Prabalmachi Fireflies festival 2022 - Camping and Trek - Rs.599/-

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. Prabalmachi Fireflies Festival - Camping and Trekking event starts from just 599/-.

Prabalmachi Fireflies festival 2022 - Camping and Trek

Prabalmachi Fireflies Camping location is situated on a plateau. The route for this location involves a hike to the plateau. You can go to this fireflies festival with your group of friends solo travel is not recommended at Prabalmachi, Maharashtra. Here, You will get to experience the Fireflies Festival in the cheapest way, but as you are aware cheap locations are always extremely overcrowded and hence you need to be prepared for it.
Mischief Treks crew/team does NOT conduct this camping event as it's a "book-&-go" category location. Our role in this camping event is limited to facilitating the booking process only. This is a common public camping event and NOT a group event hosted by Mischief Treks crew. For a traditional style camping experience i.e. group with a personalized touch, you can consider Mischief Treks - Fireflies Festival 2022

  • Category: Fireflies Festival Camping 2022, Overcrowded Location.

  • Duration: Overnight Camping

  • Venue: Prabalmachi.

  • Address: Prabalmachi, Panvel, Maharashtra.

  • Date: 20-May-2023, 27-May-2023, 03-June-2023, 10-June-2023, 17-June-2023

  • Fees: Rs.599 per participant.
    ( Rs.1200 website booking discount )

Travel Options

  1. You can reach the campsite in your own vehicle. We will be sharing GPS locations and directions/instructions on WhatsApp after the booking is done.
    Camping fees with this option will be Rs. 599 per person

  2. Camping & Local transport from Panvel Railway Station
    Local rikshaw is available from Panvel station for Prabalmachi.
    Camping fees with this option will be
    Rs. 599 per person

⚠️ Booking closes 6 days prior to the date and time of the event.
Book well in advance to avoid missing out.

DETAILED ITINERARY - PRABALMACHI FIREFLIES FESTIVAL 2022


DAY 1 - Saturday

Reach the camping location by 04:00 pm. Parking is available at the base of Prabalmachi.

05:00 pm - Reach Prabalmachi, Freshen up, and relax at the campsite. Around 9 pm dinner will be ready.

After Dinner you can go for a night walk in the forest with help of the camp in-charge to spot fireflies.

12:00 pm - After the night walk you can laze around as long as you want or chose to sleep.

Stay in Tents/ village home (depending on weather conditions)


DAY 2 - Sunday

05:00 am - Wake up and get ready for Kalavantin Pinnacle Trek (Optional ).

05:15 am - Start trek towards Kalavantin Pinnacle.

06:15 am - Reach Top and Enjoy Sunrise, Photography, Take rest for some time.

Start Descending.

09:00 am - Reach Campsite and have Breakfast.

09:15 am - Descend to the base village Thakurwadi.

10:30 am - Start the journey to Panvel.

12:00 pm - Reach Panvel railway station.

Catch 12:08 pm train from Panvel railway station.

Reach CST by 1:27 pm.

INCLUSIONS

Food: Dinner, and Breakfast (Veg/Jain food).

Emergency Equipment: Well-stocked First Aid kits.

Accommodation: Tent / Village Homestay (dormitory)

Transport: not included


EXCLUSIONS

  • Train tickets / Expenses to reach Panvel and to Campsite.

  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption and any kind of personal expenses.

  • Any cost that is not mentioned in the inclusion section above.

  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.

  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.

How to Reach: To get accurate travel info...
1. Open Google search tab
2. Type the following words in search window "My location to prabalmachi distance"
3. You shall get the exact time required to travel, modes of travel, and distance (kilometers) from your location

Important Points to Note regarding Prabalmachi - Fireflies Festival 2022


Transport: You need to reach Prabalmachi Fireflies Festival either using your own vehicle -OR- you can hire a taxi/cab. An official parking lot is available at the Prabalmachi base. From there you need to walk up to the Prabalmachi plateau.

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 2 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,
camp incharge will try to do his 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. You need to be prepared for Overcrowding at Prabalmachi as it's a public event and not the one governed by Mischief Treks.
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,
you 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. Make sure you have gone through the FAQ section.

THINGS TO CARRY FOR PRABALMACHI FIREFLIES FESTIVAL

THINGS TO CARRY - Rajmachi Fireflies Festival 2022:

  • Identity Proof (must)

  • Torch with extra battery (Must)

  • A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs)

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

  • Optional- Extra Mats/Sleeping Bag or blanket to add on to comfort level in the tent.

  • Rain protection gear.

  • Medicine that you require usually

  • Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments or carrying precious items.

