Bhandardhara - Fireflies Festival 2022 - Camping

Hop-in with a 50% discount for Bhandardhara Fireflies camping & trek 2022. This is one of the top 5 and most budget-friendly locations to witness the mating dance of fireflies this May 2022 and June 2022. Bhandardhara Fireflies Festival - The camping event starts from just 500/- One of the best options to see fireflies near Mumbai is the Bhandardhara fireflies festival camping. Bhandardara is a famous commercial location, it is known for its natural scenic beauty and is surrounded by beautiful mountains where people can spend time in the arms of nature. We provide homemade food which will rejuvenate your taste buds. Stargazing and watching star constellations is another attraction where if u are lucky then can witness shooting stars too.

Bhandardhara - Fireflies festival 2022 - Camping

Join us for the upcoming batches in May and June 2022 to experience the thrill of walking through the forest region to spot the fireflies. This camping event is safe and suitable for girls, women, kids, families, groups, and solo travelers coming alone for the camping. Here at Bhandardhara Fireflies Festival organized by Mischief Treks, you get to experience the sound of chirping birds and calm water rippling is the beauty of lakeside camping. The ambiance is breathtaking and relaxing to rejuvenate.

  • Category: Fireflies Festival Camping 2022, suitable for beginners.

  • Duration: Overnight Camping

  • Venue: Bhandardhara Dam.

  • Address: Bhandardhara, Maharashtra.

  • Date: 28-May-2022, 04-June-2022, 11-June-2022, and 18-June-2022

  • Fees: Rs.1200 per participant.
    ( 2,400 website booking discount )
    Kids up to 7 years will be charged Rs. 500 without transport. With transport it's Rs. 999

Pickup Information / Travel Options

  1. You can reach the campsite in your own vehicle. We will be sharing GPS locations and directions/instructions on the WhatsApp group.
    Camping fees with this option will be Rs. 1200 per person

  2. Camping & Pickup/Drop from Kasara Railway Station
    Pickup/Drop Time: 5:30 PM / next day 9:00 AM
    Camping fees with this option will be
    Rs. 1600 per person

  3. Fireflies Festival 2022, Bus Pickup/Drop from Mumbai
    Pickup/Drop Time: 5:30 PM / next day 1:00 PM
    Camping fees with this pickup option will be
    Rs. 2200 per person

⚠️ Booking closes once slots are sold out.
Book well in advance to avoid missing out.

Click here for a Photo Album of Fireflies Festival
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DETAILED ITINERARY - Bhandardhara Camping - Fireflies Festival

Three hours prior to the event date and time, we will be creating a WhatsApp group for coordination purposes. Exact GPS locations for each pickup point, coordinator contact, Live location of the bus, etc will be shared in the group.

Day 1 - Saturday

Those coming by own vehicle need to reach the meeting point Kasara, before 5.00 pm and follow our vehicles till trek location.
Bus Transport
01:30 pm 🚐 Sion - Station
01:42 pm 🚐
Bandra - Kala Nagar WEH Bus Stop
02:00 pm 🚐
Andheri - WEH Metro Station Bus Stop
02:12 pm 🚐 Goregaon - Oberoi Mall
02:22 pm 🚐 Borivali - Omkareshwaer Mandir
02:33 pm 🚐 Kashmira Police station
02:43 pm 🚐 Fountain Hotel
03.00 pm 🚐 Kasarvadvali Junction
03:15 pm 🚐 Majiwada - After the flyover on Nashik Highway
03:35 pm 🚐 Kalyan Bhiwandi bypass
04.55 pm 🚐
Kasara meeting point (Baba da Dhaba)
Around 6:30 pm we shall reach the campsite and enjoy the beautiful nature around you.

Those who have opted for pick up and drop from Kasara Local train station need to board CSMT-KASARA local train at these timings from a station nearest to you.
CSMT-2:17pm, Dadar-2:32, Kurla-2:40, Ghatkopar-2:44, Thane-3:00, Dombivli-3:16, Kalyan-3:26, and reach Kasara at 4:41 pm. Once the train reaches the station local jeeps will be waiting outside the station to take you to the campsite.

7.00 pm: Allocation of Tents
7.15 pm: Introduction round
7.30 pm: Relax and Team-games
09.00 pm: Dinner
10:00 pm: Walk for spotting fireflies.
11.30 pm: You can choose to sit/lay down for the night enjoying the mesmerizing weather for as long as you want.

