Bhandardara Fireflies Trek
Kasara, Maharashtra, India
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  • Trip introduction

    Embark on the Bhandardara fireflies trek and see the alluring dance of a hundred, glowing fireflies in the night. As you walk around your scenic campsite, you'll spot the brightly-coloured, yellow fireflies fluttering in the forest. Apart from the fascinating fireflies trek, you'll also enjoy the evening around a crackling campfire with delicious dinner. As the night falls, you'll go to sleep in cosy tents, pitched under Bhandardara's starry night sky.

    Destination

    Bhandardara is a popular weekend getaway located a short drive away from Mumbai and Pune. Surrounded by the brash mountains of the Sahyadri range, this camping destination is placed by the shimmering Lake Arthur with views of the Kalsubai peak in the distance. Bhandardara is one of the darkest spots in the state with the least amount of light pollution, making it perfect for a night trek to spot glowing fireflies. You might even catch a glimpse of the Milky Way in the night sky, which is often decorated by a hundred twinkling lights, a sight seldom seen from urban city centers.

    Destination highlights

    • Camp under the starry night sky of Bhandardara.
    • Spot hundreds of yellow fireflies in the night.
    • Go on a night trek to explore Bhandardara.
    • Enjoy the evening around a crackling campfire.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Travellers are required to follow all instructions of the trek leader during the Bhandardara fireflies trek.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made more than 8 days before departure of the Bhandardara fireflies trek: 75% refund.

    For cancellations made 4-7 days before the departure of the Bhandardara fireflies trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 3 days before departure of the Bhandardara fireflies trek: no refund.

    In case of no show: 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.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Please note that sleeping bags will not be provided for the overnight stay in tents. Travellers are requested to carry their own bedsheets or blankets.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the Bhandardara fireflies trek to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff. Any additional cost arising from such a change in itinerary will be borne by the travellers.

    Travellers are requested to be punctual in arriving at the pick-up point of the Bhandardara fireflies trek. Tardiness in reaching the pick-up point will lead to missing the departure without any refund.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Kasara railway station
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    Drop off point
    Kasara railway station
    Mode of transport
    Local jeep or similar vehicle
    Start point
    Bhandardara
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    End point
    Bhandardara
    Time of departure
    02:50 PM
    Time of return
    11:30 AM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    NA
    Total distance covered
    NA
    Start point elevation
    915 feet
    Maximum elevation
    2428 feet
    Minimum elevation
    915 feet
    Average per day distance
    NA
  • Day 1 of the Bhandardara fireflies trek: Explore Bhandaradara

    Report to the Kasara railway station at 14:30 hrs and meet your fellow travellers. You will travel to Bhandardara in a local jeep, reaching the campsite by 16:30 hrs. You will have a briefing session with your camp leader. In the evening, you will gather around a campfire session with some BBQ and a hot dinner

    When the night falls, you will head out on a trek to explore Bhandardara and spot glowing fireflies. Return to the campsite after a short hike. Overnight in tents at the Bhandardara campsite.

    Day 2 of the Bhandardara Fireflies Trek: Return to Kasara

    You will begin your day with hot tea and morning views of the hills. Soon, you will check out from the campsite and drive back to the Kasara, reaching the railway station by 11:30 hrs. Your Bhandardara fireflies trek ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Bhandardara
    End point
    Bhandardara
    Day start time
    02:30 PM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Bhandardara
    End point
    Bhandardara
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Travel arrangements between Kasara and Bhandaradara in a local jeep or similar vehicle
    • Accommodation in tents on a triple/quad-sharing basis
    • All meals from evening snacks on day 1 to breakfast on day 2
    • Services of an experienced trek leader and support staff
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Transport between your home city and Kasara
    • Personal expenses such as extra meals, beverages, apparel, gear etc.
    • Costs due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Full-sleeved shirt/t-shirt
    • Full-length track pants
    • Sports shoes
    • Extra pair of dry clothes
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Demin jeans
    • Restrictive or uncomfortable clothing

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Tents for accommodation
    • Local jeep or similar vehicle for transport between Kasara and Bhandardara
      You need to get
    • Backpack
    • Bedsheets
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Dry snacks (energy bars, dry fruits etc.)
    • Water bottle (2+ ltrs)
    • Sun cap/hat and sunglasses
    • Personal toiletries
    • Insect repellent

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of the Bhandardara fireflies trek: Explore Bhandaradara

    Overnight in tents at Bhandardara.

    Today's meal package includes evening snacks and dinner. Evening snacks and tea will be served upon reaching Bhandardara. Dinner will be served at the campsite by 21:00 hrs. You'll spend the night in tents. Please bring your own bedsheets, since sleeping bags will not be available. If it rains, accommodation will be shifted to nearby homestays.

    Day 2 of the Bhandardara Fireflies Trek: Return to Kasara

    Your trip ends by late morning.

    Today's meal package includes only breakfast which will be served to you at the campsite. You'll head back to Kasara in local jeeps or a similar vehicle. Your Bhandardara fireflies trek ends here.

    Food

    Evening snacks
    Dinner
    Food variations
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    Food

    Breakfast
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