Nestled amidst the rugged beauty of the Western Ghats, lies the serene and mystical camping destination of Bhandardara. As dusk settles in, the magic unfolds as thousands of fireflies come to life, painting the night sky with their ethereal glow. The enchanting dance of these tiny creatures creates a mesmerizing spectacle, illuminating the wilderness with their luminescent presence. The tranquil ambiance of Bhandardara, with its verdant landscapes and starry skies, sets the perfect stage for this natural marvel. Prepare to be captivated by the allure of fireflies as you embark on a camping experience like no other, where nature's wonders come alive in the most enchanting way possible. If you wish to experience a Non - Crowded Camping along with getting the opportunity to see these little Shiny flies this Event is perfect for you. 

Join us for best experience of Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2024. Online Booking available. At Short distance from Mumbai it's Couple and Family friendly.

⚠️ Eligibility Condition: Participants need to "Read" and "Understand" the Details, Faq's, Inclusions, Important Points to Note, About-us, etc... before considering to be apart of our group for this event. Do not book this event if the details and points mentioned are not agreeable to you.
Booking closes once slots are sold out.

Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2024 Information

Event: Fireflies Festival 2024 - Bhandardara Camping
Duration:  Overnight Camping 
Dates: 18-May2024, 25-May-2024, and 01-Jun-2024
Location:  Bhandardara, Maharashtra
Suitable for:  All age groups.
Category: Fireflies Camping - No Trek


Charges and Travel Options for Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Camping:

  1. Option A: 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. 1400 per person

  2. Option B: Camping & Pickup/Drop from Kasara Railway Station
    Pickup/Drop Time: 2:47 pm Kasara / next day 9:00 am pickup  from Bhandardara
    Camping fees with this option will be Rs. 1900 per person
  3. Kids Charges: For Kids Camping Charges without pickup are Rs. 499 and with Pickup from Kasara are Rs. 950
Overnight Camping Available on request Bhandardara, Maharashtra
What makes this event special
  • Watch twinkly fireflies under night sky.
  • Lakeside Camping experience.
  • Camping at one of the best and Exclusive Mischief Treks Campsite in Bhandardara.
  • Veg , Non - Veg and Jain Food Available
  • Couple tents Available at additional cost
  • Complete Safety and Security.
  • Safe Campsite for Women, Girls, Solo Travelers, Groups, Couples.
  • Non Commercial Campsite
  • Group tents - 3/4 sharing 
  • All the Mischief and Fun, just like old times.

Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2024 Camping Near Mumbai by Mischief Treks

Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Camping and Trek by MischiefTreks from Mumbai. Copyright: Mischief Treks. Source: www.mischieftreks.com

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Join us for Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Camping 2024 from Mumbai. This is one of the most popular location in Maharashtra. The event is Kids, Couple and Family friendly. Other locations include Rajmachi, Igatpuri, Karjat, Mukteshwar, and Kothaligad.

Timeline of the event.

DETAILED  ITINERARY - Bhandardhara Camping - Fireflies Festival

Three hours prior to the event date and time, we will be creating a WhatsApp group for coordination purposes. Exact GPS locations for meeting point and location of Campsite, coordinator contact, etc will be shared in the group. 

Meeting Point
For people travelling in their own vehicle: Those coming by own vehicle need to reach the meeting point Dogra Food Mall Kasara, before 3.10 pm and follow our vehicles till Campsite. OR you may reach the Campsite directly. But please note there is network issue at campsite and connecting on phone might be tough. We recommend meeting us at Kasara itself. Map Link for Dogra Food Mall : https://goo.gl/maps/6rNBGiBTpn7sWiGQ7

Those who have opted for pick up and drop from Kasara Local train station need to board CSMT-KASARA local train at these timings from a station nearest to you.

Train For Bhandardhara Fireflies Festival Camping

Catch the Kasara Local train from the station nearest to you

Train timings:

  • CSMT-12:30 pm
  • Dadar-12:43 pm
  • Kurla-12:50 pm
  • Ghatkopar-12:54 pm
  • Thane-01:12 pm
  • Kalyan-01:37 pm
  • Kasara-02:47 pm

Once the train reaches the station local jeeps will be waiting outside the station to take you to the campsite. The jeeps will halt at a dhaba for participants to freshen up and proceed to the campsite.
(We'll be sharing the details of location of campsite, pickup vehicle, coordinator details etc. 03 hours prior to the event date and time)

Schedule for Bhandardara Fireflies Festival

  • The event leader will reach the campsite along with the train participants around 06:10 pm. We shall then have a short introduction once everyone has gathered at campsite.
  • Once you reach the Campsite you can freshen up, then we'll be allocating tents to everyone.
  • Relax and Team-games by 7.00 pm. 
  • Dinner will be ready by 09:30 pm. 
  • Post dinner we shall go for a walk around 10:30 pm to Spot Shiney Fireflies.
  • You can choose to sit/lay down for the night enjoying the mesmerizing weather for as long as you want. 

