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If you have seen pictures and have been waiting to experience the magical phenomenon of little glow bugs lighting up the forest then this is the best time to visit the Western Ghats of Maharashtra for a fireflies trek and see them for yourself. The monsoon season is the peak mating season for fireflies and we have listed the best places to catch a glimpse of these tiny twinkling beauties.

The glow bugs make light with specialised cells in their abdomens to attract a mate. This phenomenon is called bioluminescence and is shared by other organisms like a few marine creatures and even some trees.

Rajmachi fireflies trek

The fireflies trek to Rajmachi Village combines the best that a monsoon trek has to offer: a fun trek in the night through a beautiful forest to see the miracle of fireflies and a challenging pinnacle climb to the fort the next day.

Located near the famous hills of Matheran and Lonavala, the Rajmachi fort stands at an altitude of 2710 feet and offers you a fabulous trekking route. This Rajmachi fireflies trek takes you deep into the rugged mountains of the Sahyadris, to see the magical dance of fireflies during the short season when they appear. The pre-monsoon showers are prime mating time for these bugs, and you'll see them light up the night sky to find their mates. You'll also get a chance to view the iconic Rajmachi fort and enjoy a monsoon trek.

Fireflies trek Kondana Caves

A unique experience in so many ways, the Kondana Caves fireflies trek doesn't just take you through ancient Buddhist caves, but it does so in the dark of the night! You'll enjoy an hour-long night trek through a dark forest, and explore the caves at night. It’s a thrilling journey navigated with nothing but the flickering from your merry little friends (the fireflies) and the torches in your hands. Top this off with incredible ghost stories and a chance to stay in a local village for the night, and you'll have a weekend adventure that you'll never forget.

This adventure is quite easy to get to, so is perfect for a weekend adventure getaway from Mumbai or Pune. The Kondana caves are located at the foot of the Rajmachi fort, near Karjat and are ancient Buddhist caves, and are fine specimens of intricate art. You'll enjoy exploring them as much as seeing the fireflies dancing in the dark.

Fireflies trek to Prabalmachi

The fireflies trek to Prabalmachi village is a beautiful journey that takes you to the top of Prabalgad to a plateau with spectacular views, and gives you the chance to witness the breath-taking phenomenon of an open air “light-show” by glowing fireflies! You'll trek after dark, which is a thrill like no other, and spot plenty of fireflies.

Located between the Mumbai and Pune highway, tucked away in the hills, lies the quaint little village of Prabalmachi. It receives heavy rainfall in the monsoon and is a breeding ground for fireflies. You'll be staying here, enjoying a midnight ramble through nature to see male fireflies light up to woo the females. The fireflies trek is an amazing experience and brings you closer to nature.

Bhandardara Camping

Located in the Western Ghats of Ahmednagar, Bhandardara is holiday destination that is a short 185 kilometres from Mumbai. Being situated between mountains, this region contains a wide variety of vegetation and is home to millions of fireflies. On this fireflies trek, you’ll see an extravagant spectacle as the firefly’s glow red and yellow, lighting up the sky! Whether you see them in secret nooks, between tree leaves or just fluttering about above you, the sight is absolutely magical.

There are picturesque camp sites in Bhandadara for a cosy camping experience with bonfires and ghost stories. The scenery is absolutely beautiful with lush green forest all around, a shining lake and countless waterfalls! It is also home to the highest peak in Maharashtra, Mount Kalsubai and you will find gorgeous views of Pravara River, Randha Falls and the famous Bhandardara Lake.

