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Uksan Lake

Uksan Lake is one of those places that promise to take you into a peaceful and blissful space, away from the chaos of city life. This is a small oasis-like place that is framed by hills and forests, lending it a beautiful appearance.

It is a great place to hike, swim, night camp, barbeque, or just sit by the lakeside and hear the water rustling around you. Seeing the sunset or sunrise here is also a great experience. 

The lake waters swell up and the surrounding greens look even more luxuriant during and after the rains. 

Location: 14 kilometres from Kamshet.  

Best time: The lake is best visited after the monsoon months of June-September.

Shinde Wadi Hills

These hills, which have war legends around them, are the best place to try paragliding while in Kamshet. Located at a height of around 200 ft their gentle slopes allow expert and beginner gliders to indulge in hours of undulated adventure and fun of paragliding. 

Try to reach before dawn to see the beautiful sunrise from behind the hills. It is among the best 
places to visit in Kamshet to enjoy an escape into the cool crisp air of the hills. 

Location: 2 kilometres from Kamshet. 

Best time: October-May is the flying season.

Bhairi Caves

These caves, one of the oldest in Maharashtra, are one of the most popular places to visit in Kamshet. Located on a high rocky area, they are reachable through a hike on very rocky terrain. 

Once there, you will be rewarded with beautiful and majestic views of these intriguing caves. An ancient site for animal sacrifices, it is said that the practice is still followed here. 

You can even see some utensils kept here. Spend some time here taking in panoramic views of the twin forts of Rajmachi, Shrivardhan, and Manoranjan surrounded by the tranquillity of nature.  

Location: The caves are located in Jambhivali, which is 20 kilometres from Kamshet.

Best time: February- May, and October- December.

Pavana Lake

Though an artificial lake created from the Pavana Dam, this lake is a must-visit amongst Kamshet places to visit for an idyllic escape into the peace that nature offers. It is a popular camping location due to its beautiful scenery. 

Don’t miss to see the sun cast its golden hues on the calm waters and surrounding hills during sunset and sunrise. Those keen on bird watching can spot species like Indian Roller, Shikra, and Pied Bushchat, etc. around the waters. 

Location: 18 kilometres from Kamshet.

Best time: February- May, and October- December.

Bedse Caves

Cave exploration in Kamshet is incomplete without visiting the Buddhist Bedse Caves, which are said to be built in the first century. Like most caves, these also have a dark, damp, and mystic allure about them. 

As you enter, you will see a temple with ancient carvings of elephants, horses, etc. on the walls. A beautifully carved ceiling and pillars arch the monastery inside, which is a must-see. 

This is one of the best 
places to visit in Kamshet to spend time meditating or simply being with oneself in the silent & serene environs of the caves. 

Location: 10 kilometres from Kamshet.

Best time: Monsoons months of June-September.

Kondeshwar Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this ancient temple is famous for its location in the midst of a dense forest. Reachable after a rocky hike, its black stone architecture never fails to astonish. 

The serenity of the temple is only broken by the sounds of cascading water from a nearby waterfall. Spend time cooling down in the misty water sprays from the falls. 

Don’t miss the Shri Kheteshwar Maharaj Samadhi located near a charming little pond, one of the top attractions in 
Kamshet places to visit

Location: The temple is located in Jambhivali, which is 20 kilometres from Kamshet.

Best time: 
February- May, and October- December. The temple remains open from 6:00 am- 8:30 pm every day.

Bhandar Dongar

This is one of those charmingly rustic places that have a great appeal for tourists. There is a beautiful ancient temple dedicated to Saint Tukaram, located atop a hill. 

The place is also a great attraction for people interested in hiking and paragliding due to its sloped terrain and location on the hill. It is amongst the most popular 
Kamshet places to visit both for beginners as well as expert gliders. 

Location: 23 kilometres from Kamshet.

Best time: February- May, and October- December. 

Visapur Fort

Famous for its striking location atop a lush green plateau at 1084 metres, the fort is a popular tourist attraction and one of the most famous places to visit in Kamshet

The hike to the fort is exciting and takes one through thickets and waterfalls covered in a silvery mist. Reach the summit to see the Hanuman Temple and views of Visapur Fort’s twin Lohagad Fort.

You will also see many small ancient caves, ruins of stone houses, known as the Peshwa’s palace. One of the most interesting things to see is the ten feet long gun that is said to belong to Queen Elizabeth. 

Location: 17 kilometres from Kamshet.

Best time: Mid-June to February.

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Traveller Tales from Kamshet


Ranjeet Bharadwaj

14 August 2015

We had an amazing time here with all our friends and this was an exciting experience for all of us.


Prathyusha Nidamanuru

03 June 2019

"that was really a thrilling experience.. we, a group of 6 members experienced this activity for the first time to the fullest. "

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Lavanya Trivedi

15 November 2015

It was my life long desire to experience this crazy paragliding and finally i had the fortune do this in kamshet, one of the most popular Paragliding destinations in India. This short Ariel adventure w

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Durgeshwari Ganaka

10 May 2015

I was very scared to take this initially, but at first, we started training on flat ground. After this we met our course mates, instructors. The instructors taught us about equipments and we got famili...

