Kamshet is located in the Western Ghats and is about 45 km from Pune in Maharashtra. It lies about 16 km from the famous hill station of Lonavala and Khandala. This quaint town is an ideal weekend getaway for people staying in Mumbai and Pune.
Travellers who visit Lonavala and Khandala must halt here to experience the rustic beauty of the quaint village. For adventure enthusiasts, Kamshet is the ideal place for some adrenaline activities and boasts of major paragliding hub of India.
This quaint village hold rich cultural significance and the region is known for Buddhist Caves which was a part of the Medival era. The lush greenery, mesmerizing water bodies and hilly terrains of the region attracts many travellers from around the country.
Bhedsa Caves, Kondeshwar Temple, etc. are some of the popular sites at Kamshet. Trekking in the challenging hilly terrains, bird watching near Vadivali Lake and paragliding are some of the most popular activities in Kamshet. The best time to experience paragliding is after monsoons, generally from October till end of May. Here is a travel guide to the adventure paradise of Kamshet.
Karla, Bedsa and Bhaja Caves
These three caves hold rich cultural significance and are all Buddhist caves formed during the Medival era. The Karla Caves was built in 3rd Century and is known for its splendid rock-cut structure. Since the cave is located close to Lonavla, the spot is a major crowd puller. The Bedsa caves were built in 1st century and various species of animals are engraved on these
The rock-cut structure of the Bedsa Cave
Photo Courtesy: Himanshu Sarpotdar
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the scenic vistas surrounding the temple attracts many travellers. Thousands of Hindu devotees come to visit this temple at the time of Mahashivaratri, which is regarded as a sacred festival.
The Vadivali Lake is an artificially created lake from a dam nearby and is about 10 km from Kamshet.On both sides of the lake one could find guest houses that offer access to the lake. For bird lovers, one should come and visit the place as many migratory birds flock to this lake. It is an ideal place for bird watchers.
Serene view of the sunset at the lake
Photo Courtesy: Dinesh Valke
Kamshet is one of the major paragliding hubs of India. The main flying sites are Tower Hill with which is frequently used from October to January after the monsoon season and Shelar which is used from January onwards. Several paragliding schools are located in or around Kamshet and offer training or tandem flights. TemplePilots, Nirvana and Indus are some of the well-known paragliding schools in Kamshet.
Paragliding training at Kamshet
Photo Courtesy: Karthik Chandrasekariah
How to Reach Kamshet
By Air: Lohegaon Airport in Pune is the nearest airport to Kamshet which is located at a distance of 57 km. The Mumbai International is located 100 km from Kamshet.
By Rail: It has it own railway station and connects to Pune and other major cities of Maharashtra.
By Road: The best way to visit this rustic village is by travelling in your own private vehicle. The village is located on Mumbai-Pune highway. Rikshaws on sharing basis are also available within the village.