Fireflies Trek to Rajmachi

Spot bioluminescent fireflies, trek to the Shrivardhan Fort, stay in the quaint village of Rajmachi and escape into the forests of the Western Ghats. On this fireflies trek to Rajmachi, 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 Rajmachi. A sight to behold, especially in the darkness of the night, these twinkling fireflies will adorn your trail to Rajmachi. Another highlight of the trip, you’ll wake up and head out for an early morning trek to the Shirvardhan Fort, one of the two hill forts near Rajmachi.


Located close to Lonavala, the village of Rajmachi is placed in the rugged mountains of the Sahyadri ranges. The village is named after the Rajmachi Fort, a historic fortification consisting of the twin hill forts of Manaranjan Fort and Shrivardhan Fort. Today, the hills around Rajmachi have become a popular destination for trekkers due to its close proximity to Lonavala and gorgeous views of dense forests over the Western Ghats.

Destination highlights

Spot the glowing fireflies on a trek to Rajmachi. | Explore the historic Shrivardhan Fort. | Make a quick getaway from the city life into the lap of nature.




5 km

3 hrs

5 km

Lonavala railway station by 16:00 hrs

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Lonavala railway station by 11:00 hrs

Shared vehicles

Tungarli Dam

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Arrive at the Lonavala railway station by 16:00 hrs. From Mumbai, you can board the 13:10 hrs fast train from CST to Karjat where you can board a 15:10 hrs Karjat-Pune unreserved local to reach Lonavala railway station. From here, you'll board shared, local transport vehicles that will take you to the Tungarli Dam. Begin trekking from the dam and head towards village of Rajmachi. As the sun sets over the horizon in the evening, you'll spot twinkling dim fireflies in the trees and shrubs. By night, you'll arrive at the Rajmachi village. Overnight at Rajmachi in dormitory.

Overnight at Rajmachi in tents.

Your trip begins from Lonavala railway station on 16:00 hrs. Travel to the Rajmachi village will be arranged in shared vehicles. Today's meal package includes evening snacks and dinner. Evening snacks will be served at Lonavala while dinner will be served upon reaching Rajmachi after a hike to spot fireflies. You will be accommodated in a dormitory on a multi-sharing basis.


Evening Snacks | Dinner


Day 1 Milestone



16:00 PM

Wake up early morning to the peace and quiet of nature. Today, you'll go on a short 30-min trek to the Shrivardhan Fort before returning back to the campsite. After breakfast, you'll pack up and head back to Lonavala. By 11:00 hrs, you'll arrive at the Lonavala railway station, where you can board a train or bus back to Mumbai. Your trip ends here.

Your trip ends before nightfall.

Today's meal package includes breakfast before departure to Lonavala. You'll arrive at the Lonavala railway station by 11:00 hrs. Your trip ends here.




Day 2 Milestone



06:00 AM

Includes / Excludes


  • Travel arrangements from Lonavala-Lonavala in shared vehicles
  • Accommodation in dormitory for one night on multi-sharing basis
  • All meals from evening snacks on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 2
  • Services of experienced trek leader
  • Permit charges and entry fees
  • Basic first aid kit
  • All applicable taxes


  • Travel costs between base city and Lonavala
  • 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 Lonavala-Lonavala
  • 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.

Cancellation policy

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

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

For cancellations made 0-5 days before departure of the Rajmachi 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 Rajmachi.

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 Karjat on the fast train to Karjat departing CST at 13:10 hrs.

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

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