Travellers from Mumbai can board the local train to Karjat departing CST railway station at 16:30 hrs in order to reach the pick-up point on time.
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Have you been waiting all year round to witness the magical phenomenon of fireflies? Well, the season is finally here! This unique trek to Kondana Caves offers you the opportunity to enjoy an hour long night trek through a dark forest glowing with a cloud of fireflies. With the light yellow of dancing fireflies, you'll follow a nature trail and explore the peculiar Buddhist caves at Kondana. All throughout, the swarm of fireflies in the dense woods will surely make this trek a rewarding weekend getaway.
The historic Kondana Caves near Karjat feature ancient Buddhist ruins of sculptures, fascinating wall-carvings, intricate artwork and architecutre. These centuries-old caves are carved inside the mountain, hidden from the dense forest that grows outside. The Kondana base village, located near the group of caves, is easily accessible from Mumbai and Pune, making it an ideal weekend destination for hundreds of visitors.
Spot flickering fireflies on this trek to Kondana Caves. | Observe the elegant Buddhist architecture of Kondana Caves. | Stay in a local village home-stay. | Sign up for a weekend trek amidst lush greenery.
Report to the Karjat railway station by 16:30 hrs. Here, you'll hop onto a tum-tum and arrive the Kondhane village. Enjoy a hot dinner and begin the trek to Kondana Caves by 22:00 hrs. You'll see the flickering fireflies all around as you ascend the trail through a dark forest. Explore the caves, get nocturnal views of the forest and descend back to the base village. Overnight in a home-stay at Kondhane village.
Overnight in a home-stay at Kondhane.
Spend your night in the Kondhane 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.
Karjat railway station
For cancellations made 8 days or more before departure of the Kondana Caves fireflies trek: 75% refund.
For cancellations made 4-7 days before departure of the Kondana Caves fireflies trek: 50% refund.
For cancellations made less than 4 days before departure of the Kondana Caves fireflies trek: 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.
Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like 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 any disturbance.
Travellers are required to follow all instructions of the trek guide during the fireflies trek to Kondana Caves.
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