Have you ever wondered what's it like to soar through the skies? If you've ever envied the birds and how freely they fly through the skies, then it's time to try paragliding in Kamshet. You can book tandem paragliding flights for a first-time experience, or sign up for a full paragliding course.
Kamshet is a small village of Mawal Taluka. It is located between Mumbai and Pune at a distance of 20 km from Lonavala. The place is surrounded by the Sahyadri Ghats and good winds along with wonderful views. This makes this place a perfect destination for paragliding near Mumbai and Pune.
Paragliding is an extreme adventure sport perfect for adrenaline junkies and it lets you experience the thrill of flying. And while paragliding in Kamshet, you are treated to the magnificent views of the Western Ghats and the surrounding valleys dotted with lakes, ponds, rivers, and railway tracks cutting across the landscape.
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A tandem paragliding flight is perfect for those who want to experience the thrill of soaring in the skies. These flights don't require any technical skills or equipment as you will fly with a professional paraglider. These flights last for about 12-15 minutes and cost around INR 3000 per person. Do note that the weekend rates are higher than weekday rates, so visit during the week and avoid not only the crowds, but also higher costs. For an additional INR 1000, you can even record your own video via a GoPro.
If you've already done paragliding and want to learn more about the sport, then the next step is to do a paragliding course in Kamshet. These courses teach you how to fly a paraglider on your own, advanced launch and landing techniques, how to make a planned approach, deal with instabilities, and many more valuable skills. These courses also qualify you to fly on your own without requiring an instructor. These courses start from INR 20,000 and are of 4-5 days.
While visiting Kamshet for paragliding, you can pair the visit with an overnight stay. Kamshet is a gorgeous village located in the Western Ghats and has various accommodation options if you are looking for an escape from the city and into nature. There's a beautiful lakeside guesthouse for those who want a little comfort and there are also campsites close by if you would like to camp.
There are no skills required for Kamshet paragliding. All you have to do is strap-in and enjoy as the pilot controls the paraglider. As you soar through the skies, you get to enjoy the thrilling bird's eye view of the surrounding ghats and valleys.
Do note for Kamshet paragliding, you need to be above 16 years of age and have a minimum weight of 45 kg. If you suffer from back or knee injuries, then please consult your doctor before booking the Kamshet paragliding trip.
For tandem paragliding trips in Kamshet, you don't need any technical equipment as the operator will provide those to you. All you need to get is a light jacket and sunglasses. However, if you're doing a paragliding course, then you need to either rent the paragliding equipment or buy the same.
The tour operators put safety as their top priority and do not compromise on it. If they think the weather conditions are not perfect, then they will cancel the flight or wait for the conditions to be favourable. The pilots are well trained and have many hours of experience with paragliding. They know how to pilot the paraglider in all sorts of conditions.
Before the flight, they will also strap you in with high quality gear and make sure everything is well-secured before taking off.
Paragliding is an extreme sport which does involve some risks attached to it, but as long as all the safety standards are met, there is no need to worry about anything.
Kamshet is connected to Pune and Mumbai by a network of rail and road. If you're coming from Pune, then you can take a local train to reach Kamshet. If you're coming from Mumbai, then you can catch a train to Lonavala and then catch a local to Kamshet.
By road, Mumbai is at a distance of 110 km from Kamshet, and Pune is at 45 km. There are many state as well as privately run buses that connect Mumbai and Pune to Kamshet.
The pick-up point for Kamshet paragliding trips is Hotel Rangoli. It is located on the old Mumbai-Pune highway (NH4), just before Kamshet. It is located at about 50 km from Pune airport and 110 km from Mumbai airport. While travelling from Mumbai to Pune, the hotel is on the right side of the highway.
Although some travellers prefer to take their own cars to the take-off point, it is recommended that you opt for a pick-up. The reason being the road leading to the take-off point from the hotel is not well-maintained, and sometimes due to weather conditions, the take-off point may change.
Day 1: Go Paragliding in Kamshet
Today, you'll be picked up from the designated pick-up point by the operator who will then take you to the take-off site. There, you'll begin your paragliding session after a short briefing session. You'll land after 10-15 min of flight. You'll then be dropped off to the drop-off point. The trip ends here.
One tandem paragliding session and all equipment required for paragliding i.e. glider, helmet, safety harness etc. are all included in the package. Services of certified paragliding pilots and crew will be provided to ensure a safe and enjoyable flying experience. All applicable taxes are included.
Travel arrangements between home city and pick-up/drop-off point are not included. There will be a mandatory additional cost for transport from pick-up point to take off/landing site which will be about INR 1,200 per vehicle and will be shared by 5-6 travellers. Bring your own micro-SD card for transferring the video of your flight which will be at an additional cost of INR 500. The video will be shot by your instructor, subject to weather conditions.
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc. will be additional. Personal expenses such as apparel or gear, meals or beverages etc. are not included. Adventure travel or health insurance is not included. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.
The best season for Kamshet paragliding is from October to May. During these months, the skies are clear and the winds are strong. Paragliding does not happen in the monsoon season.
It should be noted that paragliding greatly depends on the weather conditions like wind speed, direction, etc. leading to some delays on the day of the flight.
A tandem flight is when a pilot and another person are locked together using a harness and both are connected to a glider. Simply put both are ‘flying in tandem”.
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Kamshet is located at a distance of 20 km from Lonavala. To reach there, you can either take a train or a bus, or you can drive your own car.
If you're coming from Pune, then you can take a local train to reach Kamshet. And if you're coming from Mumbai, then you can take a train to Lonavala and then take a local to Kamshet.
Kamshet is also connected to the two cities by road. There are many state and privately run bus services plying to Kamshet on a daily basis.
Driving your own car is also a good idea as the road is fun and scenic. Do note that if you're riding your motorcycle to Kamshet, then you have to use the old Mumbai-Goa highway as bikes are not allowed on the Mumbai-Pune expressway.
You don't need to wear any specialised clothing for the tandem flight. You can wear a full sleeve t-shirt paired with comfortable trousers/jeans. Remember to wear comfortable and sturdy hiking boots with ankle support.
The operator will provide all the technical equipment required for the paragliding trip so you don't need to carry much. However, remember to carry a bottle of water and some snacks as you might have to wait for a while for the right wind conditions.
If you're going for a paragliding course, then you have to either rent or buy all the paragliding equipment.
A basic amount of fitness is required for the Kamshet paragliding trip. You need to be older than 16 years and have a minimum weight of 45 kg. If you have spine-related issues or a history of blackouts, it is best to talk to a doctor before booking this trip.
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