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Spot bioluminescent fireflies, trek to the Shrivardhan Fort, stay in the quaint village of Rajmachi and escape into the forests of the Western Ghats. On this fireflies trek to Rajmachi, you’ll trek through dense wilderness to explore the trees, shrubs and bushes of the Western Ghats. En route, you’ll spot several bright, yellow fireflies that nestle in the monsoon-fed forests of Rajmachi. A sight to behold, especially in the darkness of the night, these twinkling fireflies will adorn your trail to Rajmachi. Another highlight of the trip, you’ll wake up and head out for an early morning trek to the Shirvardhan Fort, one of the two hill forts near Rajmachi.
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  • Travel arrangements from Lonavala-Lonavala in shared vehicles
  • Accommodation in dormitory for one night on multi-sharing basis
  • All meals from evening snacks on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 2
  • Services of experienced trek leader
  • Permit charges and entry fees
  • Basic first aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel costs between base city and Lonavala
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Spot bioluminescent fireflies, trek to the Prabalmachi, stay in alpine tents pitched at a beautiful campsite and escape into the forests of the Western Ghats. On this fireflies trek to Prabalmachi, you’ll trek through dense wilderness to explore the trees, shrubs and bushes of the Western Ghats. En route, you’ll spot several bright, yellow fireflies that nestle in the monsoon-fed forests of Prabalmachi. A sight to behold, especially in the darkness of the night, these twinkling fireflies will adorn your trail to Prabalmachi. Another highlight of the trip, you’ll come back from an exhilarating trek and have fun with your fellow campers with campfire stories before drifting into sleep inside alpine tents.
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  • Travel arrangements from Panvel-Panvel in shared vehicles
  • Accommodation in alpine tents for one night on twin-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping
  • Alpine tents, pillows and blankets
  • Meals consisting of dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2
  • Services of experienced trek leader
  • Permit charges and entry fees
  • Basic first aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel costs between base city and Panvel
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Spot bioluminescent fireflies, stay in alpine tents pitched at a beautiful campsite and escape into the forests of the Western Ghats. On this fireflies camping trip in Bhandardara, you’ll trek through dense wilderness to explore the trees, shrubs and bushes of the Western Ghats. En route, you’ll spot several bright, yellow fireflies that nestle in the monsoon-fed forests of Bhandardara. A sight to behold, especially in the darkness of the night, these twinkling fireflies will adorn your trail through dense forests. Another highlight of the trip, you’ll come back from an exhilarating trek and drift into sleep inside alpine tents pitched in the rugged mountains of countryside Maharashtra.
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  • Travel arrangements from Kasara-Kasara in shared vehicles
  • Accommodation in alpine tents for one night on triple-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping
  • Alpine tents, pillows and blankets
  • All meals from evening snacks on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 2
  • Services of experienced tour leader and camping crew
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • Basic first aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel costs between base city and Kasara
  • Lunch throughout the trip
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This special fireflies trek to Kurungwadi lets you spend a magical evening in the company of bioluminescent fireflies in countryside Maharashtra. From a lakeside campsite in the Sahyadri range, you'll go for a short walk to explore the surrounding villages. You'll spot fluttering fireflies as they fly from tree tops to shrubs as tiny dots of glowing bright lights. After a night of merry fun with your fellow campers, you'll spend the night in tents and wake up to a gorgeous sunrise over the mountains.
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  • Travel arrangements between Kasara railway station and Kurungwadi campsite in shared jeep or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation in tents for 1 night on a triple-sharing basis
  • In-tent amenities: bedsheet, blanket
  • All veg/non-veg meals from evening snacks on day 1 to breakfast on day 2
  • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
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  • Travel arrangements between your home city and Kasara railway station
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Travel to a remote village in countryside Maharashtra for a special trek to spot small, bioluminiscent fireflies. Set in a scenic destination in the folds of the Sahyadri hills, this fireflies trek takes you for a short village walk to explore the rural community and lush greenery. On the walk, you'll spot fluttering fireflies as they fly from tree tops to shrubs as tiny dots of glowing bright lights. After a night of merry fun with your fellow travellers, you'll spend the night in the village and wake up to a gorgeous sunrise over the mountains.
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  • Travel arrangements between Dadar and Purushwadi campsite in a private AC bus
  • Accommodation in tents or home-stay for 1 night on a triple-sharing basis
  • In-tent/room amenities: bedsheet, blanket
  • All veg/non-veg meals from evening snacks on day 1 to breakfast on day 2
  • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel arrangements between your home city and Dadar
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Panvel, Maharashtra
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This adventure trip combines some of the best that a Sahyadri monsoon has to offer: a fun trek in the night through a beautiful forest, a rambling night trail on a plateau at the top to see the miracle of fireflies, and a challenging pinnacle climb the next day.
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  • Transportation from Panvel to Panvel by public transportation
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • Accommodation on dormitory sharing basis
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  • Any transfer till Panvel and back
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Picked right out of an adventure movie scene, this fireflies trek to Bhandardara has everything a perfect camping experience should have. From great company to cosy camps, a fabulous location, a bonfire and a thrilling session of ghost stories. But the highlight is the amazing phenomenon of glowing fireflies lighting up the sky! Whether you see them in secret nooks, between tree leaves or just fluttering about above you, the sight is absolutely magical. Add to that, the lush green forest around, a shining lake and countless waterfalls! The best part is, this campsite is so easily accessible from Mumbai. All you have to do is pack your bag, book a seat and catch a train!
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  • Accommodation in triple sharing tents
  • Camping toilets
  • Transportation from Kasara-campsite-Kasara by local Traxx
  • Meals during the trip (dinner-breakfast-lunch)
  • Tea and welcome drink
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  • Any transport from Mumbai to Kasara and back
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Karjat, Maharashtra
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This trek to Kothaligad fort is a surreal adventure that combines the thrill of a night trek, a chance to witness the dance of fireflies in the dark, and a fun morning peak climb. This fort is unique because it has steps carved into the pinnacle, from within the rock, and not on the outside as most other forts. On this trek, you'll also get a chance to live and eat with local villagers, and wake up to spectacular views.
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  • Transportation from Karjat to Karjat by local transport
  • Evening refreshment
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation at a village home
  • Expertise and guide for your trek
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Any transfer to Karjat and back
  • Train tickets
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Spot bioluminescent fireflies, trek to the Kondhane caves, stay in alpine tents pitched at beautiful campsite and escape into the forests of the Western Ghats. On this fireflies trek to Kondhane, you’ll trek through dense wilderness to explore the Buddhist art and architecture of the historic Kondhane caves. En route, you’ll spot several bright, yellow fireflies that nestle in the monsoon-fed forests of Kondhane. A sight to behold, especially in the darkness of the night, these twinkling fireflies will adorn your trail to the Kondhane caves. Another highlight of the trip, you’ll come back from an exhilarating trek and have fun around a crackling campfire before drifting into sleep inside alpine tents.
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  • Travel arrangements from Karjat-Karjat in shared vehicles
  • Accommodation in alpine tents on triple-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping
  • Bedding, pillows and blankets
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and toilet tent
  • All meals from evening snacks on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 2
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • Basic first aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel costs between base city and Karjat
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
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Night trekking through the rough greenery of the Rajmachi forests offer a spectacular experience of spotting glowing fireflies in the darkness of the night. On this fireflies trek to Rajmachi, you'll venture out into the wilderness and catch views of these exotic insects glowing between trees, in the bushes, up in the sky, behind rocks and all around you. Apart from exploring the mystical natural phenomenon of fireflies, you'll also trek to the twin hill forts of Shrivardhan and Manarajan to catch a glorious sunrise. You'll also visit the nearby Uday Sagar Talav and the Shiva Temple before the trip ends.

