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Kamshet also known as the paragliding capital of India is located in the state of Maharashtra. It is 45 km from Pune, 16 km from Lonavala and Khandala, and 110 km from Mumbai. Surrounded by the Western Ghats and decked with Sahyadri Ranges' beauty, Kamshet is a fairyland with rich flora and fauna. It has a quaint vibe coupled with a rich cultural heritage, and you will get enchanted with its ever-captivating beauty.

The gurgling waterfalls, monasteries, beautiful temples, and magnanimous hills are an emblem for serenity. It is a paragliding paradise that has been featured in the top ten must visit destinations of India for an enthralling expedition. Hence, it is dotted with many flying and paragliding schools. Kamshet is one of the best paragliding spots in India owing to its perfect weather and highly suitable topography. There are some of the best paragliding spots here like Shinde Wadi Hills, Tower Hill, Shelar and Kondeshwar Cliff.

It is also blessed with Buddhist caves having sculptures and images of Lord Buddha. Some of the most picturesque lakes, such as Pawna Lake and Uksan Lake that offer a blissful escape from the fast-paced city life are also here. Begin your heritage exploration by visiting Tikona Fort, Lohagad Fort, and Visapur Fort, a testament to the rich past of this city. Kamshet is a hub for parasailing and you can try here acro tandem to instructional tandem and joy tandem. You can also pitch your tent at Pawna Lake to witness the sparkling night sky and learn about the local culture.

Enjoy a trekking expedition at Visapur fort and enjoy zip-lining at Pawna Lake. Take part in cave Exploration at Bhairi caves and Bedse caves that are situated on the high rocks of Kamshet. Or simply relish the local food and world-class cuisines at some of the best restaurants and dhabas. Kamshet experiences a tropical climate with warm summers and cool winters. The summers start from March and extend till the end of April. During the summers, it experiences high humidity, and hence this season might feel uncomfortable visiting the town.
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14 August 2015
Excellent
We had an amazing time here with all our friends and this was an exciting experience for all of us.
Excellent
"that was really a thrilling experience.. we, a group of 6 members experienced this activity for the first time to the fullest. "
15 November 2015
Excellent
It was my life long desire to experience this crazy paragliding and finally i had the fortune do this in kamshet, one of the most popular Paragliding destinations in India. This short Ariel adventure will definitely stole your hearts.
10 May 2015
Excellent
I was very scared to take this initially, but at first, we started training on flat ground. After this we met our course mates, instructors. The instructors taught us about equipments and we got familiar with the equipment, glider controls under their supervision. I was happy that I got personal attention to help. The training was complimented with Ground School classes to understand relevant concepts. This was boring but useful. Also participating in a Training Simulator session was done to ease oneself to acquire flying skills. In short, it was an amazing experience that I recommend all to take. I graduated level 1 and I will join level 2 next week.
12 October 2015
Excellent
Must to do activity!!! I recommend paragliding to every adventure lover. It gives you a thrilling experience. The views from top is amazing, moreover it feels awesome when you start coming down on the grounds.
13 March 2020
Excellent
Paragliding was on my list from a long time and finally, Thrillophilia gave me the opportunity to do in my budget. The guide was a very knowledgeable person and gave us proper information about it. The experience was craziest and I yelled very much. true experience and you can't afford to miss this, must try.
07 March 2019
Excellent
This was my first time paragliding with my friends and it was a great experience the view was very beautiful. We take many pictures from the top. The guide was good I never forgot this experience.
02 March 2019
Excellent
It was an amazing experience. The view from starting was superb, the guide was very helpful and professional he managed everything properly I enjoy this adventure a lot. Recommended for you.
06 March 2020
Excellent
It was a unique experience, I glide for the first time but worth doing it. The instructor was good and guided us well regarding the whole activity. You must listen to that so that it will be safe as well as you can enjoy it. This place is very beautiful and you can feel the calmness right from the starting of paragliding, overall it was an awesome
14 March 2020
Excellent
Very beautiful place and must be doing paragliding to view the best scenery. I get the experienced guide who will help me completely to have the best moments in the air. I will definitely try this once again.

People Also Ask About Kamshet

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Kamshet?

    1. Pawna Lake: This is an artificial lake that stands out for its enchanting landscape and crystal clear water. The lake is located on the Pawna Dam and includes historically significant forts such as Tikona Fort, Lohagad Fort, Visapur Fort, and Tung Fort. It is surrounded by lush green trees and high towering hills, making it an absolute paradise for nature lovers. The lake is an ideal spot for camping, rappelling, zip-lining, and fishing. Many birds migrate here from June to August, making it a must-visit spot for birdwatching enthusiasts.
     
