Kondana Caves Fireflies Trek
Karjat, Maharashtra, India
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  • Trip introduction

    Have you been waiting all year round to witness the magical phenomenon of fireflies? Well, the season is finally here! This unique trek to Kondana Caves offers you the opportunity to enjoy an hour long night trek through a dark forest glowing with a cloud of fireflies. With the light yellow of dancing fireflies, you'll follow a nature trail and explore the peculiar Buddhist caves at Kondana. All throughout, the swarm of fireflies in the dense woods will surely make this trek a rewarding weekend getaway.

    Destination

    The historic Kondana Caves near Karjat feature ancient Buddhist ruins of sculptures, fascinating wall-carvings, intricate artwork and architecutre. These centuries-old caves are carved inside the mountain, hidden from the dense forest that grows outside. The Kondana base village, located near the group of caves, is easily accessible from Mumbai and Pune, making it an ideal weekend destination for hundreds of visitors.

    Destination highlights

    • Spot flickering fireflies on this trek to Kondana Caves.
    • Observe the elegant Buddhist architecture of Kondana Caves.
    • Stay in a local village home-stay.
    • Sign up for a weekend trek amidst lush greenery.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

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

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

    Travellers are required to follow all instructions of the trek guide during the fireflies trek to Kondana Caves.

    Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made 8 days or more before departure of the Kondana Caves fireflies trek: 75% refund.

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

    For cancellations made less than 4 days before departure of the Kondana Caves fireflies trek: 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

    Travellers from Mumbai can board the local train to Karjat departing CST railway station at 16:30 hrs in order to reach the pick-up point on time. Travellers may board the same train from their nearest railway station.

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the fireflies trek to Kondana Caves 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 fireflies trek to Kondana Caves. Tardiness in reaching the pick-up point will lead to missing the departure without any refund.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
    Karjat railway station
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    Drop off point
    Karjat railway station
    Mode of transport
    Local tum-tum
    Start point
    Kondhane village
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    End point
    Kondhane village
    Time of departure
    04:30 PM
    Time of return
    09:00 AM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    2 hrs
    Total distance covered
    5 km
    Start point elevation
    110 feet
    Maximum elevation
    200 feet
    Minimum elevation
    110 feet
    Average per day distance
    5 km
  • Day 1 of the fireflies trek to Kondana Caves: Spot fireflies!

    Report to the Karjat railway station by 16:30 hrs. Here, you'll hop onto a tum-tum and arrive the Kondhane village. Enjoy a hot dinner and begin the trek to Kondana Caves by 22:00 hrs. You'll see the flickering fireflies all around as you ascend the trail through a dark forest. Explore the caves, get nocturnal views of the forest and descend back to the base village. Overnight in a home-stay at Kondhane village.

    Day 2 of the fireflies trek to Kondana Caves: Return to Karjat

    Begin your day early with a breakfast and travel back to Karjat railway station, arriving by 9:00 hrs. Your Kondana Caves fireflies trek ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Karjat railway station
    End point
    Kondhane village
    Day start time
    04:30 PM
    Trekking distance
    5 km
    Trekking time
    2 hrs

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Kondhane village
    End point
    Karjat railway station
    Day start time
    07:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Travel arrangements between Karjat and Kondhane village in a local tum-tum or similar vehicle
    • Accommodation in a local home-stay for 1 night on a multi-sharing basis
    • Meal package including dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2
    • Services of experienced trek leader and support staff
    • All applicable taxes
      Excludes
    • Travel arrangements between your home city and Karjat
    • 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
    • Trekking shoes
    • Raincoat or poncho
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Local tum-tum for transport between Karjat and Kondhane
      You need to get
    • Backpack
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Water bottles (2+ ltr)
    • Dry snacks (energy bars, chocolate etc.)
    • Personal toiletries
    • Torch (with extra batteries)

    Medical Kit

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

    Overnight in a home-stay at Kondhane.

    Spend your night in the Kondhane village in a local villager's home, where you will be given a welcome drink and a home-cooked dinner. You'll have to carry your own sleep mat and sleeping bag.

    Day 2 of the fireflies trek to Kondana Caves: Return to Karjat

    Your trip ends by 9:00 hrs.

    Enjoy a hot tea and a filling breakfast before you head back to Karjat, reaching by 9:00 hrs. Your Kondhane Caves fireflies trek ends here.

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  • Marker on map shows trip start point.