Paragliding in Panchgani: A Detailed Travel Guide - 2020

About Panchgani:

Nestled amidst five of the fascinating hills of the Sahyadri Ranges, Panchgani owes its discovery to India's British era. Seated graciously at a height of 1,305m above the sea level, this gorgeous hill station was discovered during the colonial times after the British officers found it tough to access Mahabaleshwar during the monsoons.

Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, the beauty of Panchgani is further enhanced by numerous rivulets, Krishna Valley, never-ending greeneries and captivating ridges. Also nicknamed as the 'Switzerland of India', this year-round destination is well connected with other popular tourist destinations like Mumbai, Pune, Mahabaleshwar, Wai and others.

Adding more to the charm and appeal of Panchgani, there is a myriad list of things to do and places to visit. One among these, paragliding in Panchgani is the most sought after activity, and is enjoyed by almost all the visitors to this stunning hill station. Caving, sightseeing, lake visits, and local shopping are some of the other popular options among the visitors.

Paragliding in Panchgani:

Though Maharashtra has some of the renowned paragliding destinations like Panshet, Bhandardara and Chikhaldara, Panchgani is considered as the paradise for the flyers. Clear sky, favourable wind, astounding views of the hills, mountains and the scenic valleys, makes this hill station a must visit place for paragliding. Bhilar, Khinger and Tapola are some of the most popular destinations for paragliding in Panchgani.

Be it within or paragliding near Panchgani, you will be always promised with a blissful experience. Moreover, the various options for the flights along with the presence or company of skilled instructors will add an extra amount of fun and excitement to your paragliding experience.

On a usual flight, the flyers can make it to a soaring height of around 4,000 to 5,000ft above the ground and enjoy the bird's eye view of Panchgani. While the scenic beauty of the hill station promises you wonderful views, the incorporation of all the required safety equipment and an expert pilot assures maximum safety and unlimited fun to the flyers.

Types of Paragliding in Panchgani:

While paragliding near Panchgani, you can indulge in two types of dives:

1. Tandem Jump:

Ideal for the beginners, these type of jumps are always accompanied by a trained or well-skilled pilot. The participants are usually harnessed with the pilot through a tandem that holds both of them firm while in the air.

While within the air, the participant only need to enjoy the flight as the pilot controls or manoeuvres the entire flight; from the dive to the landing. Though no prior experience is required for a tandem jump, it is always advisable to come prepared along with a fitness certificate from the physician.

2. Solo Jump:

Within these flights, the participant go solo and has to control the glider throughout the process. Prior experience along with the certificate to fly is mandatory for solo flights.

Some of the paragliding camps in Panchgani also offer various courses related to the activity. Usually organised over the weekends, these courses offers a basic introduction to paragliding, elementary courses and advanced courses on paragliding.


Essential Info about Paragliding in Panchgani:

1. November to February is the best time for paragliding in Panchgani.

2. Bhilar, Khinger and Tapola are the three most popular paragliding destinations in Panchgani.

3. In Panchgani, you can participate or indulge in two different types of flight: tandem and solo.

4. In both the flights, you can reach up to a height of 4,000 to 5,000ft.

5. In order to take a flight, you must carry a 'fit to fly' certificate from your physician.

6. The flights usually lasts for around 30 minutes.


Other Popular Activities near Panchgani:

1.Sightseeing:

a.Sydney Point: This is in fact the best place to enjoy Panchgani's bountiful nature and pictorial beauty. Overlooking the stunning Krishna Valley, this point is perched atop a small hillock and also offers amazing views of Dhom Dam, Pandavgad and Mandhardeo.

b. Devil's Kitchen: According to the legends, this was the place where the Pandava brothers from Hindu epic Mahabharata spent a significant period during their exile. Cool and calm, it is located within a close proximity to Table Land.

c. Table Land: Located at a height of 4,550ft above the sea level, Table Land or the highest point of Panchgani is the second largest mountain plateau in the entire of Asia. Spreading across 95 acres of scenic pastures, it is yet another sought after view points in the entire vicinity and offers wonderful views of the Devil's Kitchen.

d. Mapro Garden: Located only 8km on the Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar Highway, Mapro Garden is known for the finest quality strawberry production in the country. A treat for the nature lovers, one can participate in field tours and know more about the cultivation and production of strawberries in the Mapro Garden.

e. Dhom Dam: An ideal spot for the water sport lovers to Panchgani, this dam is located around 21km from hill station. For the adventure buffs, they can indulge in activities like speed boat rides, scooter boat rides and several others.

f. Parsi Point: This view point offers the promising views of the Krishna Valley and the Dhom Dam. It is located on the Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar Highway.

g. Bhilar Waterfalls: If you are visiting Panchgani during the monsoons, you must visit the Bhilar Waterfalls. During this time of the year, this stunning cascade comes alive with all its glory and gracious charm. The source of the Kudali River, it gushes down from an astounding height of 300-350ft and meets the Venna River near Satara.


2. Trekking: The hilly terrains of Panchgani also entices a large number of trekkers from across the country. Narrow passes, offbeat trails, scenic patches, and enthralling routes make it a must visit destination for the trekkers.

3. Cycling: For the adventure lovers who prefer to enjoy the natural beauty on wheels, Panchgani proves to be an ideal destination. Favourable terrains, gorgeous views all around and pleasant ambience of the hill station makes it a perfect cycling destination among the adventure junkies.

4. Camping: The scenic locales and the evergreen outlook of Panchgani also host plenitude of camping destinations. Also, these camping destinations offer several other activities like horse riding, trekking, sightseeing and several others.

5. Rock Climbing and Rappelling: The rocky outgrowth around Panchgani also plays an important host to these two activities.