    - Location: Pawna Lake, Lonavala, Maharashtra

    2. Bhairi Caves: This beautiful cave is situated on the high rocks of Kamshet and is renowned for animal sacrificing that still takes place here. It is surrounded by twin forts of Shrivardhan, Rajmachi, and Manoranjan. You can spot a few utensils inside the cave, and it is believed that whosoever tries to steal them is punished by God and is thrown in the adjacent valley. You can reach the cave by hiking through rocky terrain. You will be rewarded with spell-binding and majestic views after reaching the cave.

    - Location: Sahyadris, Kamshet, Maharashtra

    3. Bhandar Dongar: Surrounded by plush and dense surroundings, Bhandar Dongar is a picturesque retreat for nature lovers. It is one of the most popular paragliding destinations in Maharashtra, with perfect gliding conditions and less sloppy terrains. Many flying schools are also located here where you can learn about the skills of paragliding. It is also known as Temple Hill as it houses an ancient temple Sant Tukaram whose rustic presence adds up to the heavenly allure of this place.

    - Location: 33kms from Kamshet

    4. Ekvira: This ancient temple was constructed in the second century and is renowned for its breathtaking architecture and brilliant design. It is a revered site for the fishermen tribe of the Koli region. The temple is dedicated to goddess Ekvira and can be reached after ascending five hundred steps. You can learn about the Buddhist culture at this temple. On festive occasions like Chaitra and Navratri, the temple is frequented by devotees from all around the world.

    - Location: 23kms from Kamshet
    - Timing: 5 am to 12 pm & 4 pm to 9 pm

    5. Andra Valley Dam: Andra Valley Dam is a historical landmark renowned for its appealing beauty and serene charm. It is one of the most picturesque destinations in Kamshet, where you can soak in the blissful views, admire the calm water and palm trees, and witness the magical sunset and sunrise. This humongous dam is located on the Andra river and is a great place for people to enjoy a leisurely stroll and relax and unwind. 
     
    - Location: Pune, 412106, Maharashtra
     
     
    6. Kondeshwar Temple: This temple is located amidst a dense forest and can be reached after a rocky hike. It exhibits the Hemadpanti style of architecture and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.  Constructed using black stones and floral motifs, this temple never fails to astonish the visitors with its alluring beauty. There are several other shrines located in the vicinity, making it a spiritual abode for the devotees. You can enjoy a splendid view of the cascading waterfall and a pond from this temple.

    - Location: Badlapur, Maharashtra
    - Timing: Every day 5 am- 12 pm, 4 pm- 9 pm

    7. Uksan Lake: If you're looking for a blissful and peaceful escape from the humdrum of city life, Uksan Lake should be your ideal destination. It is surrounded by lush green forests and magnanimous hills, making it an ethereal site for the visitors. You can enjoy hiking, night camping, swimming, and rock climbing. You can also sit by the beautiful lake and hear the water rustling, or you can enjoy barbeque while soaking in the spell-binding views. 

    - Location:
    14kms from Kamshet
     
     
    8. Bhaje Waterfalls: These humongous waterfalls have been named after the Bhaje caves. You can hike up the hill, take a dive in the sea or set up a camp beside the gushing waterfalls. You have to take a steep walk of thirty minutes to reach this waterfall from Bhaje Village. It is also considered to be an ideal site for rappelling and swimming.

    - Location: Bhaje Caves Road, Khandala, Lonavala 412106 India
  2. Which are the best things to do in Kamshet?

    1. Raise your adrenaline level by enjoying paragliding: Enjoy the breathtaking view of the crystal clear lake and tall mountains as you enjoy paragliding at the Pawna Lake. Shade Hills is also the perfect take-off point for paragliding in Kamshet as it offers the perfect height to take a leap in the blue sky.

    2. Seek divinity at Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple: One of the best things to do in Kamshet is seeking enlightenment and bliss at Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple that is a spiritual abode for the visitors. Followers of different faith gather here to pray, perform rituals, sacrifice, or seek enlightenment. It has been built by combining traditional designs with contemporary and modern art. Many illustrations in the temple show the escape from temptation to attaining the divine.

