Kamshet Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2020

Kamshet is a beautiful hill station located in the Western Ghats of India. The place is famous for paragliding, a beloved adventure sport of India and the numerous flying schools located in the vicinity. The small but picturesque hill station is surrounded by the breathtaking Western Ghats which form a major part of the tourist places in Kamshet and regularly finds itself in many top 10 lists that name destination for the ultimate thrill-seekers. 

Kamshet is a paradise not just for the eyes but also for the adventures junkie in you. But don’t think this place is just for those who seek thrill and excitement. There are numerous other activities to do in Kamshet as well as tourist hotspots that make this an ideal place for a family getaway or even a romantic getaway. 
Kamshet is ideally located just 45km from the main town of Pune city. The locals refer to it as a paragliding paradise. There is no better place in the region to indulge in this thrilling adventure activity.

But if you are not much of a thrill-seeker then you can spend your time enjoying the natural scenery, fresh air a luxury these days and stroll through the small villages laced around this quaint hill station. If you want to experience the quintessential Indian village lifestyle then a visit to one of the villages is a must. 
There you can interact with locals, have a feel of what it’s like to live in muddy huts and even have a small shopping spree at the local village markets.

The hills station is surrounded by gorgeous sunflowers fields and you can enjoy some amazing views while paragliding over them. Other tourist places in Kamshet include 
Bhairi CavesBedse CavesPavana Lake, Kondeshwar Temple, and Shinde Wadi Hills. If you have more time at hand you can perhaps extend your trip to other hill stations such as Khandala and Lonavala, which are located at short distances from Kamshet.

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14 August 2015
We had an amazing time here with all our friends and this was an exciting experience for all of us.
"that was really a thrilling experience.. we, a group of 6 members experienced this activity for the first time to the fullest. "
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 will definitely stole your hearts.
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 familiar with the equipment, glider controls under their supervision. I was happy that I got personal attention to help. The training was complimented with Ground School classes to understand relevant concepts. This was boring but useful. Also participating in a Training Simulator session was done to ease oneself to acquire flying skills. In short, it was an amazing experience that I recommend all to take. I graduated level 1 and I will join level 2 next week.
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 grounds.
13 March 2020
Paragliding was on my list from a long time and finally, Thrillophilia gave me the opportunity to do in my budget. The guide was a very knowledgeable person and gave us proper information about it. The experience was craziest and I yelled very much. true experience and you can't afford to miss this, must try.
07 March 2019
This was my first time paragliding with my friends and it was a great experience the view was very beautiful. We take many pictures from the top. The guide was good I never forgot this experience.
02 March 2019
It was an amazing experience. The view from starting was superb, the guide was very helpful and professional he managed everything properly I enjoy this adventure a lot. Recommended for you.
06 March 2020
It was a unique experience, I glide for the first time but worth doing it. The instructor was good and guided us well regarding the whole activity. You must listen to that so that it will be safe as well as you can enjoy it. This place is very beautiful and you can feel the calmness right from the starting of paragliding, overall it was an awesome
14 March 2020
Very beautiful place and must be doing paragliding to view the best scenery. I get the experienced guide who will help me completely to have the best moments in the air. I will definitely try this once again.

People Also Ask About Kamshet

  1. What are the places to visit in Kamshet with friends and family?

    Kamshet places to visit can be enjoyed for the major part of the year as the weather remains pleasant due to its altitude. Click here to discover more

    1. Uksan Lake
    - 14 kilometers from Kamshet. 
    2. Shinde Wadi Hills - 2 kilometers from Kamshet. 
    3. Bedse Caves - 10 kilometers from Kamshet.
    4. Kondeshwar Temple - 20 kilometers from Kamshet.
    5. Bhandar Dongar - 23 kilometers from Kamshet.

  2. What is the best time to visit Kamshet?

    1. Kamshet during winters (December – February)

    Temperature: 28 – 5 degrees Celsius

    Winter is the best time to visit Kamshet. The heat from the sun is soft on the skin and sight-seeing becomes easier. At night, however, the temperature can drop to as low as 5 degrees Celsius. So it is advisable to carry warm sweaters and jackets.

    2. Kamshet during summer (March-May)

    28 – 36 degrees Celsius

    Kamshet can be visited during summers if you are willing to bear with the sun. The scorching heat can cause dehydration and tanning, so carry sunglasses, hats, sun-screen and a bottle of water with you. The nights are pleasant and perfect for star-gazing.

    3. Kamshet during monsoon (June – October)

    Temperature: 21 – 27 degrees Celsius

    Since paragliding is an umpteenth attraction of the place, it is advisable to not visit Kamshet during monsoon. There are chances of a hailstorm, and the unpredictable rain schedule might interrupt your sight-seeing itinerary.

  3. How to reach Kamshet?

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

  4. What are the drinking Laws in Kamshet?

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Which are the best places for shopping in Kamshet?

    Kamshet, being a small city, does not have malls or shopping centres. People usually visit the place for its caves and paragliding adventure. However, there are a lot of local shops selling goods and services traditional to the culture of Maharashtra. There are places around Kamshet for shopping that are a bounty for trinkets and souvenirs. Some of these places include:

    1. Sachin Bhate: 
    Sachin Bhate is a shopping centre in Hinjewadi, about 30 km from Kamshet. The place offers traditional sarees and key chains that can be bought as gifts for your family and friends.