Popular Tourist Destinations near Panchgani:

1. Mahabaleshwar: The once a summer capital of the British Government, Mahabaleshwar is one of the most sought after tourist destinations near Panchgani. Located only 16km from the latter, it is the highest hill station in the entire of Western India.

2. Pratapgad Fort: Built by the valorous Maratha warrior Shivaji Maharaj, this historic fort is located only a few kilometres from Panchgani and offers a lively glimpse of the past.

3. Wai: Only 100km from Panchgani, Wai is known for its magnificent views and pictorial settings. Located on the banks of the Krishna River, this quaint city is also popular among the Hindu devotees.

 

How to Reach Panchgani:

By Road: One can easily reach Panchgani from other places like Mumbai (285km), Pune (100km), Mahabaleshwar (18km), Wai (100km), and Satara (45km).

By Train: Pune Railway Station is the nearest railway station; around 95km.

By Air: A drive of around 98km from Pune Airport will take you to Panchgani.

Here are some of the best paragliding packages:

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Kamshet Paragliding | Book Online @ Flat 14% off
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Location: Kamshet

Timings: The morning session starts at 8 AM and the afternoon session starts at 2 PM.

India is a country with naturally lofty hills, as well as two huge mountain ranges: the Western Ghats and Himalayas. This makes India a perfect land for paragliding. For those living or visiting the western reaches of India, Kamshet and nearby destinations are the ideal spots of paragliding, in Maharashtra. Kamshet is a beautiful destination located at about 110km from Mumbai and 45km from Pune that is decked with the beauty of the Sahyadri Ranges and valleys.

Embark on an exciting experience of paragliding in Kamshet with a set of certified pilots and flying enthusiasts.

After a quick briefing session by instructors about the activity, a group of professionals help gliders get adjusted onto the paraglider. Once that's done, the fun begins! The experience of the picturesque view of Sahyadri Ranges and the cool breeze brushing against gliders makes the adventure more thrilling.

The short fly will be for 5 to 6 minutes depending on weather conditions. You will get to enjoy a birds-eye view of the beautiful hills. The take-off point is at Kamshet, which is a popular offbeat paragliding site. Kamshet paragliding is suitable for the age group of 6 years onward. A two-seater plane will take you high up in the air from where you can take your paragliding flight with a certified instructor.

Eligibility for Kamshet paragliding: 
Minimum -  6 years
Children - 6 years to 18 years (Mandatory that the Children in this age range are accompanied by their Parents/Guardian) 
Adults- No age limit

Weight limit for Paragliding in Kamsheet:
 Maximum 95 KG

Please note: 
The timings depend on the wind flow and any changes in the above-mentioned schedule will be communicated at the site.
The elderly with the medical conditions need to report the same to the operator at the site. 

How to reach: 
Kamshet is a beautiful destination located at about 110km from Mumbai and 45km from Pune. One can reach Kamshet via public or private transport. The exact google map location will be shared with the customer on the date of the activity, depending upon the weather of that day. 

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About the Activity:
  • Enjoy a 3-day fun filled learning period with the introductory paragliding course in Kamshet. A team of professional pilots will train to make your skyward quest easy and rewarding. On this course, there is no prior experience needed to realize the exhilaration of free flight. Over moments of fun, challenges, and learning, you’ll be soaked with information on flying techniques, equipment usage, handling, safety measures through classroom and practical sessions including training simulator.
  • At first, you’ll start training on flat ground. Meet your course mates, instructors, and get familiar with the equipment, glider controls under strict supervision. You’ll get personal attention to help graduate to level 2. Your training will be complimented with Ground School classes to understand relevant concepts. Participating in a Training Simulator session makes it easy for you to acquire flying skills.
  • Upon clearing take-off and landing techniques, you’re ready for your first solo flight on nursery slopes with instructor support. This is the moment of truth, as you transcend to levels above the comfort of the ground below. Your instructor for certification would vet your flying and written tests to award the ‘Student Pilot’ Rating. This qualifies you for the next level, P2 (Open Sky Pilot).
Eligibility: For 15yrs & above  

Weight: Above 45kg

Please note:

  • Batches start every Monday and Friday for the 3 day course.
  • Your time slot will be booked based on weather conditions  
  • Quality checked equipment with high safety measures
  • Training supervised and conducted by qualified pilots.
  • Student Pilot certification post course completion   
  • Flying site - among India's top training hills 
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About the Activity:

Tandem paragliding in Kamshet or the mecca of adrenaline junkies, is the best way to spend your weekend! Located at a height of about 2,200 ft above sea level, this adventure hub has a wide expanse of luscious, thick greens surrounded by placid lakes and hilly terrains, all combined to take your breath away! Located about 110km from Mumbai and 45km from Pune, acrobatics tandem joyride in Kamshet lures adventure lovers to the paragliding paradise for a ride of a lifetime!

Soar through the skies and enjoying the captivating aerial views! Tandem paragliding in Kamshet is the place for you to give wings to your dream of flying amidst the clouds. Join this 20 minutes enthralling flight and manoeuvre through the azure sky! Trained pilots are at the ready to take you on an adventure joyride and perform different exciting acrobatic moves in the air. To name a few, there are the SAT, Spiral, Wing Overs, Ridge Dancing and a few others based on your stamina and the weather!


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About the Activity: 
  • Drive around 45km from Pune and have a tryst with the captivating beauty of the Western Ghats.
  • Give wings to your flight of dreams while paragliding in Kamshet.
  • Indulge in tandem or special tandem flights and enjoy your flight for around 15 minutes.
  • Fly high above the ground and enjoy the bird's eye views of Kamshet's untouched beauty.
  • Also, customise the flight according to your need and requirement; anniversaries, birthday celebrations or other events.

Temperature Range: 20 to 36 Degrees.


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