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|Elevation||670 m (2,200 ft)|
|• Total||Approx 20,000|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Kamshet is located in Pune district in the state of Maharashtra, India, 110 km from Mumbai City, and 45 km from Pune in Pune district. It is 16 km from the twin hill stations of Khandala and Lonavala and is accessible by road and rail from Mumbai (Bombay) and Pune. The area around Kamshet is surrounded by scenery, and is home to small villages that are still built in the traditional style (with mud, thatch and reeds). This is main market of Maval. People from 60-70 villages coming there for market. Kamshet has very big market. On every Thuesday[clarification needed] there is Shopping day for vegetables. All surrounding villagers are coming in the city, that is very crowded day.
Kamshet railway station is located in the Western Ghats, off an ancient trade-route that once linked the west coast to the hinterland. The railway station runs parallel to the Indrayani River. The hills along this route are dotted with ancient cave temples, medieval hill fortresses and colonial hill stations.
National Highway is passing in village. this is also use for transport. Kanshet is second main city in the tahsil. many peoples come to this city by public transport like auto, 6-seater vehicles, s.t. buses.
Kamshet serves as a railhead for many villages (Bhaja, Uksan, Kamra, etc.) in the western ghats. There is a regular MSRTC bus service from Kamshet to these villages as well. Since the early 20th century Kamshet has served as a market place for these villages.
Paragliding at Kamshet is one of the major attractions . The world-class paragliding facilities attract a great number of flying sport aficionados to the place. The picturesque Kamshet is surrounded by paddy and sunflower fields, and bounded by hills and serene lakes. It’s a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the urban life.
There are a couple of Paragliding Sites at Kamshet .Tower hill is the destination for hand gliding. 8 km from the highway, another Paragliding spot Shelar is located. It offers ideal conditions for soaring and thermal paragliding. Here, Tourist can take off from a height of 175 feet above ground level.
If someone is a hardcore paragliding enthusiast and looking for some challenging flying adventure, head towards Kondeshwar Cliff. 20 km from Kamshet, it offers the right elevation to soothe tourists tingling nerves. Tourist take off from a height of 2200 feet.
Tourist can soar high over the Pawna Lake and glide over the beautiful scenery below. Kamshet is ideal for ridge and thermal soaring, and is suitable for basic, intermediate and cross-country paragliding expeditions.
Kamshet is better known as the 'Paraglider's Paradise'. This sleepy village in Maharashtra along the Mumbai-Pune Highway has been developed as a major paragliding destination. Set in the scenic area of Western Ghats, off an ancient trade-route which once linked the west coast with the hinterland, Kamshet is predominantly rural with traditional-style houses (built with mud, thatch and reeds). Since Kamshet is very close to the twin hill stations of Lonavla and khandala, tourists generally stay at these places and visit Kamshet for purely adventurous pursuits.
Kamshet experiences three seasons: summer, monsoon and a winter.
Typical summer months are from March to May, with maximum temperatures ranging from 28 to 36 °C (82 to 97 °F). The warmest month in Pune is April; although summer doesn't end until May, the city often receives very heavy thundershowers in May (and humidity remains high). Even during the hottest months, the nights are usually cool due to Kamshet's high altitude. The highest temperature ever recorded was 42.3 °C (108.1 °F) on 30 April 1897.
The monsoon lasts from June to October, with moderate rainfall and temperatures ranging from 21 to 27 °C (70 to 81 °F). Most of the 722 mm (28.43 in) of annual rainfall in the city fall between June and September, and July is the wettest month of the year. Hailstorms are also common in this region.
Winter begins in November; November in particular is referred to as the Rosy Cold (literal translation) (Marathi: गुलाबी थंडी). The daytime temperature hovers around 28 °C (82 °F) while night temperature is below 10 °C (50 °F) for most of December and January, often dropping to 5 to 6 °C (41 to 43 °F). The lowest temperature ever recorded was 1.7 °C (35 °F) on 17 January 1935.
|Climate data for Kamshet|
|Record high °C (°F)||32.6
|Average high °C (°F)||29.9
|Daily mean °C (°F)||20.5
|Average low °C (°F)||11.0
|Record low °C (°F)||4.8
|Precipitation mm (inches)||0
|Avg. precipitation days||0.1||0.3||0.3||1.1||3.3||10.9||17.0||16.2||10.9||5.0||2.4||0.3||67.8|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||291.4||282.8||300.7||303.0||316.2||186.0||120.9||111.6||177.0||248.0||270.0||288.3||2,895.9|
|Source: NOAA (1971–1990)|
Marathi is the official and most widely spoken language, while Hindi and English are understood and spoken widely. Kamshet having population with 60% Hindus. ] has jain majority. Kamshet also has a good Muslim population.
Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, Buddhism and Jainism are major religions in Kamshet with 60.0%, 2.0%, 10.0%, 13.0% and 15% of the population following them. 5 of Kamshet's population is in the 15–59 years age category. Around 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Misal Paav of Dabhade is famous in Kamshet. Nachnichi bhakri is found in kamshet. Specialties include Puran Poli (a dessert bread), Pithla bhakri, Bhelpuri and Pav Bhaji. Mastani, a thick milkshake containing dried fruit, is a speciality of the city. Vada Pav, Misal Pav, Poha, Daabeli and Bhel Puri are common and famous street foods. Bread, curry,indrayni or kolam rice common meal of kamshetkar. Goatmutun, chiken, Crabs and fishes are included in non-veg dishes. forest vegetables are also use in meals.
Karla Caves: These 3rd century caves are well known for their splendid rock-cut architecture. The caves were built by Theravada Buddhist monks. Karla Caves are located close to Lonavala in Karli, and is a popular tourist destination.
Bedsa Caves: Different in appearance from the Karla Caves, these Hinayana Buddhist Caves are said to be built in 1st century. The caves are famous for their animals and dancing figure sculptures.
Bhaja Caves: Bhaja Caves are a group of 18 rock-cut caves built around 200 B.C. The major attraction is the group of 14 stupas, five inside and nine outside the caves. One of the caves houses some of the most splendid sculptures. Near the last cave is the monsoon waterfall, where tourists flock every summer.
An ancient elephant temple well known as Shri Kondeshwar temple is located at pohara near to kamshet. Pahara is a hilly forest range. This temple is dedicated to Hindus god Shiva.
There is a scenic view nearby this temple for the tourists as this place is surrounded by the dense forest, all around. Thousands of Hindu devotees come to visit this temple at the time of Mahashivaratri, as a huge festival is conducted at this time.
Paragliding: Paragliding is one of the major attraction and activity for the tourists in the Kamshet. There are paragliding schools in Kamshet for the beginners.
Vadivali Lake is one of the larger lakes in the area, at an altitude of 2200 ft above msl. It is an artificially created lake due to the backwaters of the Uksan Dam.
Caves and temples
The town of Pune, known for the Osho Ashram, Koregaon Park, Pune, India, with its orange-robed devotees and radical meditation techniques, is 45 km from Kamshet. Closer to Kamshet, there are the Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves and Bhedsa Caves, ancient Buddhist cave temples with carvings and statues of the Buddha.
Vidveshwar Temple near Nane road bridge. this is temple of hindu god Shiv. Temple has very good garden. This place is very holy and calm. Student come to study in that temple.
Sangameshwar is very old shiv temple, Near Junction of Kundalika river and Holy Indrayani River. It is very nice place to one day Tripe. There has Big fair on Mahashivratri.
People of Kamshet are very laid back but they are very helpful and honest. Most of the population lives on farming. Although the youth is living a semi-modern lifestyle, the older generation is happy and content with "simple living" mantra.
Kamshet is located 16 km ahead of the twin hill stations of Khandala and Lonavala in the state Maharashtra in Pune district. It is located about 118 km from Mumbai, and the nearest town is Pune (56+ km.)
There are regular local trains that run between Pune and Kamshet. From Mumbai, you can board a train that you take you to Lonavala, and reaching there, take the local train to Kamshet. The nearest airport is in Pune, and reaching here, you can hire a taxi to reach Kamshet or catch the local train. You can also drive from Mumbai or Pune to reach Kamshet which is 16+ km east of Lonavala.
Kamshet has seen immense property and real estate growth in last 10 years. Top notch property developers across India have ventured into developing world class townships and residential buildings in Kamshet. Due to its proximity to Lonavla, Khandala and Talegaon has been a hit among property buyers across Pune and Mumbai. No problems of Water Because river in the village, big market, near School colleges, railway station attract people to buy a property. A huge list of properties under development can be seen at Pune property dictonery.
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