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Shinde Wadi hills is famous among the Kamshet attractions as one of the best paragliding spots. However, it is also known for its ravishing sunrise and sunset view. One should surely visit this place early in the morning to get a look at the enthralling sunrise providing you with peace.
Traverse along with the bounties of Shinde wadi hills as the greenery and refreshing cool winds will make you fall in love with this spot. Places to visit in Kamshet are numerous yet this place will never disappoint you in any way. Spotted at a height of 200 feet, the hills will enchant you with the best experience of paragliding.
Location: 2 kilometers from Kamshet
Best Time: February-May and October-December
Charming you with its dense vegetation and plush surroundings, Bhandar Dongar is a hilltop that will leave you all hearts. Wondering still about what all will keep you entertained at this highly majestic place? Then know that it attracts people to go for a hike up the hill as well as paragliding.
Amidst all the tourist places in Kamshet Bhandara Dongar is a hilltop that will never fail to enchant your souls. Located near this hilly spot is a divine temple Sant Tukaram whose ancient and rustic presence adds up a heavenly bliss to this place.
Location: 23 kilometers from Kamshet
Best Time: February-May and October-December
These humongous and beautiful waterfalls will take your heart away. The Bhaje waterfalls are named after the most prominent Bhaje caves. Among the places to visit in Kamshet, these waterfalls are a perfect spot for one to relish in the lush greenery and the pristine water that falls down from the high rocky hills.
Giving you the vibes of a perfect cinematic location, this spot of Kamshet will be worth every penny to visit and relish in nature’s exotic beauty. One can hike up the hill or take a dive in the sea and if not then set up a camp beside the sound of gushing waterfalls and make your visit to the Bhaje Waterfalls the most memorable one.
Location: 13.2 kilometers from Kamshet
Best Time: During the months of monsoon from June till September
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Traveller Tales from Kamshet
14 August 2015
We had an amazing time here with all our friends and this was an exciting experience for all of us.
03 June 2019
"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
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 w
10 May 2015
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 famili...
12 October 2015
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
05 July 2014
Such an amazing experience of flying in Kamshet! Must appreciate the way it was carried out by the organisers. The guides were great and made me fear-free before the flight. And once I was in the air, ...
14 June 2017
A great experience! Worth a try for all nature lovers. The team is very helpful and the pilots are friendly and helpful too. Highly recommend a stay at the Nature's cabin which Thrillophilia books!
28 December 2018
"Well organized. Had to wait for a couple of hours and wait has paid off. Patience is must since it is dependent on weather. "
08 December 2018
I loved it. The pilot Ganesh, was very professional, knowledgable (aka, really knows his stuff), calm, reassuring, organized, and most of all its a total blast and a fun adventure! Temple Pilots al...
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There are many things to do in Kamshet and one of the adventure activities to do is Paragliding which pulls a large number of tourists. Click here to explore now
1. Paragliding In Kamshet - Book at Rs. 2300 Only
2. Rejuvenating Retreat at Iconic Farmhouse, Firdaus Baug - Book at Rs. 6042 Only
3. Lakeside Luxury Villa Experience at Le Farm - Book at Rs. 22,600 Only
4. Tandem Paragliding in Kamshet - Book at Rs. 2,999 Only
The Kamshet resorts by virtue of being located at a height of 2200 ft above sea level enjoy lovely and pleasant climatic conditions throughout the year. Here is the list is given below.
1. Hill Forest Resort - Starting from Rs. 2800/- onwards.
2. Treasure Island Resort - Starting from 2100/- onwards.
3. Emerald Resort - Starting from Rs. 5000/- onwards.
4. Ratnaa Resort - Starting from Rs. 5000/- onwards.
5. Govinda Resorts - Starting from Rs. 4000/- onwards.
Kamshet places to visit can be enjoyed for the major part of the year as the weather remains pleasant due to its altitude. Click here to discover more
1. Uksan Lake- 14 kilometers from Kamshet.
2. Shinde Wadi Hills - 2 kilometers from Kamshet.
3. Bedse Caves - 10 kilometers from Kamshet.
4. Kondeshwar Temple - 20 kilometers from Kamshet.
5. Bhandar Dongar - 23 kilometers from 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.
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.
Liquor is not available in most of the restaurants. You can however use soft drinks, as this is an adventurous sports spot, and drinking while taking a course is prohibited.
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.
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.
Kamshet is among the best places in India for paragliding. There are numerous companies that offer paragliding in the area. You can make your decision based on price, duration and type of paragliding in Kamshet. There are many options to choose from and you won’t be disappointed. Here is a list of the five best spots in Kamshet for paragliding
1. Shelat Site
2. Tower Hill
3. Lake View Site
4. Shinde Tekdi
5. Pavana Lake Site
1. This is a parasailers and paragliders haven, perfect for weekend getaways
2. The best time to get a view of this place is between October to February. Avoid travelling here in summer as the heat is too much, and you will not be able to enjoy the adventure sports.