Day 2 - Sunday

07:00 AM - Wake Up Call.
08:00 AM -Breakfast and boating
08:30 AM - Chill in lake water
10.00 AM - Start return journey towards Mumbai

You will reach Mumbai around 1/2pm depending upon the traffic.

INCLUSIONS

  • Dinner Veg/Jain (Saturday)

  • Morning breakfast & tea (Sunday)

  • Fireflies sighting

  • Tent Stay OR Alternate Stay arrangement

  • Transport ( if opted for)

  • First Aid Guide & expertise charges.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expense

  • Personal vehicle parking charges

  • Rescue charges

  • Soft Drinks

  • Bottled water

  • Things not covered in inclusions

Important Points to note regarding Fireflies Festival 2022

Transport: The bus will take you to the Camping location directly, there's no trekking involved.

Tents Stay: A Styrofoam mattress will be provided in the tents to keep you comfortable. Tents will be allocated on 2/3/4 sharing basis depending on the tent size available at the time of booking. (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)

Washroom: The washroom is available within a walking distance of 3 min.

The main focus of this event is watching "Fireflies" and this is not a Camping focused event. Tents/dormitory stay is just a medium to provide shelter for the night.

If the weather goes bad, accommodation will be provided in a homestay/dormitory instead of the tents.

This is the Monsoon season and camping is best suited in winter and summers when it's not too windy or rainy. If the weather goes bad, accommodation will be provided in homestay/ dormitory/temp shelter, etc. instead of tents, or maybe the tents will be set up at a shelter location. Please do not book this event if your focus is on luxury/comfort camping only. This is specifically a Fireflies-focused event and due to weather conditions, all other things need to be handled as per the best-suited option basis.
The event schedule, itinerary, group composition, and all operational aspects are subject to change without prior notice. In these uncertain times, we will try to do our best to get things rolling but unavoidable circumstances may impact the operations.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you are physically fit to complete the event and "Before booking" you have read, understood, and agreed to all the Points to note, Disclaimer, Details, and things explained in FAQs
Fireflies Festival is based on natural phenomena, just like rain/clouds, etc... as per the past few years' patterns, the events have been lined up from 21st May to mid of June. During this period on some occasions, we will be able to spot thousands of fireflies, and sometimes we may barely get to see a few. The first the last batch will have less number of fireflies. We recommend opting for batches starting 28th May.

THINGS TO CARRY FOR FIREFLIES FESTIVAL

Mandatory

  • Identity Proof (must)

  • Torch with extra battery (Must)

  • A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs)

  • Please avoid wearing Gold or carrying precious items.

  • Shoes with good grip

  • Mosquito repellent

For comfort at the event

  • Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.

  • Sleeping Bag or bedsheet to add on to comfort level in the tent.

  • Medicine those u require usually.

  • Wind & waterproof jacket & pant

  • Powerbank , Camera.

TRAIN TO REACH BHANDARDHARA FIREFLIES FESTIVAL

How to reach:

For Mumbai participants: Suggested train to the board is the CSMT-KASARA local train at 02:17 PM to reach Bhandardhara fireflies festival.

CSMT-2:17 pm

Dadar-2:32 pm

Kurla-2:40 pm

Ghatkopar-2:44 pm

Thane-3:00 pm

Dombivli-3:16 pm

Kalyan-3:26 pm

Kasara at 4:41 pm

Points to Note and FAQ's

Following are the frequently asked questions regarding Bhandardhara Fireflies Festival - Camping and Trek

Q: I have booked/paid for the event, is my booking confirmed for Bhandardahara Fireflies Festival?

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 at least 24 hours prior to the event. We do not allow anyone to the campsite until we have complete and authentic details of the person. This info is crucial in case of an emergency and is a mandatory KYC parameter. The link for the "personal details form" will be sent on WhatsApp immediately after you complete the booking instructions mentioned on the website. Submitting incomplete/incorrect/fake details in the form will make your booking invalid and no refund will be provided in such case.

Q. How do we get in touch after reaching the meeting point for Bhandardahara Fireflies Festival?

Ans. We will be creating a WhatsApp group for coordination where you will be provided all the necessary information regarding the contact person, exact point to meet, GPS coordinates etc..