Rich in natural beauty, the fireflies trek to Rajmachi is ideal for nature lovers and urban dwellers looking to plan a weekend getaway into the heart of nature.
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  • Travel arrangements from Lonavala-Lonavala in local, public transport
  • Any technical equipment required for trekking
  • Alpine tents and mattresses
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 2
  • Services of an experienced trekking guide
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • Basic first aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel costs between base city and Lonavala
  • Extra blanket
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Fireflies are tiny, little winged insects that nestle in the wilderness of forests and mountains. At night, they flutter out of their nests and glow with a bright, yellow hue. The bushes, shrubs and trees near Bhandardara make for a great trek through the jungle to spot these insects resting in their natural habitat. On this fireflies camping trip in Bhandardara, you'll get together with fellow campers and embark on a magical trip through nature to spot fireflies and stay in tents pitched in the green outdoors.

This short 2-day trip is perfect for urban dwellers looking to escape the city life and plan a perfect getaway with friends or family.
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  • Travel arrangements from Kasara-Kasara in jeep or similar private vehicles
  • All equipment required for camping
  • Alpine tents, pillows and blankets
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 2
  • Services of experienced tour guide
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel costs between base city and Kasara
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Fireflies are small insects that flutter around dense wilderness and glow with a bright yellow colour in the night. Often a mating ritual, the flickering of hundreds of small fireflies in the darkness of the night is a sight to behold. On this fireflies trek to Kothaligad, you'll trek through bushes and trees and travel to the land of fireflies to explore this mystical phenomenon of nature. You'll trek uphill to an altitude of 3,100 feet to visit the ruins of the Kothaligad fort, where caves and temples of goddesses depict tradition and culture of ancient times. From atop the fort’s pinnacle, you'll catch magnificent views of Siddhagad, Malanggad, Prabalgad, Manikgad and Matheran.

On this trip, you'll spend the night in dense jungles and reconnect with nature. An easy trek on a well-defined trail, this fireflies trek to the Kothaligad is a popular trip for nature lovers, amateur trekkers and experienced adventure enthusiasts alike.
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  • Travel arrangements from Karjat-Karjat in tum-tum/bus/private vehicles
  • Any technical equipment required for trekking
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 2
  • Services of an experienced trekking guide
  • Permit charges, entry fees and camping charges
  • Basic first aid kit
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Travel costs between base city and Karjat
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Lonavala, Maharashtra
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This Rajmachi trek takes you deep into the rugged mountains of the Sahyadris, to see the magical dance of fireflies during the short season when they appear. The pre-monsoon showers are prime mating time for these bugs, and you'll see them light up the night sky to find their mates. You'll also get a chance to view the iconic Rajmachi fort and enjoy a monsoon trek.

NOTE: This trip includes transport from Dadar to Lonavala and back for participants from Mumbai. For participants coming from Pune or other cities, please meet at Lonavala station. The cost for those coming from Pune will be INR 950 per person.
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  • For Pune trekkers, transport from Lonavala to Lonavala
  • For Mumbai trekkers, transport from Dadar to Dadar
  • Dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2
  • Professional guide and expertise
  • First aid kit
  • Tents and sleeping mats
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal expenses like additional meals, beverages, snacks, etc