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  • Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination

    Bhandardara, located in close proximity to Mumbai and Nashik, is a popular camping destination due to the waterfront of Lake Arthur and towering trees of the Kalsubai Wildlife Sanctuary. Your campsite on this trip will be located just outside the nearby village of Samrad, on the hilly slopes of the Western Ghats. The thick jungles that cover these hill slopes are home to thousands of fireflies that attract nature lovers from all over the state.

    Destination highlights

    Spot the glowing fireflies on a camping trip to Bhandardara. | Stay in alpine tents pitched at a picturesque campsite. | Make a quick getaway from the city life into the lap of nature.

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of fireflies camping in Bhandardara: Spotting fireflies

    Arrive at the Kasara railway station by 12:30 hrs. From Mumbai, you can board the 10:20 hrs fast train from CST to Kasara. En route, you can meet your fellow campers by boarding the second last compartment of the train from Kasara. At Kasara, you'll travel to the base village of Samrad via shared, local transport vehicles. En route, the group will stop at a local restaurant or eatery, where you can have lunch at an additional cost. You'll reach your campsite at Samrad by afternoon and have fun with camp activities. As the sun sets over the horizon in the evening, you'll head out for a short trek in the forests to spot twinkling dim fireflies in the trees and shrubs. By night, you'll return back to the campsite. Overnight at Bhandardara in tents.

    Overnight at Bhandardara in tents.

    Your trip begins from Kasara railway station on 12:30 hrs. Travel to Samrad will be arranged in shared vehicles. Today's meal package includes evening snacks and dinner. Evening snacks will be served upon reaching the campsite while dinner will be served after returning from a hike to spot fireflies. You will need to pay extra to eat lunch, en route to Samrad. You will be accommodated in alpine tents on triple-sharing basis. The alpine tents come with bedding and pillows for a restful night's sl

    Day 1 Milestone

    Panvel

    Bhandardara

    12:30 PM

    Food

    Evening snacks | Dinner

    Veg
    Day 2 of fireflies camping in Bhandardara: Return to Mumbai
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 10 days or more before departure of the Bhandardara fireflies camping trip: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 5-10 days before departure of the Bhandardara fireflies camping trip: 50% will be refund.

    For cancellations made 0-5 days before departure of the Bhandardara fireflies camping trip: No refund.

    No show: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the tour guide during the fireflies camping in Bhandardara.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited while camping.

    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

    Travellers are requested to board the second last compartment from the Kasara side of the 10:20 hrs fast train from CST.

    Travellers are requested to be punctual. Travellers that miss the pick-up due to tardiness will not be eligible for a refund.

    In case weather forecasts predict rain during the day of camping, travellers will be accommodated in homestay at Samrad village.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the fireflies camping in Bhandardara to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff.

    Travellers will be required bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
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    • Fireflies Camping Bhandardara Maharashtra Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Fireflies Camping Bhandardara Maharashtra Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Fireflies Camping Bhandardara Maharashtra Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Fireflies Camping Bhandardara Maharashtra Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Fireflies Camping Bhandardara Maharashtra Adventure Travel The Great Next
    • Fireflies Camping Bhandardara Maharashtra Adventure Travel The Great Next
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • 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

    Excludes

    • Travel costs between base city and Kasara

    • Lunch throughout the trip
    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
    • Adventure travel or medical insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable, quick-dry apparel
    • Trekking footwear
    • Windcheater or jacket
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Shirt/t-shirt and track pants
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Denim jeans
    • Hard luggage such as suitcases, trolley bags

    What not to Wear

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

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Vehicles for transport from Kasara-Kasara
    • All equipment required for camping
    • Alpine tents, pillows and blankets
    • Basic first aid kit

    You need to get

    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • ID proof
    • Water bottle
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
    • Insect repellent
    • Dry snacks (biscuits, energy bars etc.)
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.