The land of your karma or Karmakshetra is a small nature cluster located on the NH-4, the old Mumbai – Pune Highway. 110 km from Mumbai City, and 45 km from Pune, Kamshet is home to small villages built with mud, thatch, and reeds, the traditional style. The twin hill stations of Khandala and Lonavala are just 16 km from the fresh mini town. Exploring Kamshet, the place has Vadivale Lake at an altitude of 2200 ft. One of the larger lakes in the area, created artificially by the backwaters of the Uksan Dam. Dotted with ancient cave temples of the Buddhist monks and medieval hill fortresses, Kamshet is a perfect place if you are looking forward to a weekend getaway. Karla caves, Bedsa caves, Bhaja caves, Wadeshwar temple, Kondeshwar temple, Sangameshwar temple are notably visited.
Now that we know Kamshet, you must find a way to lay your eyes on each of these iconic spots. And thankfully, Kamshet has a sorted out perfect way to let you enjoy its beauties to the fullest. Kamshet, as the doorway to exploration, is the top destination for paragliding.
What is paragliding?
Paragliding is an aero adventure sport of flying paragliders that are free-flying and foot-launched glider aircraft. You can fly with the lightweight flying machine taking off from a high point and keep flying as long as the wind takes you!
Paragliding in Kamshet
Easy take-offs from the flying sites in this region are mainly on the picturesque and alluring valleys of the Sahyadri range. The hills are high enough and offer you comfortable ample landing areas for the pilots. 20+kmph on average here in Kamshet makes it one of the ideal spots for paragliding. The easterlies from October to February and westerlies from March to June are the particular time pilots from elsewhere enthusiastically involve themselves in the adventure sport. One can get a bird’s eye view of the panorama of paddy and sunflower fields bordered by hills around Kamshet. Known as a Paragliding paradise in India, Kamshet is a place to begin your nature retreat! Indulging in paragliding in Kamshet will let your adrenaline rush to your brain and become the most heart-thumping activity you ever experienced!
What to look out for?
Below is the list of attractions to lay your eyes on while flying high in the sky among the clouds, above the beautiful town!
Kamshet is home to a group of Buddhist rock-cut structures and they can be traced back to the 1st century BCE. The Satavahana period monument is just 9 km from Bhaja caves and few other caves are nearby. The outstanding designed caves with rugged terrains offer a splendid view from above. To understand the depth of a place, first, explore and then view the outline for a clear picture.
These caves offer the paragliders the right vantage point to take off amidst the valley. How is it to fly in the sky, the wind hitting your face and feasting your eyes with centuries-old brilliantly carved caves sided with dense vegetation? The mesmerizing experience that would be!
One can see how tranquil and crystal clear the water of the Pawna lake is from above! Amidst well-aligned, tall mountains, Pawna Lake is an artificial lake brought into existence by the Pawna dam. One of the most beautiful treks, the Pawna lake trek is itself an achievement any trekker would feel! Located in the Western Ghats, the lake would stun you if you are catching a glimpse from above!
The paragliding take-off point is considered a challenge but not difficult. Bhandara Dongar in Kamshet attracts paragliders for its serene enviro and a perfect place to begin your paragliding adventure. One has to trek a bit into the thick woods to reach the point. So that’s one another way to introduce yourself to the nature of Kamshet.
Shinde Wadi Hills
This is a famous take-off point that has the right combination of everything that is required for flying. Being a safe point to learn some tricks and flying techniques, Shinde Wadi hills gives you a relaxed ride and a lot of time to fly high!
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