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  • Trip introduction

    Early monsoon is the season of fireflies, when the forests of Western Ghats are lit up by a crowd of bioluminescent, blooming insects. The Rajmachi trail is one of the best ways to observe these fireflies, fluttering from trees to bushes with a yellow glow. This overnight Rajmachi trek leads you on this trail with a night trek through dense, bushy forests near Lonavala. After a night spent spotting fireflies and sleeping in alpine tents, you will trek to the famous Rajmachi Fort and see the lush greenery of the valley from atop the fort.

    Destination

    The Rajmachi Fort, perched atop the Sahyadri hills at an altitude of more than 2,700 feet, dates back to the 17th century. The fort has seen its fair share of history and has now become a popular destination for weekend treks near Mumbai. At the foot of the fort is a small village called Udhewadi which acts as the base village for this fireflies trek. The forest surrounding the village and the trail uphill comes abuzz with a hundreds of fireflies as the early monsoon showers inspire a sudden overgrowth of greenery.

    Destination highlights

    Observe the forest lit up by hundreds of fireflies. | Trek uphill to visit the historic Rajmachi Fort. | Spend a night in tents pitched at a scenic campsite.

    Activity Details

    2021

    2710

    2021

    15 km

    7 hrs

    7 km

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Rajmachi Fireflies Trek: Spot fireflies at Rajmachi

    Report to the Lonavala railway station at 17:00 hrs. Here, you'll meet your trek leader and begin a drive towards the Udhewadi village. Mid-way, you'll get down from the vehicle and begin trekking to Udhewadi. En route, you will get to observe a fluttering fireflies all around you. After reaching the village, you'll set up your campsite, have some dinner and head out for a night hike to explore the surrounding. Overnight in tents at Rajmachi campsite.

    Overnight in tents at the Rajmachi campsite.

    You will reach the base camp near Rajmachi Fort by 20:00 hrs. Dinner will be served at the campsite. You'll spend the night in tents. If it rains, accommodation may be shifted to a local home-stay. Please carry a blanket for overnight use since sleeping bags will not be provided.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Lonavala

    Rajmachi

    05:30 AM

    Food

    Dinner

    Veg
    Day 2 of the Rajmachi Fireflies Trek: Explore the Rajmachi Fort
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 8 days before departure of the Rajmachi fireflies trek: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 4-7 days before the departure of the Rajmachi fireflies trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 3 days before departure of the Rajmachi fireflies trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to follow all instructions of the trek leader during the Rajmachi fireflies trek.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek.

    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

    The meeting point for this Rajmchi fireflies trek is the Lonavala railway station at 17:00 hrs. Travellers from Mumbai may board the Sinhagad Express departing the CST railway station at 14:30 hrs, while travellers from Pune may board the Pune-Lonavala train departing Pune railway station at 15:00 hrs.

    Please note that sleeping bags will not be provided for the overnight stay in tents. Travellers are requested to carry their own bedsheets or blankets.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the Rajmachi fireflies trek to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff. Any additional cost arising from such a change in itinerary will be borne by the travellers.

    Travellers are requested to be punctual in arriving at the pick-up point of the Rajmachi fireflies trek. Tardiness in reaching the pick-up point will lead to missing the departure without any refund.
    • Fireflies Trek Camping Rajmachi Lonavala Maharashtra India The Great Next
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Travel arrangements, as per itinerary, in a local jeep or similar vehicle

    • All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 2
    • Accommodation in tents for 1 night on a triple/quad-sharing basis
    • Services of an experienced trek leader and support crew
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Travel arrangements between your home city and Lonavala

    • Personal expenses such as extra meals or beverages, apparel or gear etc.
    • Costs due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Full-sleeved shirt/t-shirt
    • Full-length track pants
    • Sports shoes
    • Extra pair of dry clothes
    • Not to wear - Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Denim jeans
    • Restrictive or uncomfortable clothing

    What not to Wear

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

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Tents for accommodation
    • Local jeep or similar vehicle for transport, as per itinerary

    You need to get

    • Backpack
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Sleeping bags or bed sheets
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Dry snacks (energy bars, dry fruits etc.)
    • Water bottle (2+ ltrs)
    • Sun cap/hat and sunglasses
    • Light towel or napkins
    • Insect repellent

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.