3. You can reach Kamshet via air from Pune domestic airport or hire a taxi to reach here
4. You can also take a rail up to Lonavala and hire a taxi from there
5. If you take a bus, you can stop at this spot from the Pune- Mumbai bus route
6. Apart from hotels, you can also choose to stay at guesthouses, base camps, or cottages.
7. You can also choose to stay at the paragliding ashram which is an affordable accommodation for anyone.
8. There is no scope for any shopping sprees or activities at Kamshet
9. From Kamshet, you can also visit nearby places, like Lonavala, Bushi, Karnala, and Matheran
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
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.
The best road trips from Kamshet would be to one of the caves located nearby. You can also drive or bike to nearby hill stations such as Lonavala or Khandala. Here is a list of the places you can take a fantastic road trip too.
Lonavala - Located just 17 km away. It's a short driving distance but the views are breathtaking.
Khandala - Located 22 km away, the drive takes around 40 minutes and you can stop in Lonavala in your way back.
Bedsa Caves - Located 10 km away, the drive takes about 30 minutes. They are an ancient Buddhist sites and the architecture is truly remarkable.
Bhairi Caves - The drive takes around 90 minutes. Bear in mind, the caves are located on higher ground so make sure you are ready for the uphill drive.
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.
Kamshet is a small town, so it does not have its own airport. However, being on the trading route of many cities, it does have a well-connected railway and bus system. An MSRTC bus runs to Bhaja, Uskan, and Kamra from Kamshet.
The hills are dotted with ancient caves and temples that are a site of attraction to many tourists. These places can be easily visited on tuk-tuks or auto rickshaws. And if you are traveling in autos, then do bargain because they are likely to charge you twice the amount. You can even hire a taxi from the nearest city and visit Kamshet.
The waterfalls, shopping centers, hills, caves, and temples can be explored on a trip of 3D/2N. Being small, this city does not have many expeditions apart from its soul-awakening paragliding adventure. Paragliding would consume half a day, and the other half can be spent exploring lakes around the town and relishing the Maharashtrian cuisine from local shops in the streets.
The Bedsa and Bhaja Caves, Wadeshwar and Kondeshwar temples, and many daintier hill treks will take a day or two; even when you spend your time lousily. There is an abundance of exploration sites that are ideal for those who are adventurous and keen on the subjects of history and environment.
Paragliding is an umpteenth attraction of the town and is a must-do activity. It is not that expensive, and the natural terrain coupled with pleasant weather conditions make for a memorable experience for first-timers. The stunning forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Lonavala, and Torna are an exhilarating view from the sky.
Carla, Bedsa, and Bhaja Caves can be explored in one day. They contain ancient sculptures formulated in dancing positions and are as old as the 1st century. They are a popular attraction for history enthusiasts. You can also visit Wandeshwar, Kondeshwar, and Sangameshwar temples. These are the Hindu God Lord Shiva’s temples and attract devotees from all across India.
As said earlier, Kamshet is a decent and safe place for both families and friends, be it day or night. But if you are still sceptical, let’s dig deeper into the safety laws:
1. For women: This is a popular attraction due to its temples, and devotees come to get the blessings of Lord Shiva. Apart from menial and unfortunate incidents here and there, this is a safe place for women to visit.
2. For families: Families often come to Kamshet to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. There are very few, if any, incidents of indecent exposure and criminal activities with families.
3. For couples: Kamshet is, in fact, a popular weekend getaway destination for couples. There are OYO couple-friendly hotels that offer a hospitable service for families, friends, and couples equally. There are no problematic incidents when it comes to the safety of couples.
Be it cheap but scrumptious food in a dhaba or lavish retreats offered by luxurious restaurants, Kamshet has a little bit of both. If you are confused about where to eat without having to worry about hygiene, then here is a list of hospitable restaurants serving a Maharashtrian and multi-cuisine culinary experience:
1. Sunny da Dhaba: Experience the local dhaba-style lunch or dinner at Sunny da Dhaba. They have lip-smacking food particular to the Maharashtrian cuisine.
2. Trikaya Retreat: Resort-cum-restuarant, Trikaya Retreat has a magnificent interior with restaurants overlooking lush green landscapes.
3. Crème Della: If you are craving for dessert, Crème Della is where you should go. Their muffins, pies, cupcakes and other delicacies are a sweet-tooth tantaliser.
All of these places offer a repertoire much different from the other with local delicacies. If you want to explore the platter of the town, any of these places will not disappoint you.
To be honest, there is nothing much to do in Kamshet at night. However, there are packages to spend a night at a campsite by Pawana Lake. The package includes fishing, bonfire, star-gazing and experiencing what nature has to offer at surprisingly cheaper rates.
You can also spend your night camping by yourself by the Pawana Lake, or go night trekking if you seek an adrenaline rush and love looking at twinkling cities from atop a hill. Spend your night experiencing avant-garde dishes from the Maharashtrian cuisine. But other than that, Kamshet, being a secluded and holistic tourist destination, does not have much of a nightlife.