We all dream of spreading our wings and flying across the sky. While literally getting wings is not really possible, but what you can do is paraglide to get the same thrill. A paraglider has a comfortable seat attached to a wing-type framework of cloth, which is woven around the supporting frame in such a way that the space between the two layers of fabrics is inflated naturally. The seat comes with brakes and speed control levers to allow easy steering of the flight. Once the paraglider is launched into the air feel the adrenaline rush and thrill of flying. A great place to enjoy this thrilling ride in India is in Kamshet, which lies in the state of Maharashtra. Paragliding in Kamshet is gaining huge popularity and if you are planning to come here on a vacation, then you may give it a try. If you do not know how to control your glider, you may take training offered by local paragliding schools.
These schools are run by professionals, of whom many are flown in from overseas, where this adventure sport is extremely popular. These experts maintain a high safety record and combine it with years of practice to provide you an excellent experience of tandem paragliding in Kamshet. There is no particular age limit and mandatory expertise to engage in this amazing sport, so even children can have fun doing it after proper training.
While in the air, do click snaps of the landscape below to keep them as wonderful memories from this flying expedition.
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Weekend Price (Saturday/Sunday): Rs. 3000
Duration: 1 Hour
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Best Time to go: October to April
Transport Cost to reach the site : 1000/- per way
(This cost can be shared if other participants are also available. Cost directly payable ons pot. )
Kamshet town was originally named Karmakshetra, which means the land of your actions. This small town is located off the erstwhile National Highway 4, which connects Mumbai and Pune. The road is dotted with hills, which house many medieval Buddhist cave temples and act as excellent sites for paragliding. Mumbai is approximately 99 km and Pune is about 47 km from here. This place can be reached easily as it is well-connected by roads from Pune and Mumbai.
The town is located in the moderately high Sahyadri mountain range. The hills of this mountain range serve as take-off points for paragliding in Kamshet. The low height of the hills also means that when you want to land, you will find ample flat spaces that will be quite helpful if you are a beginner.
Another plus point of undertaking such an activity is that the weather here remains suitable for it for long periods. If you are a club pilot, you can paraglide on all of your weekends and relish your time off work. The weather here allows for both pure ridge as well as dynamic styles of flying. Wind speeds of up to 20 km/h are perfect for you to tune up your flying and handling skills. Easterlies blowing from October to February and Westerlies sweeping through March to June ensure a long paragliding season in Kamshet.
What to Wear?
The greatest thing perhaps about indulging in this exciting activity is that no special attire is required. Be clad in comfortable t-shirts, track pants and shoes and you are good to soar into the air. While paragliding the only thing that is discouraged from being worn is a pair of slippers. As you will be quite high up in the sky and you will be cruising at good velocities, the sun exposure may create problems for your skin. To avoid any spoilsport played by the sun on you, it is advisable that you carry sunscreen lotions. Tinted goggles are also essential as the strong light radiating from the sun may just be a little too hard on your eyes.
1). Flight briefing by instructor
2). 8-10 minutes of tandem joyride - a taste of the skies with an experienced pilot
(Weekday- Monday to Friday)
1).Taxes GST 18.0% (Government Service Tax)
2).Transportation cost from meeting point to the paragliding site . It can be arranged at an additional cost .
3).Personal expenses such as table drinks, rooms services items, laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.
4).Any additional expenses caused by disturbance in trip program due to circumstances like weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc.
5).Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
Tandem paragliding was very exciting, we liked a lot and enjoyed a lot. I will come for this adventurous sport again and again based up on my availability.
One of the very good experiences of being in the state of Maharastra.........very kind and patient staff and very good flying instructors ...overall an excellent experience.
Paragliding in Kamshet was awesome. Different experience with the landscapes.