Kamshet is a hill station in the Western Ghats that holds a dreamy charm about it. This might be so as unlike many other travel getaways in Maharashtra, Kamshet is quite popular among adventure enthusiasts majorly for paragliding and the presence of flying schools present here - for paragliders, Kamshet is nothing short of heaven.
The beauty of small villages along with the rejuvenating atmosphere is another reason why Kamshet worth your time and energy.
The surroundings of this place along with the mind-blowing natural vistas make it an awesome travel attraction to spend your time with your loved ones.
If you want to plan a trip to Kamshet, then it is equally important to travel here at the right time i.e. between the months of October and May.
Major Attractions in and Around Kamshet
1. Shinde Wadi Hills
These hills are an ideal spot for paragliding. Especially, one can see a lot of beginners coming here for experiencing the fun of paragliding. Historically, as well this place holds a great significance; as it is believed that the soldiers of Madhavrao Shinde had ambushed the Britishers here once.
2. Pawna Lake
This is the kind of place you visit for sitting along quietly while observing the musings of nature. The immensity of this lake lets you drown in your own spirals of thoughts which feels nothing short of a serene experience. All we can say is while on your visit to Kamshet, you must look forward to visiting Pawna Lake for everything nice it has to offer.
3. Bedsa Caves
These caves are considered quite ancient; many experts claim that they can easily date back to 60 BC. Situated on a sloppy hilly location, these caves are an interesting mix of being beautiful, exquisite, immense and whatnot. The best part to know is that the main cave aka Chaitya also has a prayer hall where you get to witness a magnificent stupa.
4. Bhairi Caves
Situated on the high rocks of Kamshet, Bhairi Caves are truly a wonder of nature. It is believed that till today the ritual of animal sacrifice takes place here; although these might be just rumours. So, in the hope of some adventure, if you plan to reach here, you will need to trek a little which can be a bit dangerous.
How to Reach Kamshet
Kamshet is quite a famous hill station located in the Western Ghats. To travel here, you will need to cover an approximate distance of about 1,502, 101, 1,966, 879 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the details on how you can travel to Kamshet by the following means of transportation.
The nearest airport is the Pune International Airport (PNQ) situated about 50-55 km away. It is basically a civil enclave managed by the Airports Authority of India. Pune Airport caters to both domestic and international flights. From the airport the road connectivity is quite good, thus you won’t have any problem to reach Kamshet. So, once you deboard at the airport, consider booking a taxi or availing some other means of public transport.
From Kochi - Board IndiGo, Air India flights from Kochi Airport. The airfares are starting from INR 3,000 - INR 4,000
From Bengaluru - Board IndiGo, Air India, Spicejet, Vistara airlines from Bengaluru Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000 - INR 4,000
From Guwahati - Board Spicejet, IndiGo, AirAsia flights from Guwahati Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000 -INR 6,000
Here is a list of Indian cities from where flights are available to Kamshet
The nearest railhead is the Lonavala train station situated 18-20 km away. It has good connectivity with nearby regions like Pune, Mumbai, Khandala. After deboarding at the station, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation.
From Pune - Board GDG CSMT EXP Pune Junction and deboard at the Lonavala Station
From Mumbai - Board CSMT SBC SPL from Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and deboard at the Lonavala Station
Depending upon your location, you can also consider travelling to Kmashet by well maintained and easily accessible roadways and highways. From the nearby cities like Pune, Mumbai you can board interstate/private buses which are readily available. You can also consider travelling by cab or your own vehicle.
From Mahabaleshwar - 158 km via NH48
From Baramati - 159 km via NH48
From Ahmednagar - 149 km via Aurangabad - Ahmednagar - Pune Hwy
Frequently Asked Questions about Kamshet
Q. What are the best months to visit Kamshet for paragliding?
A. The best months to visit Kamshet for paragliding are from October to April, when the weather is stable and suitable for flying.