Rajmachi Fireflies festival 2022

Rajmachi is one of the most popular locations to witness the mating dance of fireflies. Join us for an adventurous experience this May 2022 and June 2022. This camping event is safe and suitable for girls, women, kids, families, groups, and solo travelers coming alone for the camping. 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, Shrivardhan (the taller one) and Manaranjan. Climb to the 17th Century Shrivardhan Fort and get an awe-inspiring glimpse of Lonavla, Duke’s Nose, Ulhas valley, Shirota backwaters and Khandala Ghat.

Rajmachi Fireflies festival 2022

Rajmachi Fireflies Festival at udhewadi is a location situated deep in the forest region near a village that comes under the Lonavala region. The route to this location is full of serene views of forest and Fireflies. So join us at Mischief Treks for an adventurous experience this May 2022 and June 2022.

  • Category: Fireflies Festival 2022, EXTREMELY OVER-CROWDED.

  • Duration: Overnight

  • Venue: Rajmachi.

  • Address: Udhewadi, Lonavala, Maharashtra.

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

  • Fees: Rs.899 per participant. ( 1,800 website booking discount of 50% )
    Kids up to 7 years will be charged Rs. 500 without transport. With transport it's Rs. 999

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. 599 per person

  2. Camping & Pickup/Drop from Khopoli / Lonavla Railway Station
    Pickup/Drop Time: 11:00 pm / next day 4:30 pm
    Camping fees with this option will be
    Rs. 899 per person

⚠️ Booking for this location is full.
Fresh bookings not possible. Bhandardhara and Kothaligad events booking closes soon.

Rajmachi Fireflies Festival - Mumbai
Rajmachi Fireflies Festival - Mumbai

DETAILED ITINERARY - RAJMACHI FIREFLIES FESTIVAL 2022


Meeting Points
Option 1: Catch the Khopoli F-Diva Fast Local train from the station nearest to you
CSMT : 08:41 pm
Byculla: 08:48 pm
Dadar: 08:55 pm
Kurla: 09:04 pm
Ghatkopar: 09:08 pm
Mulund: 09:19 pm
Thane: 09:23 pm
Dombivali: 09:39 pm
Kalyan: 09:49 pm
Karjat: 10:41 pm
Khopoli: 11:06 pm

Option 2: Meet us at the Lonavla train station at 11.30 pm.
Pickup vehicles will leave from lonavla station at 11.30pm sharp.

Option 3: Reach the base village in your own car/bike
Those coming by own vehicles need to meet us at Della Adventures at 11.55 pm and follow our vehicle to the base village location.
Reach base village approximately by
12:45 am

NOTE: 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.

Plan for the Night

DAY 1 - Saturday

  • Meet us at Lonavla/Khopoli local train station/Meeting Point on the time mentioned above and move towards Rajmachi.

  • 12:45 am - Reach Rajmachi Village, Freshen up at a village home and relax a bit. We will then proceed to the forest region for spotting fireflies. you may choose to stayback at the fireflies point as long as you wish and return to the Village home to relax for the night. This is barely 15 min walk to the home. No trek involved .
    For rest of the night we shall stay in the village home.

DAY 2 - Sunday

  • 04:30 am - Wake up and freshen up.

  • 05:00 am - Start trekking to Shrivardhan fort, if we start early and reach there on time we get to witness the sunrise in the beautiful mountains of Lonavala. (This trek is optional, participants can stay back)

  • 08:00 am - Reach back to our village homestay, freshen up, and have breakfast.

  • 09:00 am - Visit the ancient temple and pond where you can chill for a while.

  • 13:00 pm - It's time for Lunch.

  • 14:30 pm - Start traveling to Khopoli local train station in a private vehicle (if opted for)

  • 16:28 pm - Catch Khopoli - CST fast local

Inclusions and Exclusions for Rajmachi Fireflies Festival 2022

INCLUSIONS

Food: Morning Tea, Breakfast & Lunch (Veg/Jain food)

Emergency Equipment: Well-stocked First Aid kits.

Accommodation: Village Homestay (dormitory)

Transport: pickup and drop as opted for.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Train tickets / Expenses to reach Khopoli

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

  • Any kind of cost which 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 Lonavla Station distance"
3. You shall get the exact time required to travel, modes of travel, and distance (kilometers) from your location

THINGS TO CARRY FOR RAJMACHI 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 (We do have a basic first aid kit)

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

  • Extra pair of clothes.

Important Points to note regarding Rajmachi Fireflies Festival 2022

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 to reach the base village location. The route is an off-roading route with tough terrain of rocks on path. Approx distance from Mumbai is 165.3Km.

Washroom: The washroom is available within a walking distance of 5 min.

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

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: 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. Please do not book this event if you are not comfortable with the terms explained on this page. Bus transport depends on the availability of the required seating capacity of bus. 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. Make sure you have gone through the FAQ section.

Points to Note and FAQ's

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

Q: I have booked/paid for the event, is my booking confirmed for Rajmachi 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 our 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 to reach the Rajmachi Fireflies Festival Khopoli from Mumbai/Pune?

Ans. You need to reach Khopoli Station at the scheduled meeting time, from here you can follow our vehicles. After this point cellphone network coverage is bad and our team might not be contactable. The GPS location is provided in the WhatsApp group for ease of travel.

Q. How do we get in touch after reaching the meeting point for Rajmachi 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. In case the stay is arrange in tents, 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. Rajmachi 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 Rajmachi 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 coming for Rajmachi Fireflies Festival - Camping and trekking?

Ans. Depends on the number of people booking the event. Generally, the batch size is approximately 20-40 participants. Rajmachi 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. Is Rajmachi Fireflies Festival which is organized by Mischief Treks safe for solo participants?

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

Q. Is Rajmachi Fireflies Festival which is organized by Mischief Treks 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.

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

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

Q. Does the campsite have a Washroom Facility?

Ans. We have washroom available at 3 min walking distance. This is a basic workable washroom in a forest area of the village, it's clean and usable until people reach, beyond that it purely depends on the participants on how they use it. It won't be like the ones you find in hotels or restaurants. this is a village and the village washroom is in line with the village people.

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. What are the batch dates for the fireflies festival in Rajmachi, 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 “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. 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 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.