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Vishnu Dutta

12 October 2015

Must to do activity!!! I recommend paragliding to every adventure lover. It gives you a thrilling experience. The views from top is amazing, moreover it feels awesome when you start coming down on the

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Arnesh Gandhi

05 July 2014

Such an amazing experience of flying in Kamshet! Must appreciate the way it was carried out by the organisers. The guides were great and made me fear-free before the flight. And once I was in the air, ...

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Sugam Singhal

14 June 2017

A great experience! Worth a try for all nature lovers. The team is very helpful and the pilots are friendly and helpful too. Highly recommend a stay at the Nature's cabin which Thrillophilia books!

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Prudhvi Bhogavalli

28 December 2018

"Well organized. Had to wait for a couple of hours and wait has paid off. Patience is must since it is dependent on weather. "


Roberta McCarty

08 December 2018

I loved it. The pilot Ganesh, was very professional, knowledgable (aka, really knows his stuff), calm, reassuring, organized, and most of all its a total blast and a fun adventure! Temple Pilots al...

What You Should Know More About Kamshet

  • Q. Travel Advice

    • This is a parasailers and paragliders haven, perfect for weekend getaways

    • The best time to get a view of this place is between October to February. Avoid travelling here in summer as the heat is too much, and you will not be able to enjoy the adventure sports.

    • You can reach Kamshet via air from Pune domestic airport or hire a taxi to reach here

    • You can also take a rail up to Lonavala and hire a taxi from there

    • If you take a bus, you can stop at this spot from the Pune- Mumbai bus route

    • Apart from hotels, you can also choose to stay at guesthouses, base camps, or cottages.

    • You can also choose to stay at the paragliding ashram which is an affordable accommodation for anyone.

    • There is no scope for any shopping sprees or activities at Kamshet

    • From Kamshet, you can also visit nearby places, like Lonavala, Bushi, Karnala, and Matheran

  • Q. Tipping

    Most of the restaurants and dhabas have local cuisine and have no service tax levied. As a common etiquette followed in restaurants, you can give a tip of 10% of the total bill.

  • Q. Drinking Laws

    Liquor is not available in most of the restaurants. You can however use soft drinks, as this is an adventurous sports spot, and drinking while taking a course is prohibited.

  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Paragliding and outdoor activities
    You can take a course on paragliding and parasailing, regardless of your age. The paragliding is taken off from the Shinde Wadi hills. For the beginners a height of 100 to 200 feet is chosen. The time for commencement of this sport is from 9.00 am to 5.00pm. Many landing options are available even for beginner paragliders. You can also take to rapelling activities and boat rides in the nearby lake at Kamshet.

    Bhairi Cave
    To reach this place is a trekker’s delight. This cave is dedicated to a goddess and it is said that animal sacrifice is still practiced here. Locals believe in a superstition that if anyone tries to steal the utensils found in this cave, they will be punished by the Bhairi goddess. A trek to this cave is not easy and must not be attempted by novice trekkers. 

    This cave has Buddhist architecture. It is similar to a stupa. It is one of the oldest Buddhist monuments that is at least 2300 years old. This is the cave built by Emperor Ashoka to practice ahimsa after he was stuck with self-loathing tragedy after the Kalinga war. Always visit this cave during day time. This is one of the remotest places near Pune. 

    Kamshet is a well known spot since many years for weekend getaways. This is a clean and a quaint lake, 10 kilometers from Kamshet. You can enjoy the fresh breeze here during summers. Take a walk near the lake or the nearby forest. There are accommodation facilities available nearby the lake. 

    Kondeshwar temple
    This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has waterfalls and ponds nearby. This is one of the oldest temples and one of the good picnic spots for family. You can also trek in the nearby Dhak Bhairi forest. 

  • Q. What would You like there?

    Outdoor activities
    People visit this place to learn boating, rappelling, and they go on long treks in the nearby places. This is a sport for people with adventurous spirit. This is also a good place for a family getaway. You can only perform these outdoor activities as there is no place to shop. You can however, eat and stay at the local resorts and restaurants. 

    Road trip and scenic view
    Take a pleasant road trip to this place, if travel by rail or air is not something you are up to. This can be a pleasant errand, as the weather is usually enjoyable, except for the summers. Most of the places in and around Kamshet are great for sightseeing and taking a stroll apart from adventurous sports.

    Family picnics
    This is one of the best places to visit with an affordable budget with families and friends. You can get hooked to the beauty and serenity of this place. After a hectic week of work, you can relax in the green panorama of this hill station and also visit nearby dams, lakes, and caves. This Kondashwer temple is made in black marble and gets crowded on the occasion of Mahashiva Ratri. You can visit this place during festivals. 

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  • Q. When is the best time to visit Kamshet?

    The best time to visit Kamshet is usually from December to February. The minimum temperature may drop down to 13 degrees but there is no rainfall during this time. The clear skies are ideal for Paragliding and the cool weather allows for comfortable sightseeing.

