• Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination highlights

    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.

    Activity Details







    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Bhandardara fireflies trek: Explore Bhandaradara

    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.

    Day 1 Milestone



    14:30 PM


    Evening snacks | Dinner

    Day 2 of the Bhandardara Fireflies Trek: Return to Kasara
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  • Cancellation policy

    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.

    Rules on trip

    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.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Please note that sleeping bags will not be provided for the overnight stay in tents. Travellers are requested to carry their own bedsheets or blankets.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the Bhandardara fireflies trek to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff. Any additional cost arising from such a change in itinerary will be borne by the travellers.

    Travellers are requested to be punctual in arriving at the pick-up point of the Bhandardara fireflies trek. Tardiness in reaching the pick-up point will lead to missing the departure without any refund.
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  • Includes / Excludes


    • Travel arrangements between Kasara and Bhandaradara in a local jeep or similar vehicle

    • Accommodation in tents on a triple/quad-sharing basis
    • All meals from evening snacks on day 1 to breakfast on day 2
    • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
    • All applicable taxes


    • Transport between your home city and Kasara

    • Personal expenses such as extra meals, beverages, apparel, gear etc.
    • Costs due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Full-sleeved shirt/t-shirt
    • Full-length track pants
    • Sports shoes
    • Extra pair of dry clothes
    • Not to wear - Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Demin jeans
    • Restrictive or uncomfortable clothing

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Tents for accommodation
    • Local jeep or similar vehicle for transport between Kasara and Bhandardara

    You need to get

    • Backpack
    • Bedsheets
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Dry snacks (energy bars, dry fruits etc.)
    • Water bottle (2+ ltrs)
    • Sun cap/hat and sunglasses
    • Personal toiletries
    • Insect repellent

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.