• Trip introduction

    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.


    Located close to the famous Rajmachi Fort, the Kondhane Caves are a group of 16 caves that were initially excavated more than a few centuries ago. Today, the caves have become a popular destination for trekkers due to its close proximity to Lonavala and gorgeous views of dense forests over the Western Ghats. The base village, Kondhane, is a small village that hosts the many trekkers and campers that visit the Kondhane Caves and Rajmachi Fort.

    Destination highlights

    Spot the glowing fireflies on a trek to Kondhane. | Explore the historic, Buddhist caves at Kondhane. | Make a quick getaway from the city life into the lap of nature. | Stay in tents pitched at a picturesque campsite.

    Activity Details




    6 km

    4 Hrs

    3 Km

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of fireflies trek to Kondhane: Spotting fireflies

    Arrive at the Karjat railway station by 15:30 hrs. You can board the 13:10 hrs fast train from CST railway station that arrives at Karjat by 15:04 hrs. From here, you'll board shared, local transport vehicles that will take you to the base village of Kondhane. You'll reach the campsite, located just outside the village, where you'll gather with your fellow trekkers for a quick session of briefing and introductions. As the sun sets over the horizon in the evening, you'll begin trekking to the Kondhane caves and spot twinkling dim fireflies in the trees and shrubs. You'll begin descending back after spending some time at the Kondhane caves and arrive back at the campsite by night. Here, you'll gather around a campfire with your fellow trekkers and have dinner of simple, local cuisine. Overnight at Kondhane campsite in tents.

    Overnight at Kondhane in tents.

    Your trip begins from Karjat railway station on 15:30 hrs. Travel the Kondhane campsite will be arranged in shared vehicles. Today's meal package includes evening snacks and dinner. Evening snacks will be served upon reaching the base village of Kondhane. Dinner will be served after coming back from a hike to spot fireflies. You will be accommodated in alpine tents on a triple-sharing basis. The tents are equipped with bedding, pillows and blankets while the campsite includes common kitchen/dini

    Day 1 Milestone



    15:30 PM


    Evening Snacks | Dinner

    Day 2 of fireflies trek to Kondhane: Return to Mumbai
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 10 days or more before departure of the Kondhane fireflies trek: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 5-10 days before departure of the Kondhane fireflies trek: 50% will be refund.

    For cancellations made 0-5 days before departure of the Kondhane fireflies trek: 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 trek to Kondhane.

    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 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 the Kondhane village.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the fireflies trek to Kondhane 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


    • 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


    • Travel costs between base city and Karjat

    • 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, 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 Karjat-Karjat
    • All equipment required for camping
    • Alpine tents, pillows and blankets
    • Common kitchen/dining tent and toilet tent
    • 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.