Prepare to get mesmerized by the views of the Sahyadri hills as you soar through the skies of Mumbai with the wind in your hair on this paragliding adventure.
Do you want to fly like a bird and enjoy breathtaking views of the Sahyadris from the sky? Then paragliding in Mumbai is the perfect trip for you. Paragliding, an extreme adventure sport, is perfect for adrenaline junkies.
While paragliding, you get to enjoy the magnificent landscape dotted here and there with lakes, rivers and railway tracks running across from one side to the other, and the Western Ghats on the horizon.
These paragliding packages include all the equipment and services of an experienced pilot. Apart from these, the flights last for 10 to 15 min, taking you to a height of 2000 feet in the sky. The packages for tandem paragliding in Mumbai cost around INR 3000 per person on a weekday and go up over the weekends. For an additional cost of INR 1000 per flight, you can rent a GoPro from the operator to record your flight.
Paragliding in Mumbai takes place near the small village of Kamshet, located 110 km from Mumbai. It is located within the Western Ghats, offering mesmerizing views and perfect weather conditions for paragliding.
You can get to Kamshet by road or by rail. If you prefer rail, then you can take a train to Lonavala, and then take a local to Kamshet from there. Kamshet is also connected to Mumbai by many state and privately run bus services. These buses run on a daily basis.
If you want, you can even bring your own car via the Mumbai-Pune expressway. And if you're getting your own bike, then take the old Mumbai-Pune highway (NH4) as two wheelers are not allowed on the expressway.
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The pick-up point for paragliding in Mumbai is Hotel Rangoli, located on the Old Mumbai-Pune highway (NH4), just before Kamshet. The hotel is on the right side of the highway when you are coming from Mumbai. Here, you'll meet the operator who will take you to the take-off point.
Although many travellers prefer to take their own car to the take-off point, it is recommended that you opt for the pick-up for two reasons. First, the road leading up to the take-off point is not well-maintained, and can be a pain to drive on. Second, the take-off point sometimes vary due to weather conditions.
During your tandem flights, you will be accompanied by a certified, experienced pilot who will handle the paraglider. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the thrilling flight. Additionally, you'll be strapped in with good quality gear, which will be double checked by the pilot before the take off.
Apart from this, paragliding is a weather dependant activity. If the conditions are not favourable, with the winds being too strong or weak, or flowing in the wrong direction, then the pilot will hold-off the take off until these conditions are right. Under no circumstances will the pilot take off if they think the conditions aren't the safest.
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You have to report at the pick-up point where you’ll meet the operator. You’ll then be taken to the take-off point where you’ll be briefed about the activity. You’ll then get strapped in and take off. Post paragliding, you’ll be dropped off at the drop-off point where the trip ends.
The package cost includes one tandem paragliding session and all the equipment required for the same including paraglider, helmet, safety harness, etc. The price also includes the services of an experienced pilot and crew to ensure a safe and enjoyable flight. All applicable taxes are also included.
Travel arrangements between your home-city and the pick-up/drop-off point are not included in the package. An additional cost of INR 1200 per vehicle (5-6 people) is required if you opt for transport from pick-up point to the take-off site and back. For an additional cost of INR 500 per person, you can also rent a GoPro to record your paragliding session. This will be shot by the pilot, subject to weather conditions.
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, strikes, etc. have to be borne by the travellers. Personal expenses like extra meals, beverages, gear, apparel, etc. are not included in the package. Any kind of insurance is not included in the package along with anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions.
The best time to go paragliding in Mumbai is from the months of October to May. During these months, the winds are strong and the skies clear. Do note that paragliding does not happen in the monsoon season.
Apart from this, paragliding greatly depends on various weather conditions like wind speed and direction, etc. which may lead to some delays on the day of the tandem flight.
Paragliding in Mumbai is a once in a lifetime experience, offering you breathtaking views of the Western Ghats worth capturing in your cameras. But due to safety concerns, cameras are not allowed while paragliding as they might fall and hurt someone on the ground.
However, you can take your own action camera that can be strapped into your hand or helmet.
The tour operator also provides you with an option to rent a GoPro for an additional cost of INR 1000 per flight.
Paragliding flights depend a lot on the weather conditions like wind speed and direction, overcast, etc. If these conditions are not right, then the paragliding flight will either get delayed or cancelled.
If the tandem flight gets cancelled by the operator then you will receive a full refund.
As with all extreme adventure sports, paragliding too has some amount of risk attached to it. However, as long as the safety standards are met and the participant follows the pilot's instructions, it is a relatively safe activity.
Apart from this, paragliders are piloted by experienced pilots who can manage the paraglider in various conditions. You will also be strapped in with high-quality gear, and this will be double-checked by the pilot before taking off.
Weather also affects the flight, hence, if the pilot thinks the weather conditions are not suitable, then they will either wait for them to be right or cancel the flight - to ensure maximum safety.
Under no circumstances will the pilot as well as the tour operator continue with the flight if it compromises the safety of you and the pilot.
A certified pilot controls the paraglider and brings it to the ground. The landing is easy and only requires you to walk or run slowly once your feet touch the ground. These landings are generally soft and steady, but to ensure maximum safety, it is recommended that you wear sturdy shoes with ankle support.
Also, if you have a history of back-injury, then it is a good idea to consult your doctor before booking the paragliding in Mumbai trip.
Yes, the tandem flights are perfect for beginners who want to experience the thrill of soaring through the skies. For the flight, you will be accompanied by a pilot who will control the paraglider. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the flight.
Paragliding in Mumbai takes you to an altitude of 2000 feet, treating you to magnificent views of the Western Ghats. Typically, these flight sessions last for about 10 to 15 min, beginning on a hill and ending in the plains.
Kamshet is 110 km from Mumbai, connected by road as well as rail. If you are coming by train, then you can take a train to Lonavala and then take a local to Kamshet.
You can even board a bus from Mumbai to Kamshet. There are many state as well as privately run bus services between Mumbai and Kamshet.
If you want to drive your own car, then you can come via the Mumbai-Pune expressway, and if you are coming on your own bike, then you can take the old Mumbai-Pune highway (NH4). Do note that bikes are not allowed on the expressway.
For paragliding in Mumbai, you only need to wear basic clothes like full sleeve t-shirts paired with comfortable pants. Sometimes, the landing can be a bit rough, requiring you to run slowly while landing. Hence, it is suggested that you wear quality shoes with ample ankle support.
The paragliding in Mumbai package includes all the technical equipment required for paragliding. So you don't need to worry about that. However, do remember to carry a bottle of water and some snacks as you might have to wait for a while for the right wind conditions.
For paragliding in Mumbai, basic fitness is required. The minimum age for paragliding is 16 years and you must be over 45 kg. It is also a good idea to consult your doctor if you have any spine-related injuries or a history of blackouts.
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