Q. How many people will share the tent OR can we have a separate tent for ourselves?

Ans. We have tents of 3 different sizes. 2/3/4 person capacity tents, you can choose from any of these as per the number of persons coming along with you (depending on availability). Tent size is as per standard international norms for tents. The 3-person tent has dimensions of 200 x 200 x 130 cm. The 4 person tent has dimensions 220 x 250 x 150cm. Bhandardhara Fireflies Camping is not a luxury/recreational camping event. A basic tent setup will be provided for shelter.

Q. What is provided in meals/food at Bhandardhara Fireflies Festival?

Ans. The meal will consist of veg and nonveg options. rice, chapati, daal, seasonal veg, salad, chicken curry.

Q. How many people will be coming for Bhandardhara Fireflies Festival - Camping?

Ans. Depends on the number of people booking the event. Generally, the batch size is approximately 25-35 participants. Bhandardhara is a Public place and we have no access to data on other organizers' bookings hence we cannot comment on the exact number of people planning to visit this place on a given date.

Q. Does the campsite have a Washroom Facility?

Ans. We have washroom available at 3 min walking distance.

Q. Is Bhandardhara Fireflies Festival safe for solo participants?

Ans. Yes, mostly 30% of participants come up solo and blend in.

Q. What all things are provided in the tent at Bhandardhara Fireflies Festival?

Ans. The tent contains a Styrofoam mat which is similar to a yoga mat. We suggest you to bring (optional) a bedsheet or blanket to add on to the comfort levels.

Q. Can we pay in cash or installment for Bhandardhara Fireflies Festival?

Ans. Sorry, we do not accept cash payments. Advance booking is mandatory with 100% payment.

Q. We are coming by our own vehicle for a camping event where should we reach and is parking available at the location?

Ans. You need to reach "Baba Da Dhaba" at the scheduled meeting time, the "Dhaba" is at 10 min driving distance from kasara station. After this point cellphone network coverage is bad and maybe our team wont be contactable on phone. You will be given exact map coordinates after you finish booking formalities. Open parking space is available near the campsite at your own risk.

Q. How should I book the Bhandardhara Fireflies event ?

Ans. All you have to do is press the book tickets button on this page and follow the instructions.

Q. How far is the campsite from Kasara station OR Mumbai?

Ans. From Kasara station is 65km - 1hour 50 min, and from Mumbai it is 165km - 4 hours 30 min by road.

Q. What are the batch dates for the fireflies festival in Bhandardhara, Maharashtra?

Ans. 21-May-2022, 28-May-2022, 04-June-2022, 11-June-2022, and 18-June-2022 are the batch dates for Rajmachi Fireflies Festival organized by Mischief Treks.

Q. Do fireflies bite?

Ans. Unlike many other insects, fireflies give off a friendly vibe. They don't bite, they have no pincers, they don't attack, they don't carry disease, they are not poisonous, and they don't even fly very fast.

Q. What time of year do fireflies appear?

Ans. In India, Fireflies start appearing during May-end and are visible till June.

Q. Can fireflies hurt me?

Ans. Fireflies do contain toxins, But they are harmless to humans unless eaten in massive quantities.

Q. Are fireflies safe?

Ans. Fireflies can be poisonous. When predators attack, they start β€œreflex bleeding,” and produce drops of blood filled with nasty chemicals that are poisonous to lizards and birds. They're not great for humans, either, so don't try eating them!

Q. Why do Fireflies glow?

Ans. The light that the firefly produces is a chemical reaction caused by an organic compound in their abdomens. The compound is called luciferin. As air rushes into a firefly's abdomen, it reacts with luciferin. It causes a chemical reaction that gives off the firefly its glow. They don't use 'Fair and lovely' or 'Glow and lovely'.

Q. Where are fireflies found?

Ans. Fireflies are found in temperate and tropical regions on every continent. They are most commonly seen on summer evenings.

Q. Are Fireflies decreasing in India?

Ans. In India, there are only about 7-8 species of fireflies left; there are more than 2,000 species across the world. So you can say that fireflies are decreasing in India.

Q. What time do Fireflies come out at night?

Ans. Fireflies are visible all night, they are most numerous between the hours of midnight and 1 a.m. If it is pouring, they will not appear. Even if you don't see fireflies after the sun rises, they're still lurking in the tall grasses.

Q. Do fireflies make noise?

Ans. No, the fireflies produce a sound by moving their wings, and the fireflies themselves can't hear this frequency.

Q. Can fireflies be in rain?

Ans. Yes, Fireflies can be in rain, the air temperature and rainfall play a huge role when they emerge. Since they feed on snails, slugs, and pillbugs, which are brought out by the rain and moist environment, fireflies like the muggy weather.