  • Extra pair of clothes.

TRAINS TO REACH PRABALMACHI FIREFLIES FESTIVAL

How to reach:

For Mumbai participants: Suggested train to the board is the CSMT - Panvel local at 01:30 pm to reach Prabalmachi fireflies festival.

01:30 PM CSMT

01:48 PM Vadala

02:19 PM Vashi

02:28 PM Nerul

02:39 PM Khargar

02:50 PM Panvel

Points to Note and FAQ's

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

Q: What is the basic location information regarding Prabalmachi?

Ans. Prabalmachi is an unseen offbeat village en route to Kalavantin & Prabalgad Trek, its name itself indicates its huge plateau & offering a magnificent view of Prabalgad Fort & Kalavantin Pinnacle. Prabalgad Fort is located in between Matheran and Panvel in Raigad District in Maharashtra State. The structure is built at a height of 2300 feet in the Sahyadris Mountain Range. Prabalgad Fort is settled on a top of a plateau. Prabalgad consists of a sister fort which is named as Irshalgad Fort. It is situated in the vicinity of the main fort. Irshalgad is comparatively smaller in area. However, there is numerous water reservoir that was cut from the rock. It is a huge Plateau provides one of the best locations for camping.

Q: I have booked/paid for the event, is my booking confirmed for Prabalmachi 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. Why is submitting emergency contact details and KYC information mandatory?

Ans. Its a standard protocol and also a guideline by Govt of India. We are accountable for every "Human-Body" present at the campsite or trek is our responsibility and in case of any unfortunate event we will be asked by authorities to provide all relevant information about you. In order to comply with the authorities we have to take authentic information from you. Fake/Incomplete information or non-submission of the details will make your ticket (paid amount) invalid and no refund will be provided in such case. You will not be allowed to participate in the event.

Q. Does the cancellation policy/rescheduling policy apply to me if I book on event day or last day?

Ans: Yes, the policy is applicable irrespective of the booking date. The cancellation / reschedule policy is applicable to everyone with immediate effect from the date and time of booking. The refunds/rescheduling requests will be processed based on the date and time of cancellation/reschedule request sent to us and the date and time of booking the event are irrelevant.

Q. What is the basis of cancellation/reschedule policy in case of medical or personal emergency of participant or organizing team?

Ans: The cancellation policy is based on fairness towards the participant and the organizing team. In case of medical/personal emergency, the loss arising out of cancellation/reschedule will be borne by the respective person. i.e. if the organizing team faces an emergency situation and the event gets canceled, the participant will not have to suffer financial loss. Similarly, if the participant faces an emergency situation, the organizing team will not have to suffer financial loss. The cancellation policy is designed with a completely unbiased approach towards the participant and organizing team and is aimed at fairness towards both.

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

Ans. 3 hours prior to the event date and time you will be provided all the necessary information regarding the contact person, exact point to meet 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 size . 3/4/5 person capacity tents, you can choose from any of these as per 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 200 x 200 x 130 cm. The 4 person tent has dimensions 220 x 250 x 150cm. Prabalmachi Fireflies is not a luxury camping event. Basic tent setup will be provided for shelter.

Q. What is provided in meals at Prabalmachi Fireflies Festival?

Ans. The meal will consist of veg and Jain food options. rice, chapati, daal, seasonal veg, salad. This basic food is prepared by local villagers. Restaurant and Hotel food is not available here.

Q. How many people will be at the coming Prabalmachi Fireflies Festival Camping and Trekking?

Ans. Depends on the number of people booking the event. Prabalmachi is a Public place and we have no access to data of other organizers' bookings hence we cannot comment on the exact number of people planning to visit this place on a given date. It varies between 300 to 3500 people depending on the given date.

Q. Is Prabalmachi Fireflies Festival safe for solo participants?

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

Q. How should I book the Prabalmachi Fireflies Festival event?

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

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

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

Q. Can I bring my Kid along?

Ans. Age does not matter, Fitness and adaptability is extremely important. Once we had a 4-year-old girl who completed the entire event easily, and sometimes even 22-25 year old people cant complete 10% of the event. It purely depends on how fit the kids are and how they have been raised. One of our 3-year-old nieces can do all the fireflies locations easily, but my 16-year-old cousin can't even dare to think of going to any of the events listed on our website. His parents have raised him in such a way that now he is incapable of being in nature.

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. Will the Fireflies event be canceled if it rains?

Ans. As you are already aware that June is a rainy-season month and the fireflies events are organized in this month with a clear understanding that it may rain. The Fireflies event will not be canceled. Refer Points to Note section above for further clarification

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 “reflex 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 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.