Rajmachi Fireflies Trek
At a height of 3600 ft above MSL, Rajmachi is situated between Lonavla and Karjat and can be reached from either of these places. Lonavla is the easier route than Karjat. The fortification of Rajmachi consists of twin forts, Srivardhan (the taller one) and Manaranjan. Climb to the 17th Century Srivardhan Fort and get an awe-inspiring glimpse of Lonavla, Duke’s Nose, Ulhas valley, Shirota backwaters and Khandala Ghat.
Fireflies belong to the family of beetles, and not flies as they are commonly mistaken for. These nocturnal winged beetles use bioluminescence, a chemical reaction when oxygen combines with luciferin, which is present in the lower abdomen of the insect to produce light. All fireflies glow as larvae. Bioluminescence serves a different function in the larvae than in adults. It appears to be a warning signal to predators, for, the larvae contains chemicals that are either distasteful or toxic.
The adult male beetles use light to primarily attract their mates. The interested female flashes back from her lower perch and the male flits overhead. What a romantic way of courting! The first few showers of monsoon is the best time to witness the fireflies since this is the time best fit for fireflies to start darting around. Fireflies cannot tolerate heavy raindrops and die. So, make sure you get to witness these lightning bugs with us.
Event : Rajmachi- A Fireflies Special Event
Region : Lonavla, Karjat
Grade : Easy
Max Altitude : 3600 ft
Date : June - 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd.
Charges : 1,600/- Per person
Earlybird Discount available only for first 10 tickets of any date listed above , to be booked before 26th May
DAY 1 - Saturday
11:20 am - Meet us at Lonavala Railway Station and move towards Rajmachi by Jeep.
1:00 pm - Reach Rajmach. Freshen up and have Lunch.
After lunch Stroll around the village. Visit the Kalbhairavnath Temple and Rajmachi Lake.
Around 4pm short trek to Shrivardhan Fort.
Start descending back to Rajmachi village after watching sunset from the peak
7:00 pm - Evening tea.
Once it gets dark, the fireflies get into action, we will go for a forest walk to witness the mesmerizing phenomenon.
9:00 pm - Dinner and then you can laze around fireflies as long as you want or chose to sleep.
Stay in Tents/ village home (depending on weather conditions)
DAY 2 - Sunday
06:30 am - Wake up and freshen up.
07:00 am - Breakfast and have some rest.
08:00 am - Start return journey to Lonavala station.
09:30 am - Disperse at Lonavala railway station.
Catch 10:14 am train from Lonavala railway station
Reach CST by 01:05 pm.
Food: Lunch, evening tea, Dinner, and Breakfast (Veg / Non-veg).
Emergency Equipment: Well-stocked First Aid kits.
Accommodation: Village Homestay (dormitory) / Tents.
Transport: Travelling Lonavala to the base village and Traveling from base village to Lonavala station.
- Train tickets / Expenses to reach Lonavla
- Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption and any kind of personal expenses.
- Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
- All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
- Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.
POINTS TO NOTE:
Transport: In case it rains Jeep will drop only till halfway as the road becomes not motorable, the participant will have to walk 3-6 km. Due to overcrowding during this period, jeeps are sometimes unavailable or overbooked, the participant is requested to wait patiently for their jeep. Missing the train is missing Rajmachi Fireflies Trek, no refund will be provided.
Tents Stay : Tents will be allocated on 2/3/4 sharing basis depending on tent size. (In case of rains, an attempt will be made to provide shelter in the forest/mountain region. Tents cannot be pitched in rains or if its windy or the weather for the night is expected to be bad)
The main focus of the event is Fireflies and this is not a Camping focused event. Tents/dormitory stay are just a medium to provide shelter for the night.
If weather goes bad, accommodation will be provided in homestay/ dormitory instead of tents
Washroom : Washroom is available at a walking distance of 10 min.
IMP : Please make sure you are physically fit to complete the event and have gone through the disclaimer and FAQ / Points to note
THINGS TO CARRY
Identity proof (must)
A haversack / Backpack
Torch with Extra batteries - (Compulsory Per Person)
Water bottle (at least 2 - 3 Litters Compulsory).
Personal Medical Kit
Double pack your valuables/phones in plastic bags.
BE COMFY AT THE TREKS
Trekking shoes , Floaters/flip-flops
Extra pair of clothes.
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc. For Energy while you Trek.
Quick dry towel
THINK ABOUT YOUR HEAD
Frequently asked Questions (FAQ's):
Q: I have booked/paid for the event, is my booking confirmed ?
Ans. No ! , your booking can become invalid if you do not submit the "Most Important Details" required for emergency situations. For any Trek/Adventure event the organizers need to have your details atleast 24 hours prior to the event. We do not allow anyone to campsite until we have complete and authentic details of the person. This info is crucial in case of emergency, and is a mandatory KYC parameter. The link for the "personal details form" will be sent along the ticket confirmation email. Submitting incomplete/incorrect/fake details in the form will make your booking invalid and no refund will be provided in such case.
Q. We are coming by our own vehicle for the event, where should we reach ?
Ans. You need to reach Lonavala Station at scheduled meeting time, from here you can follow our vehicles. After this point cellphone network coverage is bad and our team wont be contactable. You will be given exact coordinates after you finish booking formalities.
Q. How many people will be at the coming for this trek ?
Ans. Depends on number of people booking the event. Generally the batch size is approximately 25 participants.
Q. Is it safe for solo participants?
Ans. Yes, mostly 30% of participants come up solo and blend in.
Q. Is it safe for girls?
Ans. Mischief Treks has a track record of making our trekking and camping events extremely safe for girls. Normally 60 – 75 % of our participants are females.
90% will be refunded if cancelled 60 days in advance.
75% will be refunded if cancelled 50 days in advance.
50% will be refunded if cancelled 40 days in advance.
25% will be refunded if cancelled 30 days in advance.
0% refund if cancelled 0-to-29 days from date of trek.
How to reach:
For Mumbai participants:Suggested train to the board is the 11029/Koyna Express,
For Pune participants : Catch Pune Lonavala local
09:59 Shivaji Nagar