My thrilling paragliding experience at Kamshet-Pune
Forget about thrilling paragliding, even the thought of falling from height scares me. Although I have seen people doing paragliding in the sky like a bird, being so scared of heights I never once thought “Ohh, I want to give it try someday”. But if people like Luke Aikins can jump from 25000 feet without a parachute I thought what the hell, I need to do it.
Kamshet is located on the Mumbai-Pune express highway, It is just one and half hour ride from Pune. It is very near to Lonavala. Adventure lovers can stay at Lonavala to visit Imagica & experience paragliding as well. I have attached an image for Direction.
Mainly 2 teams offer Different paragliding courses & tandem paragliding to mortals like us. They are Fly Nirvana & Temple pilots. Because of limited availability, they don’t offer online booking. You need to contact them first and if the weather is good they will book a spot for you. You just need to pay 1000 bucks as advance payment.
Inside my heart, I was hoping that it gets canceled so I don’t have to pass through that nerve wrecking paragliding experience. But god has some other plans. My ride was not only one of the longest one ( approx 90 minutes ) it made me skip my heartbeat. Because something scary happened at the end!!
Thrilling experience starts –
We reached Rangoli Pure vegetarian restaurant, which is a meeting point for all the teams. The ride from here to the top of the hill itself is an adventure in itself. Private vehicles run the to & fro service through the mountain road that is full of potholes. Somehow we managed to reach the top safely. After around 500-meter tracking through the forest, we reached the paragliding spot.
Take off –
The instructor advised me to Just keep running no matter what, the wind tries to pull backward so if I keep running it is smooth sailing. As soon as we were in the air, I felt like being in the different work. Admiring the mountains around me & the view beneath me I was feeling the adrenaline rush through the body. As it was tandem paragliding, I was free to experience the stirring paragliding at heights in the sky. Everything looks so tiny from there.
The sheer exhilaration you feel from the sky is priceless reward you get from paragliding
The Scary & thrilling part of paragliding-
The basic package we booked include 15-minute ride only, but due to uncertain wind condition even after the 2 attempts, ( Don’t miss my thrilling paragliding Video ) my pilot was not able to land on the pre-decided spot. Furthermore, even the wind started falling so we started losing the height. Hundreds of questions started in my mind. What if we land on the road, hit some rock or I get fractured?
But I just trusted my pilot and tried my best to remain calm, the positive side was I got such amazing footage. Eventually, I started enjoying the decent. Decent was very fast for last few seconds. Just above the ground, I jumped from my seat and started running to save my ass from hitting the ground!! Thus ends my exciting paragliding experience – the most exhilarating 90 minutes of my life!!!
Few important details:
Where to go for tandem paragliding?:
What is approximate Cost?
Basic 15 minute ride – 2500, travel to top – 300
Personal camera allowed?
Yes, you can bring your own camera for videography & photography. I Used YI-88001 Action Camera (White)
Is paragliding training course available?
How to Book tandem paragliding ride?
Paragliding requires good weather condition, so they don’t take an advanced booking. Weather condition is updated daily and accordingly, they decide. So you need to contact them in advance, provide your choice of day & time. If the spot is confirmed by them, you have to pay 1000 bucks to book the spot for all of you. Rest you can pay in cash after the ride.
What preparation are required?
- Nothing is available on top of a hill. So bring a good amount of water as you never know how long it will take.
- Take light food only to avoid motion sickness. At last, use a good sunscreen to avoid skin damage.
- Wear sports shoes