Fireflies Trek to Prabalmachi
Panvel, Maharashtra, India
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  • Trip introduction

    Embark on this mesmerizing trek to the Prabalmachi plateau and see the twinkling dance of brightly-lit fireflies all around you. This trek takes you to deep forests of the Prabal plateau, far away from light pollution of the urban crowd, where you will be able to spot fluttering fireflies in all their glory. At night, after a short and easy fireflies trek, you will be treated to a delicious Maharashtrian dinner. You will sleep in cosy alpine tents and wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the Sahyadri hills.

    Destination

    Prabalmachi is a small village placed atop the Prabal plateau. Located at the base of the Prabalgad Fort and the Kalavantin Pinnacle, the Prabal plateau overlooks the valley and rolling hills of the Western Ghats. It is a perfect rustic location for a fireflies trek as the surrounding greenery attracts these glowing beetle bugs and the lack of light pollution makes them stand out. Your trek begins from the base village of Thakurwadi and leads you to the Prabal plateau through a trail full of fireflies.

    Destination highlights

    • Witness the magic of the fireflies glowing in the dark.
    • Wake up to the spectacular view of the sun rising over the Sahyadri hills.
    • Spend a night in alpine tents under the starry skies.
    • Sign up for a special weekend trek near Mumbai.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

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

    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 15 days before departure of the fireflies trek to Prabalmachi: 90% refund.

    For cancellations made between 5-15 days before departure of the fireflies trek to Prabalmachi: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 5 days before departure of the fireflies trek to Prabalmachi: 20% 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 carry your own blankets for use during overnight stay in tents, since sleeping bags will not be provided.

    The meeting point for this fireflies trek to Prabalmachi is the Panvel railway station at 18:15 hrs. Travellers may board the second last compartment of the fast, local train to Panvel that departs from CST railway station at 16:51 hrs and meet fellow trekkers en route.

    Please be punctual in reporting to the pick-up point on time. Tardiness in reaching the pick-up point will lead to missing the trek, without a refund.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the fireflies trek to Prabalmachi to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff. Any additional costs arising due such a change in itinerary will be paid by the travellers.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Panvel railway station
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    Drop off point
    Panvel railway station
    Mode of transport
    Local tum-tum or similar
    Start point
    Thakurwadi
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    End point
    Thakurwadi
    Time of departure
    06:00 PM
    Time of return
    11:00 AM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    4 hrs
    Total distance covered
    6 kms
    Start point elevation
    92 feet
    Maximum elevation
    309 feet
    Minimum elevation
    92 feet
    Average per day distance
    3 kms
  • Day 1 of the Prabalmachi fireflies trek: Spot fireflies

    Report to the Panvel railway station at 18:15 hrs. Here, you'll meet your trek leader and leave for the Thakurwadi village in a local tum-tum. At the village, you'll have a short briefing before beginning the trek to Prabalmachi. Spot fireflies and enjoy evening views as you reach your campsite. You'll have dinner, followed by a short walk to spot fireflies and explore surroundings. Overnight in tents at Prabalmachi.

    Day 2 of the Prabalmachi fireflies trek: Return to Panvel

    After breakfast, you will descent back to the base village of Thakurwadi. You will begin your drive back to Panvel, reaching the railway station by 11:00 hrs. Your Prabalmachi fireflies trek ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Panvel
    End point
    Prabalmachi
    Day start time
    06:00 PM
    Trekking distance
    3 kms
    Trekking time
    2 hrs

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Prabalmachi
    End point
    Panvel
    Day start time
    11:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    3 kms
    Trekking time
    2 hrs
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Travel arrangements between Panvel and Thakurwadi in a local tum-tum or similar vehicle
    • Accommodation for 1 night in tents on a twin-sharing basis
    • Meal package including dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2
    • Services of experienced trek leader and support staff
    • All government permits and charges
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements between your home city and Panvel
    • Sleeping bag, blanket or bedsheet
    • Personal expenses such as extra meals or beverages, apparel or gear etc.
    • Costs due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Comfortable shirts/t-shirts and track pants
    • Sports shoes
    • Raincoat or poncho
      What not to Wear
    • Restrictive or uncomfortable clothing
    • Expensive gadgets and jewellery
    • Slippers or sandals

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • All equipment required for camping: tents
    • Local tum-tum or similar vehicle for transport between Panvel and Thakurwadi
      You need to get
    • Backpack
    • Blankets
    • Extra pair of dry clothes
    • Raincoat/poncho
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Water bottle (2+ ltrs)
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

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

    Overnight in tents at Prabalmachi.

    Today's meal package includes only dinner which will be served to you when you reach the campsite atop the Prabal plateau. You'll stay in tents at Prabalmachi. Please remember to carry your own blankets or sleeping bags for overnight use.

    Day 2 of the Prabalmachi fireflies trek: Return to Panvel

    Your journey ends by 11:00 hrs.

    Today's meal package includes only breakfast which will be served to you at the campsite before you begin your decent to the base village. You'll reach Panvel railway station by 11:00 hrs. Your Prabalmachi fireflies trek ends here.

    Food

    Dinner
    Food variations
    Veg

    Food

    Breakfast
    Food variations
    Veg
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