    - Location: Nine kilometers from Kamshet
    - Timing: 5: 30 AM- 9:30 pm

    3. Know about the intriguing past of the royal dynasty at Visapur fort: Whether you wish to know about the past or gain a new appreciation of the future and the present, you should definitely visit Visapur fort. This hillfort is situated near Visapur village and is a popular excursion site amongst nature lovers and adventure mongers. In the ancient era, the kings used to reside in this fort, and now it is in a ruined condition. You can enjoy the spellbinding view of the lush green surroundings or enjoy trekking in the challenging and steep terrains.

    - Location: 7 km south of Malavali Station, Pune India

    4. Shop your favorite items at the local markets: If you're a shopping enthusiast, you're in for a treat at Kamshet as it has many local markets from where you can buy everything under the sun at the best prices. You can buy everything you want over here, from garments to shoes and jewelry to cosmetics and electronics. These markets also have many eateries where you can enjoy lip-smacking delicacies.

    - Location: Kamshet, Maharashtra, Goa

    5. Cave Exploration: Your trip to Kamshet is incomplete if you don't visit Buddhist Bedse Caves that are renowned for their damp, dark, and mystic allure. It is a national heritage site that has been rock cut by the Buddhists. These caves are two thousand three hundred years old and have four 25-feet high pillars. As you enter these caves, you will witness a temple with beautiful carvings of horses, elephants, etc., on the walls. The caves also house a monastery that has a beautifully carved pillar arch and ceiling.

    - Location: 8-10 Km From Rautwadi, Pune.

    6. Enjoy camping at Pawna Lake: Gasp at the star-studded sky by pitching your tent alongside Pawna Lake that is an ideal camping site in Kamshet. The lake is surrounded by lush green valleys and magnanimous hills, making it an absolute haven for nature lovers. It has many campsites that are equipped with all the modern amenities like a music system, mattress, etc. You can also interact with the locals and know more about their culture while camping here.

    - Location: Pawna Lake, Lonavala, Maharashtra

    7. Enjoy mouth-watering delicacies at the restaurants: If you're a foodaholic, you must enjoy a feast at the popular restaurants in Kamshet renowned for their lively ambiance and alluring setting. Trikaya Retreat and PNF Restaurant & Bar are the popular food halts where you can enjoy local as well as international cuisines. On the weekends, you can also enjoy musical shows and dance performances at these restaurants to amplify your mood.
  3. What are the best adventure activities to do in Kamshet?

    1. Paragliding: Pump up your adrenaline level as you enjoy paragliding at Bhandara Dongar that is renowned for its lush green surroundings. A two-seater plane takes you high up in the sky from where you can enjoy your paragliding flight with an instructor. The short flight is usually for five to six minutes, depending on weather conditions. While paragliding, you'll witness the spellbinding view of Sahyadri Ranges, and you'll feel the cool breeze brushing against the gliders.

    2. Trek to Tikona Fort: One of the most adventurous activities you can enjoy in Kamshet is trekking through the rocky and steep terrains to reach Tikona Fort. After reaching the top of the fort, you'll witness the breathtaking view of Kothaligad, Pawana dam, and the beautiful valley.

    3. Hot Air Balloon Safari: Get ready for unlimited thrill and adventure as you enjoy a hot air balloon safari over the Sahyadri ranges. You can embrace the beauty of the lush green valleys and witness the beautiful birds flying along with you.

    4. Enjoy zip-lining at Pawna Lake: If you wish to experience scenic views while zipping past with a top view, zip-lining at Pawna Lake should be the perfect activity for you. You can have an aerial tour of the deodar forests and dense valleys while enjoying this activity.
  4. What is kamshet known for?

    1. Paragliding: Kamshet is one of the popular sites where you can enjoy paragliding in its entirety.

    2. Caves: Kamshet is home to many beautiful caves such as Bhedsa and Bhairi.

    3. Pawna Lake: This is a man-made lake known for its brilliant backdrop and crystal clear water.

    4. Misal Paav: This is a popular dish consisting of misal and pav.

    5. Sri Durga Parameshwari Temple: This is an ancient temple renowned for its architecture and design.
  5. How far is kamshet from Mumbai?

    Kamshet is around 80 km from Mumbai. The road distance is around 105.2 km. It will take approximately two hours to reach Kamshet via Bangalore - Mumbai Highway.
  6. What is the best time to visit Kamshet?

