Karjat can be reached by a fast local train from CST station, Mumbai. It can also be reached via road.
A unique experience in so many ways, the Kondana Caves fireflies trek doesn't just take you through ancient Buddhist caves, but it does so in the dark of the night! You'll enjoy an hour-long night trek through a dark forest, and explore the caves at night. A thrilling journey completely navigated with nothing but the flickering of the fireflies hovering above you and the torches in your hands. Top this up with incredible ghost stories and a chance to stay in a local village for the night, and you'll have a weekend adventure that you'll never forget.
This adventure is quite easy to get to, so is perfect for a weekend adventure getaway from Mumbai or Pune. The Kondana Caves are located at the foot of the Rajmachi fort, near Karjat. The caves themselves are ancient Buddhist caves, and are fine specimens of intricate art. You'll enjoy exploring them as much as seeing the fireflies dancing in the dark.
Experience the magic of glowing fireflies on this trek to Kondana Caves. | Embark on a thrilling trek through dense forests at night. | Stay in a local village to experience the traditional lifestyle. | Explore the beautiful Buddhist architecture of Kondana Caves.
Begin your journey by catching the local train from CST to Karjat. Reach Karjat by 18:30 hrs so that you can make it to the base village of Kondivade by 20:00 hrs, via a drive. Once in the village, enjoy a hot dinner at a villagers' house before setting of on the trek to Kondana caves. You'll start trekking at 22:00 hrs, and will see the glow of fireflies as you walk. Once in the cave, you'll have some time to explore and take in the atmosphere. Overnight at Kondivade in homestay.
Overnight in homestay.
Spend your night in the Kondivade village in a local villager's home, where you will be given a welcome drink and a home-cooked dinner. You'll have to carry your own sleep mat and sleeping bag. A temporary camping toilet will be set up for your convenience.
For cancellations made 21 days or more before departure of the Kondana Caves fireflies trek: 100% refund.
For cancellations made 16-21 days before departure of the Kondana Caves fireflies trek: 75% refund.
For cancellations made 8-15 days before departure of the Kondana Caves fireflies trek: 50% refund.
For cancellations made 0-7 days before departure of the Kondana Caves fireflies trek: No refund.
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Consumption of liquor, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the fireflies trek to Kondana Caves.
Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.
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