Mumbai travellers can board the local train to Kasara departing CST at 12:33 hrs. Pune travellers can board Mumbai Express departing Pune at 9:30 hrs and take a local train from Kalyan to Kasara.
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Embark on the Bhandardara fireflies trek and see the alluring dance of a hundred, glowing fireflies in the night. As you walk around your scenic campsite, you'll spot the brightly-coloured, yellow fireflies fluttering in the forest. Apart from the fascinating fireflies trek, you'll also enjoy the evening around a crackling campfire with delicious dinner. As the night falls, you'll go to sleep in cosy tents, pitched under Bhandardara's starry night sky.
Bhandardara is a popular weekend getaway located a short drive away from Mumbai and Pune. Surrounded by the brash mountains of the Sahyadri range, this camping destination is placed by the shimmering Lake Arthur with views of the Kalsubai peak in the distance. Bhandardara is one of the darkest spots in the state with the least amount of light pollution, making it perfect for a night trek to spot glowing fireflies. You might even catch a glimpse of the Milky Way in the night sky, which is often decorated by a hundred twinkling lights, a sight seldom seen from urban city centers.
Camp under the starry night sky of Bhandardara. | Spot hundreds of yellow fireflies in the night. | Go on a night trek to explore Bhandardara. | Enjoy the evening around a crackling campfire.
Report to the Kasara railway station at 14:30 hrs and meet your fellow travellers. You will travel to Bhandardara in a local jeep, reaching the campsite by 16:30 hrs. You will have a briefing session with your camp leader. In the evening, you will gather around a campfire session with some BBQ and a hot dinner
When the night falls, you will head out on a trek to explore Bhandardara and spot glowing fireflies. Return to the campsite after a short hike. Overnight in tents at the Bhandardara campsite.
Overnight in tents at Bhandardara.
Today's meal package includes evening snacks and dinner. Evening snacks and tea will be served upon reaching Bhandardara. Dinner will be served at the campsite by 21:00 hrs. You'll spend the night in tents. Please bring your own bedsheets, since sleeping bags will not be available. If it rains, accommodation will be shifted to nearby homestays.
Evening snacks | Dinner
For cancellations made more than 8 days before departure of the Bhandardara fireflies trek: 75% refund.
For cancellations made 4-7 days before the departure of the Bhandardara fireflies trek: 50% refund.
For cancellations made less than 3 days before departure of the Bhandardara fireflies trek: no refund.
In case of no show: no refund.
All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.
Travellers are required to follow all instructions of the trek leader during the Bhandardara fireflies trek.
Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek.
Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.
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