• Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination highlights

    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.

    Activity Details




    6 kms

    2 hrs

    6 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the fireflies trek to Kondana Caves: Spot fireflies!

    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.

    Day 1 Milestone


    Kondivade Village

    16:30 PM



    Day 2 of the fireflies trek Kondana Caves: Return to Karjat
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  • Cancellation policy

    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.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    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.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trek guide during the fireflies trek to Kondana Caves.

    A basic level of health and fitness is required to book this trip. If you have any cardiac or respiratory conditions, or suffer from knee or spinal problems, please inform the tour operator and consult your doctor before booking the fireflies trek to Kondana Caves.

    The tour operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of the travellers and shall not be held responsible for any mishap or accident during the fireflies trek to Kondana Caves.

    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


    • Transportation from Karjat to Karjat by local transport

    • Evening refreshment
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    • Accommodation at a village home
    • Expertise and guide for your trek
    • All applicable taxes


    • Any transfers to Karjat and back

    • Train tickets
    • Glass, bowl, spoon and plate
    • Sleeping bag, mat and bedsheet
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
    • Insurance of any kind
    • Personal expenses like additional snacks or beverages

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable camping clothes such as full sleeve t-shirt and jeans
    • Raincoat
    • Jacket
    • Night wear
    • Undergarments
    • Sweater
    • Extra pair of clothes
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or watches
    • Slippers

    What not to Wear

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

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Local transport to Karjat and back
    • Trek guide

    You need to get

    • 2 Litre water bottle
    • Electral powder
    • Energy bars and dry snacks (dry fruits, biscuits, plum cakes )
    • Good gripped trekking shoes
    • Personal medication and first aid kit
    • Toiletries (napkin, facewash, tissue paper, tooth brush, tooth paste etc.)
    • Moisturizer
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Backpack
    • Camera (optional)
    • Glass, bowl, spoon and plate
    • Sleeping bag, mat and bedsheet
    • ID proof
    • Torch

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.