Have you ever wondered what's it like to be a bird soaring through the skies? If you have, then it is time for you to try paragliding in Lonavala. Paragliding is an extreme adventure sport that is perfect for adrenaline junkies. While paragliding, you'll get to experience the thrill of flying at an altitude of 2000 feet while enjoying magnificent views of the Western Ghats, with the various hills and valleys.
Paragliding happens in the small village of Kamshet, located at a distance of 20 km from Lonavala. The village is surrounded by Sahyadris, offering magnificent views. The area also has the perfect conditions for paragliding, including strong winds and clear skies. Kamshet is the perfect destination for paragliding in Lonavala.
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For paragliding in Lonavala, you have to get to Kamshet which is located at a distance of 20 km from Lonavala. You can either reach there by road or rails.
If you're coming from Pune by train, then you can take a direct local to Kamshet. And if you're coming from Mumbai by train, then you can take a train to Lonavala and then a local to Kamshet.
Kamshet and Lonavala are both connected to Pune and Mumbai via a network of state and privately run bus services on a daily basis.
You can even drive to Kamshet as the road is scenic and fun. If you're getting your own car, then you can use the Mumbai-Pune expressway. However, since motorcycles are not allowed on the expressway, you can take the old Mumbai-Goa highway if you're coming on a motorcycle.
The pick-up point for paragliding in Lonavala is Hotel Rangoli, located on the old Mumbai-Pune Highway (NH4). It is recommended that you opt for the pick-up instead of driving your own car to the take-off site as the road leading there is not well-maintained, and sometimes the take-off point may change due to weather conditions.
A tandem paragliding flight is perfect for those who want to experience the thrill of flying and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Sahyadris. You don't need any sort of technical skills or equipment to book these tandem flights. These flight sessions last for about 10-15 min and cost around INR 3000 per person. Do note that weekend rates are higher. You can even rent a GoPro for an additional cost of INR 1000 per flight to record your experience.
The tour operator puts safety as their top priority and does not compromise on it. For the tandem paragliding flights, an experienced pilot will control the paraglider. These pilots are well trained and can handle the paraglider in all sorts of conditions. Additionally, you will also be strapped in with high-quality gear which are double-checked by the pilot before beginning the session.
Apart from this, paragliding also greatly depends on the weather conditions, and if they are not perfect then the pilot will either wait for them to be suitable or cancel the flight. Under no circumstances will the pilot commence the flight if the wind is not proper.
Paragliding is an extreme sport and hence, it does involve some risk but as long as all the safety standards are met and the pilot's instructions are followed, the activity is quite safe.
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Day 1: Go paragliding in Lonavala
Day 1: Go paragliding in Lonavala
Today, you have to arrive at the designated pick-up point and meet the operator. They will then take you to the take-off site. There, you'll be briefed about the paragliding session and safety guidelines, after which you'll gear up and begin your flight. 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 like a glider, helmet, safety harness, etc. are included in the package. Additionally, the services of a certified pilot and crew will be provided to ensure a safe and enjoyable flying experience. All applicable taxes are also included.
Travel arrangements between your home city and pick-up/drop-off point are not included. There will be a mandatory additional cost of transport from pick-up point to take-off point and back for an additional cost of INR 1200 per vehicle that can be shared by 5-6 travellers. You can also rent a GoPro for recording your flight for an additional cost of INR 500 per flight. This will be shot by the instructor, subject to weather conditions.
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities, etc. will be additional. The package does not include any kind of personal expenses such as apparel, gear, meals, beverages, etc. The price also doesn't include adventure travel or health insurance, or anything not mentioned in the inclusions.
From October to May is the best time for paragliding in Pune. During these months, the winds are strong and the skies are clear, ensuring best conditions for paragliding. During the month of monsoon, paragliding does not happen.
Additionally, paragliding is a weather dependent activity. The wind direction, speed and overcast determines whether paragliding will happen or not. If the conditions are not right, then the flight may get delayed or cancelled.
Definitely! The tandem flight is meant for those who have never done paragliding before. You get to fly with an instructor who will pilot the paraglide, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the instructions. And if you enjoy this experience, then you can sign up for a 3-4 day paragliding course.
Paragliding happens in the small village of Kamshet which is located at a distance of 20 km from Lonavala. To reach there, you can either take a train or a bus or drive your own car.
If you're coming from Pune, then you can board a local train directly to Kamshet. For travellers from Mumbai, you can take a train to Lonavala and then a local to Kamshet.
Kamshet is also connected to the two cities by road with many state and privately run bus services on a daily basis.
You may even drive your own car since the road is fun and scenic. However, do note that if you are bringing your motorcycle, then you have to use the old Mumbai-Goa highway as motorcycles are not allowed on the Mumbai-Pune expressway.
For paragliding, you don't need to wear any specialised clothing. So stick to full sleeve t-shirts paired with comfortable trousers or jeans. Remember to wear sturdy boots, preferably with ankle support.
For paragliding in Lonavala, the operator will provide you with all the technical equipment so you don't have to worry about that. However, do carry a water bottle and some snacks as you might have to wait for a while for the right wind conditions.
If you're doing a paragliding course, then you have to either buy or rent the paragliding equipment.
A basic amount of fitness is required for paragliding in Lonavala. You need to be older than 16 years and have a minimum weight of 45 kg. You should check with your doctor if you have a history of blackouts or any spine-related injuries.
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