Q. Why do fireflies glow at only at night?

Ans. Fireflies mostly only glow at night because that's when the males are trying to get the attention of female fireflies.

Q. Are there fireflies in India?

Ans. There are eight firefly species in India, and they are the most abundant in the humid forests of the Sahyadri area, part of the Western Ghats mountain range.

Q. When can we see fireflies in India?

Ans. Ideally, the best time to watch these fireflies in India is during the pre-monsoon months of May and June. Particularly during the first two weeks of June because it is the peak mating season for fireflies.

Q. Why are fireflies disappearing in India?

Ans. Habitat loss, light pollution from artificial night lights, and pesticides are considered to be the biggest threats to the firefly population in India and around the world.

Q. Are fireflies extinct in India?

Ans. In India, there are only about 7-8 species of fireflies left; there are more than 2,000 species across the world. So you can say that fireflies are decreasing in India. They aren't extinct yet but if we don't take care of our environment one day they surely will go extinct.

Q. Where can I see fireflies near Mumbai/Pune/Nashik?

Ans. The fireflies are generally found in Lonavala, Igatpuri, Bhandardara, Prabalmachi, and Purushwadi villages. If you live in or nearby these areas, you can easily watch them. Fireflies festival Maharashtra is a seasonal event.

Q. Where can I see fireflies near Mumbai?

Ans. Around Mumbai, there are many destinations to spot Fireflies in Rajmachi Village, Siddhagad Wadi, Prabalmachi village, Bhandardara, Ghatghar, Kothaligad, Kondane Caves and Purushwadi, etc. We at Mischief Treks organize Firefly Festival at multiple locations like Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Bhandardhara, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, and Mischief Treks Special Location.

Q. Where can I watch fireflies in India?

Ans. The Western Ghats are probably one of the best places to see these fireflies in action and here are our top 6 destinations. Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Bhandardhara, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, and Mischief Treks Special Location.

Q. Where can I watch fireflies near Mumbai/Pune/Nashik?

Ans. Around Mumbai/ Pune/ Nashik, there are many destinations to spot Fireflies in Rajmachi Village, Siddhagad Wadi, Prabalmachi village, Bhandardara, Ghatghar, Kothaligad, Kondane Caves and Purushwadi, etc. We at Mischief Treks organize Firefly Festival at multiple locations like Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Bhandardhara, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, and Mischief Treks Special Location.

Q. Where can we see fireflies in Maharashtra?

Ans. The Western Ghats are probably one of the best places to see these fireflies in action and here are our top 6 destinations. Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Bhandardhara, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, and Mischief Treks Special Location.

Q. When can we see fireflies in Maharashtra?

Ans. Ideally, the best time to watch these fireflies in Maharashtra is during the pre-monsoon months of May and June. Particularly during the first two weeks of June because it is the peak mating season for fireflies.

Q. Do fireflies glow to mate?

Ans. The glowing light of fireflies is used by the insects to signal mates, and also it warns predators that the bugs will leave a bad taste in the mouth.

Cancellation, Rescheduling & Refund Policy.

  • 90% will be refunded if canceled 15 days (360+ hrs) in advance.

  • 75% will be refunded if canceled 10 days (240+ hrs) in advance.

  • 50% will be refunded if canceled 05 days (120+ hrs) in advance.

  • 0% refund if canceled in less than 05 days (120 hours) of the event date and time.

  • 0% refund if the participant drops out, misses bus pickup, or does not reach the meeting point on the scheduled date and time.

If the event itself gets canceled, you will be given the option to switch to any other event or any other date, Or you can opt for a 100% refund. If you need to cancel your current booking and/or reschedule your booking to any other date, it can be done free of cost if the rescheduling request is sent 120 hours prior to the trek. From 0hrs - 120 hours prior to the trek date and time free rescheduling is not permitted. It will be counted as cancellation done in less than 120hours of the event date and time. It's a humble request, please do not give medical reasons, crib, argue or try to blackmail us if you drop out or cancel/reschedule the trek in the last 5days. The basis of the cancelation policy is to protect the participant and the organizers from undue financial losses arising out of unforeseen situations. If the event gets canceled due to the medical/personal emergency of the organising team member, the participants will not have to suffer financial loss. Similarly, if there is a medical/personal emergency at the participant's end, the organizing team will not have to suffer financial loss.