    2. Styleyara: 
    Styleyara, situated in Chinchwad Gaon, is a drive of 25 km from Kamshet. They have a variety of Kurtis, salwar suits, sarees, and western clothes in their repertoire.

    3. Rohini Collection: 
    Rohini Collection, too, is situated in Chinchwad Gaon and sells clothes. Their collection of clothes is not only restricted to females but also includes kid’s clothes and male clothes.

  7. 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 in Kamshet. 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

    1. Shelat Site
    2. Tower Hill
    3. Lake View Site
    4. Shinde Tekdi
    5. Pavana Lake Site

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

    There are many famous caves near Kamshet.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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
  9. Which are the famous pilgrimage places in Kamshet?

    There are many famous Pilgrimage places in Kamshet.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.
  10. 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.

  11. Is it safe to travel to Kamshet?

    Yes, Kamshet is a safe place to visit with friends and families. Even during paragliding, if you are not skilled enough, you are tethered to a pilot for your safety at some organizations.  At night, it is safe to walk on the streets without any hassle. However, just to be on the safe side, carry pepper-spray with you wherever you go.

  12. What are the best ways to travel in and around Kamshet?

    Kamshet is a small town, so it does not have its own airport. However, being on the trading route of many cities, it does have a well-connected railway and bus system. An MSRTC bus runs to Bhaja, Uskan, and Kamra from Kamshet.

    The hills are dotted with ancient caves and temples that are a site of attraction to many tourists. These places can be easily visited on tuk-tuks or auto rickshaws. And if you are traveling in autos, then do bargain because they are likely to charge you twice the amount. You can even hire a taxi from the nearest city and visit Kamshet.

  13. What is the ideal duration of a holiday in Kamshet?

    The waterfalls, shopping centers, hills, caves, and temples can be explored on a trip of 3D/2N. Being small, this city does not have many expeditions apart from its soul-awakening paragliding adventure. Paragliding would consume half a day, and the other half can be spent exploring lakes around the town and relishing the Maharashtrian cuisine from local shops in the streets.

    The Bedsa and Bhaja Caves, Wadeshwar and Kondeshwar temples, and many daintier hill treks will take a day or two; even when you spend your time lousily. There is an abundance of exploration sites that are ideal for those who are adventurous and keen on the subjects of history and environment.

  14. How can I spend my day in Kamshet?

    Paragliding is an umpteenth attraction of the town and is a must-do activity. It is not that expensive, and the natural terrain coupled with pleasant weather conditions make for a memorable experience for first-timers. The stunning forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Lonavala, and Torna are an exhilarating view from the sky. 

    Carla, Bedsa, and Bhaja Caves can be explored in one day. They contain ancient sculptures formulated in dancing positions and are as old as the 1
    st century. They are a popular attraction for history enthusiasts. You can also visit Wandeshwar, Kondeshwar, and Sangameshwar temples. These are the Hindu God Lord Shiva’s temples and attract devotees from all across India.

  15. Which restaurants serve the best food in Kamshet?

    Be it cheap but scrumptious food in a dhaba or lavish retreats offered by luxurious restaurants, Kamshet has a little bit of both. If you are confused about where to eat without having to worry about hygiene, then here is a list of hospitable restaurants serving a Maharashtrian and multi-cuisine culinary experience:

    1. Sunny da Dhaba: 
    Experience the local dhaba-style lunch or dinner at Sunny da Dhaba. They have lip-smacking food particular to the Maharashtrian cuisine.

    2. Trikaya Retreat: 
    Resort-cum-restuarant, Trikaya Retreat has a magnificent interior with restaurants overlooking lush green landscapes.

    3. Crème Della: 
    If you are craving for dessert, Crème Della is where you should go. Their muffins, pies, cupcakes and other delicacies are a sweet-tooth tantaliser.

    All of these places offer a repertoire much different from the other with local delicacies. If you want to explore the platter of the town, any of these places will not disappoint you.

  16. What kind of nightlife I can experience in Kamshet?

    To be honest, there is nothing much to do in Kamshet at night. However, there are packages to spend a night at a campsite by Pawana Lake. The package includes fishing, bonfire, star-gazing and experiencing what nature has to offer at surprisingly cheaper rates. 

    You can also spend your night camping by yourself by the Pawana Lake, or go night trekking if you seek an adrenaline rush and love looking at twinkling cities from atop a hill. 
    Spend your night experiencing avant-garde dishes from the Maharashtrian cuisine. But other than that, Kamshet, being a secluded and holistic tourist destination, does not have much of a nightlife.

  17. Travel Advice while keeping in mind visiting Kamshet?

    1. This is a parasailers and paragliders haven, perfect for weekend getaways
    2. 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.
    3. You can reach Kamshet via air from Pune domestic airport or hire a taxi to reach here
    4. You can also take a rail up to Lonavala and hire a taxi from there
    5. If you take a bus, you can stop at this spot from the Pune- Mumbai bus route
    6. Apart from hotels, you can also choose to stay at guesthouses, base camps, or cottages.
    7. You can also choose to stay at the paragliding ashram which is an affordable accommodation for anyone.
    8. There is no scope for any shopping sprees or activities at Kamshet
    9. From Kamshet, you can also visit nearby places, like Lonavala, Bushi, Karnala, and Matheran