    Summers in Kamshet are short-lived and last only between March and April. But the temperatures can soar as high as 40 degrees. Monsoons hit the region as early as may can last until November. You may not be able to enjoy paragliding during this time, but the natural beauty of the area is accentuated and it’s the best time to visit the waterfalls.

  • Q. How to reach Kamshet?

    Kamshet can be accessed by air, train and road/self drive.

    Air: The nearest airport is Pune located at a distance of 55 Km from Kamshet. All major domestic airlines have direct flights to Pune from many major cities in India. Once you exit the airport, you can take a bus, taxi or train to Kamshet.

    Train: The closest railway station to Kamshet is in Lonavala. The Lonavala station is connected to all major Indian cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Cochin, Bangalore, etc. Once you exit the station, hire a local cab as Kamshet is only 17Km away.

    Road: You can either take one of the state run buses from Pune to Kamshet, or even drive. Kamshet is connected via highway to Pune as well as Mumbai.

  • Q. What are the different things/activities to do in Kamshet?

    There are numerous places to visit in Kamshet as well as many activities to participate in.

    • Paragliding, considered the best activity to do in Kamshet
    • Visit Pawna Lake
    • Visit Shinde Wadi Hills
    • Visit Kondeshwar Temple
    • Visit Bedsa Caves
    • Visit Bhairi Caves

  • Q. Which are the best resorts to stay in Kamshet?

    Here is a list of the top resorts to stay at when visiting Kamshet.

    • Fariyas Resort
    • Hotel Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa
    • Della Resort
    • The Lagoona Resort
    • Orchid Resort
    • Whispering Wood Resort
    • The Dukes Retreat
    • Citrus Lonavala
    • Under the Over, Lonavala

  • Q. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Kamshet?

    The only public transport available in Kamshet are the private cabs. You can hire them on a daily basis, they may even give you packages that will include visits to various tourist spots in and around Kamshet.

  • Q. Which are the best places for shopping in Kamshet?

    There are no malls or major shopping area in Kamshet. Just some local markets that sell everyday stuff. There really isn’t much to shop here. Most of the things are available in Pune or Mumbai.

  • Q. What are the best places for paragliding in Kamshet?

    Kamshet is among the best places in India for paragliding. There are numerous companies that offer paragliding in the area. You can make your decision based on price, duration and type of paragliding. There are many options to choose from and you won’t be disappointed.

     Here is a list of the five best spots in Kamshet for paragliding 

    • Shelat Site
    • Tower Hill
    • Lake View Site
    • Shinde Tekdi
    • Pavana Lake Site

    These places offer the best view of the western ghats and the beautiful hill station of Kamshet.

  • Q. What are the adventure activities that can be done in Kamshet?

    Well if you don’t already know it then the best adventure activity in Kamshet is Paragliding. However, there are many other activities in the area that will satisfy the adventure junkie within you.

     Here’s a few of the adventure activities you can enjoy while visiting Kamshet.

    • Rappelling
    • Rock Climbing
    • Trekking
    • Finshing
    • Angling
    • Swimming
    • Boating

  • Q. Which are the famous caves to visit in Kamshet? And how to reach there?

    There are many famous caves near Kamshet.

    • Bedsa Caves: The caves are located in the Maval Taluka district. The caves can be traced as far back as the 1st century BC and there is evidence of regular maintenance of the caves until 1861 by the local authorities and the Britishers.


    • Bhairi Caves: The caves are famous for animal sacrifices that take place even today. They are situated on high rocks in Kamshet. Folklore suggests that if you try to steal from the caves specifically the utensils present there, one will have to face the wrath of God Bhairi.


    • Bhaje Caves: The caves are located near Lonavala. These are Buddhist caves and are believed to belong to the Hinayana Buddhist period. When visiting the caves you can also visit the Lohagad and Visapur Forts.

    The best way to travel to these caves would be by hiring a private cab. You can also drive to their location if you have your own car or bike. You can get easy direction using google maps

  • Q. Which are the famous pilgrimage places in Kamshet?

    There are many famous Pilgrimage places in Kamshet.

    • Bhairavnath Temple: The temple is located in Rajmachi. The architecture of the temple is similar to that of other Shiva temples in the Konkan Region.


    • Shree Narayani Dham Temple: Situated close to lonavala market/highway. A very nice and calm place. Temple is very beautiful,  specially the idol of deity narayani.


    • Kondeshwar Temple: The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It's a great place for a family picnic and there is a pond and waterfall in the vicinity.

  • Q. Which are the best destinations for road trips in Kamshet?

    The best road trips from Kamshet would be to one of the caves located nearby. You can also drive or bike to nearby hill stations such as Lonavala or Khandala.


    Here is a list of the places you can take a fantastic road trip too.

    • Lonavala-Located just 17 km away. It's a short driving distance but the views are breathtaking.


    • Khandala-Located 22 km away, the drive takes around 40 minutes and you can stop in Lonavala in your way back.


    • Bedsa Caves-Located 10 km away, the drive takes about 30 minutes. They are an ancient Buddhist sites and the architecture is truly remarkable.
    • Bhairi Caves- The drive takes around 90 minutes. Bear in mind, the caves are located on higher ground so make sure you are ready for the uphill drive.