Ever wanted to soar through the skies with the wind in your hair and enjoy a bird's eye view of mountains and valleys? Then this paragliding in Pune is the perfect trip for you. Even if you're a beginner, you can book this tandem paragliding in Pune and feel the thrill of flying in the air at an altitude of 2000 feet. And as you fly, you'll be treated to the magnificent views of Sahyadris, along with various lakes dotting the landscape, and rivers and tracks cutting across the same.
Paragliding in Pune takes place at Kamshet, a small village in the Western Ghats, 45 km from Pune. It is the perfect destination for paragliding due to the gorgeous landscape that surrounds the village, along with perfect weather conditions allowing stable flights.
Paragliding in Pune is open from October to May, and a tandem paragliding package costs around INR 3000 per person. This price includes the services of an experienced pilot and all paragliding equipment. For an additional cost of INR 1000 per person, you can even hire a GoPro to record your thrilling flight.
For paragliding in Pune, you have to arrive at the pick-up point from where you are taken to the take-off point atop a hill. There, you get strapped in with the pilot to the paraglider and take off. These flights last for about 10 to 15 min, depending on wind conditions, and end in the plains. From there, you will be taken to the drop-off point.
For paragliding in Pune, you have to reach the small village of Kamshet that is located at a distance of 45 km from the city. To get there, you can either reach by rail or road.
If you're coming by train, then you can take a local directly from Pune to Kamshet. You can even use one of the many bus services that run between Pune and Kamshet.
If you want, you can even bring your car as the drive is scenic and fun. Take the old Mumbai-Pune highway to reach Kamshet.
Although many might prefer taking their car up to the take-off point, it is recommended that you opt for a pick-up as the road leading up to the take-off point is rough and cumbersome.
If you do opt for the pick-up, then you have to report to Hotel Rangoli on the old Mumbai-Pune highway at the given time where you'll meet the operator. The hotel, while coming from Pune, lies on the left side of the highway.
Paragliding is an extreme adventure sport, and hence has some risk involved. But it is a safe activity if all the safety guidelines are met and the participant follows all the pilot's instructions.
Additionally, before taking off, you will be strapped in to the paraglider with high quality gear and the pilot will double check everything to make sure you are secure. And if the pilot thinks that the weather conditions are not right, then they will either postpone or cancel the flight. The tour operators hold safety as their top priority, and do not compromise it under any circumstances.
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Day 1: Go Paragliding in Kamshet
Day 1: Go Paragliding in Kamshet
Report at the pick-up point and meet the operator who will then take you to the take-off point. There, you will be briefed about the activity and get strapped in to the paraglider. You'll then begin your paragliding session. After the session, you will be dropped off to the drop point. The trip ends here.
The package for paragliding in Pune includes one tandem paragliding session along with all the equipment required for the same, i.e. glider, helmet, safety harness, etc. Services of a certified pilot and crew are also included in the package, ensuring a safe and comfortable flying experience. The package also includes all applicable taxes.
The package does not include any kind of transportation between your home-city and pick-up/drop-off point. If you opt for transport from pick-up point to the take-off point and back, then you have to pay an additional cost of INR 1,200 per vehicle that can accommodate 5-6 people. You can even rent a GoPro to record your flight for an additional cost of INR 500 per flight. The same is shot by the pilot, subject to weather conditions.
The package does not include any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, strikes, etc. It neither includes any personal expenses like extra meals, beverages, apparel, gear, etc. No adventure travel or health insurance are provided either. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be at an additional cost.
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.
Paragliding in Pune happens in a small village of Kamshet, located 45 km from Pune. You can either reach there by road or by train. If you are coming by train, then you can take a local directly to Kamshet.If you want to come by road, then you can either board a bus to Kamshet which run on regular basis or drive your own car. If you're bringing your own car, then you can use the old Mumbai-Pune highway to reach Kamshet.
For paragliding in Pune, you don't need any specialised clothing. So stick to full sleeve t-shirt and comfortable pants. It is also recommended that you wear comfortable, sturdy shoes with ankle support.
The tour operator will provide all the paragliding equipment for the flight. So you only need to carry personal essentials for the flight, especially a bottle of water and some snacks as you might have to wait for a while for the right wind conditions.
For paragliding in Kamshet, only basic levels of fitness is required. You need to be over 16 years of age and have a minimum weight of 45 kg. It is also recommended that you talk to your doctor if you have any spine-related issues.
Yes, tandem paragliding flights are perfectly suitable for beginners as they require no prior paragliding experience. Additionally, you will be accompanied by a certified pilot who will control the paraglider.
Just like every other extreme adventure sports, paragliding too has some sort of risk attached to it. But it is a relatively safe activity as long as all the safety guidelines are met.
Additionally, the pilot will make sure you are strapped in properly and check all the equipment before starting the flight. And if they deem the weather conditions unsuitable for the flight, then they will either cancel or postpone the flight. Under no circumstances will you take off if the weather conditions are not favourable.
A certified pilot controls the paraglider. The landing is generally easy, requiring you to walk or run slowly as you touch down. These landings are usually soft and steady but as a safety precaution, it is recommended that you wear shoes that provide ankle support.
Paragliding flights greatly depend on the weather being right, i.e. stable winds flowing in the right direction, no overcast, etc. If these conditions are not there, then the tour operator will either wait for them to be right or cancel the flight altogether.
If the tour operator cancels the flight due to this reason, then a full refund will be given to you.
Paragliding over the gorgeous landscape of the Western Ghats is an experience of a lifetime that needs to be captured in camera. But due to safety concerns, taking your own DSLR, digital camera or phone while flying is not allowed. However, you can take your action camera with you which needs to be strapped either to your helmet or hands.At an additional cost of INR 1000 per person, you can even rent a GoPro from the operator to record your flight.