereon, without receiving any refund whatsoever.

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