Kids of Kamshet

Located at about 110 km from Bombay and just a little ahead of the popular hill station Lonavala, lies Kamshet – a quaint little village outlined by the Sahayadri Range. The mountains offer one of the few good sites in the country for paragliding – especially for those who are learning to fly.

I walked around the village looking at the skies filled with colourful gliders, even as the villagers went about doing their work rather nonchalantly.

Kids of Kamshet

Kids walking to school while a glider flies overhead.

But the thing that’s most strange and amusing about this picturesque village is – the kids of Kamshet. Most of them know Paragliding in theory. They’ve seen young beginners struggle with their first few take offs and landings . They’ve heard experts talk about wind direction and flying techniques. The landing sites here double up as their playgrounds and as the fliers touchdown, the kids are quick on their feet offering to fold the giant gliders for a reasonable fee (about 20 bucks). Folding the glider is a time-consuming and difficult task. But the kids seem to do it with a remarkable ease. In fact, I heard a nine year old share some tips with a twenty something learner.

Kids of Kamshet

Kids of Kamshet

I guess it’s only a matter of time that these kids will soar into the skies themselves.

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Have you been to Kamshet? Paragliding here was great fun. While I did a tandem flight, the option to learn and take solo flights is readily available too. I’ll be sharing my experience and more details in my next post.

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