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 Location: Near Pune

A beautiful hill station near Pune, Kamshet is popular for being a paraglider’s paradise.

Kamshet is located in Pune district in the state of Maharashtra. It is 45 km from Pune. The area around Kamshet is surrounded by picturesque scenery. There are many small villages around that are still built in the traditional style using mud, thatch and reeds which gives a rustic appeal to the place. Kamshet is surrounded by paddy and sunflower fields, and guarded by hills. The serene lakes enhance its beauty. It’s a great getaway from the busy urban life. The lush green cover, placid lakes and undulating terrains, make it a perfect place for a holiday.

Kamshet is called “paragliders’ paradise”. There are  world class paragliding facilities which attract a great number of flying sport enthusiasts. There are 2 Paragliding Sites at Kamshet. One is Tower hill for hand gliding and 8 km from the highway, there is Shelar offering ideal conditions for soaring and thermal paragliding. Here, one can take off from a height of 175 feet above ground level. Even if you do not have experience of flying, don’t be disheartened. You can fly with an experienced instructor will ensure the thrill as well as safety.

Another site for hardcore paragliding enthusiasts is Kondeshwar Cliff 20 km from Kamshet. Take off height is a whopping 2200 feet from where one can enjoy the beautiful scenery gliding down. Kamshet is ideal for ridge and thermal soaring and is suitable for basic, intermediate and cross-country paragliding expeditions.

The amazing hilly terrains of Kamshet have many ancient caves which display the artistic and cultural heritage of the region. These caves are Buddhist caves with sculptures and images of Buddha.

Kamshet has pleasant winters and warm summers. October to May is the best time to visit.

Monsoon is also good time to visit as the place is covered in green. But, paragliding activity comes to a stop during monsoon because of strong winds.

Facilities

  • Places to stay in Kamshet are limited.
  • Tourists generally prefer to stay at Lonavla and Khandala and visit Kamshet for purely adventurous pursuits.
  • Resorts and paragliding tour operators also offer comfortable options to stay.
  • Some tour operators offer dormitories and tents at nominal rates.
  • Kamshet doesn’t offer much in terms of options to eat. Roadside restaurants in Kamshet offer basic food with limited variety.

Things to do

  • Karla Caves : These caves date back to the 3rd century. They were built by Buddhist monks. Karla Caves are located close to Lonavala, and is a popular tourist destination.
  • Bedsa Caves : These caves are said to be built in 1st century. The caves are famous for sculptures of animals and dancing figure.
  • Bhaja Caves : Bhaja Caves are a group of 18 rock-cut caves built around 200 B.C. The major attraction is the 14 stupas, of which five are inside and nine outside. These caves house some splendid sculptures. Near the last cave there is the monsoon waterfall, which is a tourist attraction.
  • Kondeshwar Temple : is an ancient elephant temple located at Pohara near to Kamshet. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple offers of  the dense forest. all around. Thousands of Hindu devotees come to visit this temple at the time of Mahashivaratri.
  • Vadivali Lake : is at an altitude of 2200 ft above sealevel. It is an artificially created lake due to the backwaters of the Uksan Dam. Vadivali is home to many bird species.

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