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  • Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination

    Bhandardara, located in close proximity to Mumbai and Pune, is a popular holiday destination near Igatpuri. Located on the banks of the vast Lake Arthur fed by the waters of the Pravara River, the little village of Bhandardara is surrounded by rough mountains and abundant greenery. After hiking to spot the glowing fireflies in the darkness of the night, you'll stay in the tents pitched at a photogenic campsite. For a perfect weekend getaway, you'll spend the night having fun with your fellow campers and reconnect with nature at a beautiful campsite.

    Destination highlights

    Spot the glowing fireflies on a camping trip in Bhandardara. | Spend the weekend in the midst of nature. | Stay in tents pitched at a picturesque campsite.

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Bhandardara fireflies camp: Spotting fireflies

    Arrive at the Kasara railway station by 15:00 hrs. You can board the 12:28 hrs fast train from CST that arrives at Kasara by 14:55 hrs. From here, you'll board jeeps or other private vehicles that will take you to Bhandardara. En route, you will eat a packed lunch. After reaching the campsite at Bhandardara, you'll undergo a quick orientation session and take a short sunset walk around the campsite. Once the sun is down, the glow of the fireflies will become more prominent. Spot fireflies in trees, behind rocks and every nook and cranny of bushes and shrubs. You'll return to the campsite by midnight for hot dinner, stargazing and campfire. Overnight at Bhandardara campsite in tents.

    Overnight at Bhandardara in tents.

    Your trip begins from Kasara railway station on 15:00 hrs. Travel the Bhandardara campsite will be arranged in jeep or similar private vehicle. Today's meal package includes lunch and dinner. Lunch may be a packed lunch served en route to the Bhandardara campsite. Dinner will be served after coming back from a hike to spot fireflies. You will be accommodated in shared alpine tents with pillows and blankets. You may upgrade to a twin-sharing tent for an additional cost.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Kasara

    Bhandardara

    15:00 PM

    Food

    Lunch | Dinner

    Veg
    Day 2 of the Bhandardara fireflies camp: Return to Mumbai
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 6 days before departure of the Bhandardara fireflies camp: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 6-3 days before departure of the Bhandardara fireflies camp: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 3 days before departure of the Bhandardara fireflies camp: 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 trip in Bhandardara.

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

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Trip cost for children aged 6-12 years is charged at a discounted rate of INR 1,750 per child. Trip cost for children older than 12 years of age is charged at full price.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the camp at 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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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • 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

    Excludes

    • Travel costs between base city and Kasara

    • 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.
    • 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

    What not to Wear

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

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Jeep or similar private vehicle 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 (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.