    1. Kamshet during winters (December – February)

    Temperature: 28 – 5 degrees Celsius

    Winter is the best time to visit Kamshet. The heat from the sun is soft on the skin and sight-seeing becomes easier. At night, however, the temperature can drop to as low as 5 degrees Celsius. So it is advisable to carry warm sweaters and jackets.

    2. Kamshet during summer (March-May)

    Temperature:
    28 – 36 degrees Celsius

    Kamshet can be visited during summers if you are willing to bear with the sun. The scorching heat can cause dehydration and tanning, so carry sunglasses, hats, sun-screen and a bottle of water with you. The nights are pleasant and perfect for star-gazing.

    3. Kamshet during monsoon (June – October)

    Temperature: 21 – 27 degrees Celsius

    Since paragliding is an umpteenth attraction of the place, it is advisable to not visit Kamshet during monsoon. There are chances of a hailstorm, and the unpredictable rain schedule might interrupt your sight-seeing itinerary.

  7. How to reach Kamshet?

    Kamshet can be accessed by air, train and road/self drive.

    Air:
    The nearest airport is Pune located at a distance of 55 Km from Kamshet. All major domestic airlines have direct flights to Pune from many major cities in India. Once you exit the airport, you can take a bus, taxi or train to Kamshet.

    Train:
    The closest railway station to Kamshet is in Lonavala. The Lonavala station is connected to all major Indian cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Cochin, Bangalore, etc. Once you exit the station, hire a local cab as Kamshet is only 17Km away.

    Road:
    You can either take one of the state run buses from Pune to Kamshet, or even drive. Kamshet is connected via highway to Pune as well as Mumbai.

  8. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Kamshet?

    The only public transport available in Kamshet are the private cabs. You can hire them on a daily basis, they may even give you packages that will include visits to various tourist spots in and around Kamshet.

  9. Which are the best places for shopping in Kamshet?

    Kamshet, being a small city, does not have malls or shopping centres. People usually visit the place for its caves and paragliding adventure. However, there are a lot of local shops selling goods and services traditional to the culture of Maharashtra. There are places around Kamshet for shopping that are a bounty for trinkets and souvenirs. Some of these places include:

    1. Sachin Bhate: 
    Sachin Bhate is a shopping centre in Hinjewadi, about 30 km from Kamshet. The place offers traditional sarees and key chains that can be bought as gifts for your family and friends.

    2. Styleyara: 
    Styleyara, situated in Chinchwad Gaon, is a drive of 25 km from Kamshet. They have a variety of Kurtis, salwar suits, sarees, and western clothes in their repertoire.

    3. Rohini Collection: 
    Rohini Collection, too, is situated in Chinchwad Gaon and sells clothes. Their collection of clothes is not only restricted to females but also includes kid’s clothes and male clothes.

  10. Which are the famous caves to visit in Kamshet?

    There are many famous caves near Kamshet.

    1. Bedsa Caves: The caves are located in the Maval Taluka district. The caves can be traced as far back as the 1st century BC and there is evidence of regular maintenance of the caves until 1861 by the local authorities and the Britishers.


    2. Bhairi Caves: The caves are famous for animal sacrifices that take place even today. They are situated on high rocks in Kamshet. Folklore suggests that if you try to steal from the caves specifically the utensils present there, one will have to face the wrath of God Bhairi.

    3. Bhaje Caves: The caves are located near Lonavala. These are Buddhist caves and are believed to belong to the Hinayana Buddhist period. When visiting the caves you can also visit the Lohagad and Visapur Forts. The best way to travel to these caves would be by hiring a private cab. You can also drive to their location if you have your own car or bike. You can get easy direction using google maps
  11. Which are the famous pilgrimage places in Kamshet?

    There are many famous Pilgrimage places in Kamshet.

    1. Bhairavnath Temple: The temple is located in Rajmachi. The architecture of the temple is similar to that of other Shiva temples in the Konkan Region.


    2. Shree Narayani Dham Temple: Situated close to lonavala market/highway. A very nice and calm place. Temple is very beautiful,  specially the idol of deity narayani.

    3. Kondeshwar Temple: The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It's a great place for a family picnic and there is a pond and waterfall in the vicinity.
  12. Is it safe to travel to Kamshet?

    Yes, Kamshet is a safe place to visit with friends and families. Even during paragliding, if you are not skilled enough, you are tethered to a pilot for your safety at some organizations.  At night, it is safe to walk on the streets without any hassle. However, just to be on the safe side, carry pepper-spray with you wherever you go.