India is a land of otherworldly landscapes for adventure lovers, from gorgeous lakes and endless rolling plains to the astounding snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, it caters to every type of adrenaline rush seekers. Flying through the air is one of man’s oldest dreams. Paragliding allows you to fulfill that dream of bird-like flying in the sky. Paragliding is a favorite air-borne adventure sport that lets you experience the extreme thrill of flying high in the sky. During paragliding, you fly on paragliders which are very lightweight, engine-less, foot-launched glider aircraft with a trained paraglider professional. The adventure starts with the aircraft taking off from a flying site at a high altitude and landing on a plain site. There are many bucket list-worthy paragliding sites in India to choose from. Kamshet of Maharashtra is one among them. Kamshet paragliding is a must-visit destination for someone looking to experience paragliding in an off-beat site without traveling to far-off places. Here’s a detailed guide for this beautiful retreat.
About the Kamshet paragliding site and the experience
Kamshet is a picturesque hill station surrounded by the alluring Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra. The locals refer to this beautiful hill station as the paragliding Paradise. Apart from paragliding, Kamshet is also famous for other tourist activities. Kamshet is situated at a distance of 45 km from Pune city making it a perfect weekend getaway for city people.
Kamshet is becoming popular day by day among adventure junkies across India. As the hill station is surrounded by Western ghats, its scenic beauty with its pleasures and climate around the year makes it a perfect site for paragliding. Paragliding at Kamshet gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the beautiful open sky, rivers, valleys, and picturesque views of the mountains of Western Ghat all adorned with lush greenery.
Paragliding starts from either Kamshet tower hills (or Kusgaon hills), Karanjgaon hills, or Pawna Lake hills, and it is an easy to moderate experience as you will be guided by a trained paraglider right from the start. Some of the popular operators for paragliding in Kamshet are Indus paragliding school, paragliding Mantra, Adrenaline hunter, Nirvana adventures.
On a two-seater plane, you will be paragliding with an instructor for short durations like 10 to 15 minutes; however, the paraglider flight can last for several hours and can travel up to hundreds of kilometers. The eligibility criteria for paragliding is like any other adventure sport, anyone who is mentally and physically fit and has a weight not less than 40 kg is eligible for paragliding. For adults, there is no such age limit but children from 6 to 18 years of age have to be accompanied by their parents during paragliding. The cost per person varies and depends on different criteria but the approximate cost would be INR 2500 and above.
Is there any risk during paragliding?
Chances of any mishappening during paragliding are negligible because first of all, you will be flying under the supervision of a trained pilot with experience. Second, irrespective of your tour operator they all arrange security tools for you like security Shields, head defenders, and life-saving parachutes. Apart from these things proper briefing and several security checks are done preflight to ensure your safety and comfort.
Best Time for Kamshet paragliding
Kamshet is a well-formed destination for paragliding with its favorable weather conditions and amazing views of the surrounding and desirable wind conditions. The Best time to visit Kamshet for paragliding is from October to June.
How to reach Kamshet?
Connectivity is not a problem when it comes to reaching Kamshet as the hill station is located at a distance of 45 km from the main town of Pune city and 110 km from Mumbai. Both public and private transport can be used to reach the destination.
Other places to explore around Kamshet
Not just for paragliding, Kamshet is famous for its other activities and Scenic beauty. The hill station is perfect for a much-needed break from your city life into the lap of mother nature. The lush green surroundings and small villages around the head station so this your mind and soul. Some tourist places in kamshet are Kondeshwar Temple, Sindhu wall hills, and Pavana lake. Another beautiful hill station, Lonavala is also close to Kamshet. Adventure with Kamshet is sure to leave you pleased and satisfied with your time and money spent.
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