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What You Should Know More About Kamshet

  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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. 


    Bedsa
    Cave
    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. 


    Uksan
    Lake
    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. 

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Traveller Tales from Kamshet

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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.

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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 will definitely stole your hearts.

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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 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.

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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, there was no stopping and the views were the best I enjoyed in my life.

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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 grounds.

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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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Achyut Tandon

10 November 2015

For our first year anniversary, we embarked on an exciting experience of paragliding in Kamshet. We had a great time with an amazing package that my hubby got as a gift for me. There were set of certified pilots and flying enthusiasts, who made us feel at ease. My hubby is a pilot, so this was easy for him. I am a person who is generally afraid about heights. Although, Kamshet is a beautiful destination which is located at about 110km from Mumbai and 45km from Pune , thus we took a single car ride from our house in Pune, I felt that flying is not my thing initially. A daylong course took us through paragliding of 3 different types namely; Classic Tandem, Instructional Tandem, and Acro Tandem. Well, I do not remember the names exactly though. A two seater plane took us high up in the air from where one can take paragliding flight with a certified instructor. As my hubby had a certification, they allowed us to take it together. It was amazing. I shall cherish it forever and ever.

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Dhanvin Mahajan

09 June 2015

It was fun learning the basics of paragliding. Trainers were extremely professional and we were given the required attention and tips about flying. After completing the courses, we got to experience the real charm of Kamshet paragliding and must admit that it was one of the best and adventurous experience I had so far! If you are also planning for it, check out the best time for paragliding in Kamshet and most of the fun depends on the wind.

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Amrin

22 April 2017

This was an amazing experience! Along with paragliding that can make you feel like a bird conquering the skies, there is an added bonus in the form of a mini trek to reach the top of the cliff, the starting point of the activity! The guide, mr Ravi, in our case is super experienced and helpful, which makes it an overall enjoyable experience! If you are anywhere near pune-lonavala, do not miss this one!

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