Day 2 - Sunday

  • 07:00 AM - Wake Up Call, freshen up.
  • 08:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 08:30 AM - Chill in lake water and boating
  • 10.30 AM - Start return journey towards Mumbai 
  • You will reach Mumbai around 1/2pm depending upon the traffic.

Don't miss reading the IMPORTANT Points To Note section below.

What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Evening tea and refreshments
  • Dinner Veg/Jain/Non-Veg
  • Morning breakfast & tea 
  • Fireflies Sighting 
  • Tent Stay 3/4 sharing basis OR Alternate Stay arrangement (Twin sharing available on additional cost of Rs.500 per couple)
  • Transport ( if opted for) 
  • First Aid Guide & expertise charges.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Personal expense 
  • Personal vehicle parking charges 
  • Rescue charges (if required)
  • Boating and life jackets
  • Soft Drinks 
  • Bottled water
  • Things not covered in inclusions
Things to Carry
  1. Identity Proof (must)
  2. Torch with extra battery (must)
  3. A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs)
  4. Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
  5. Optional- Extra Mats/Sleeping Bag or blanket to add on to comfort level in tent.
  6. Medicine that you require usually (We do have a basic first aid kit)
  7. Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments or carry precious items.
  8. Extra pair of clothes.
Dates and Rates
date & duration price
  • Sorry no more public batch Events available. You could get in touch with us at mischieftreks@gmail.com if you'd like to make a private batch booking.
  • Note
    Important Note

    Important Points to Note regarding Fireflies Festival 2024


    Transport: The bus/jeep will take you to the Camping location directly, there's no trekking involved. Approx distance from mumbai is 165.3Km. and from Kasara its approx 70 Km

    Tents Stay: A Styrofoam mat will be provided in the tents to keep you comfortable. Tents will be allocated on 3 sharing basis depending on the tent size available at the time of booking. For Twin sharing additional Rs.500 needs to be paid per couple. 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 it's windy or the weather for the night is expected to be bad. 

    Washroom: Two basic washrooms are available within a walking distance of 3 min. This is a tribal area (aadvasi area) so the washroom is pretty basic.

    Add-On options: 
    Boating ride at Bhandardara Lake available at Rs.100/- per person.
    Life Jackets available on rent at Rs.100/- 

    Tents Stay: (duplicate) A Styrofoam mat will be provided in the tents to keep you comfortable. Tents will be allocated on 3 sharing basis depending on the tent size available at the time of booking. For Twin sharing additional Rs.500 needs to be paid per couple. 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 it's windy or the weather for the night is expected to be bad. 

    Traveling by Own vehicle:
    Ideally you are supposed to meet the group at Dogra Food Mall in Kasara at the specified time in itinerary and proceed to the campsite along with the trek leader and other participants to avoid any inconvenience. You may choose to reach the campsite directly but keep in mind the campsite is in remote location and network is pretty bad. You may not be able to contact us on phone or we may not be able to contact you on phone. Coordination will be done on WhatsApp group.

    Rain & Weather: 
    Rains are expected to start from the month of June, during initial days the soil soaks up most of the rain water as it has been try for several months, as days pass by, the rain water starts flowing. If it drizzles during the event it wont matter much, the fabric of tent is water resistant. But in case of extremely heavy rains, or stormy weather, the participants need to take shelter at a nearby shed. This Shed is a village home comprising of a hall and two rooms, this shelter is only for protecting from extreme bad conditions and its not a stay-option. This shelter is at a walking distance of 1 min from the campsite. An additional shelter is available too at a walking distance of 3 min. 

    NOTE: 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 is expected to be bad, accommodation will be provided in a homestay/dormitory/shelter location instead of the tents. Do Not book this event if you are not comfortable with such situations. 

    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, we will try to do our best to get things rolling but unavoidable circumstances may impact the operations.

    Extended Batch: The extended batch is being conducted on 22&23 June for those who missed the last official batch of Fireflies Season 2024 on 17th June. This Extended batch offers an opportunity to witness last few fireflies which can still be spotted. Almost 70% of fireflies are gone and we still can get to experience the remaining ones.

    IMPORTANT: Please do not book this event without reading and understanding the details mentioned on this page including inclusions, exclusions, FAQ's, Itinerary, Important note, and cancellation/rescheduling policy.  

    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 2024. 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. The first and the last batch will have lesser number of fireflies. 

    How to Reach

    How to Reach Bhandardara Fireflies Festival:

    To get accurate travel info for reach Fireflies Festival Bhandardara from Mumbai:

    1. Open Google search tab
    2. Type the following words in the search window "My location to Bhandardara distance"
    3. You shall get the exact time required to travel, modes of travel, and distance (kilometers) from your location.
    FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

    Points to Note and FAQ's - Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2024

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

    Mischief Treks Bhandardara campsite is an exclusive campsite and outsiders are not permitted entry. There are more than 100 campsites in Bhandardara and most of the campsites are collaborated campsites where multiple organisers are operating on same ground. Most campsites are stacked next to each other. Relatively ours is more secluded.

    Q. Can someone call me and read out the details on this page?

    Ans. We at mischief treks have a strict condition, each participant who wishes to join our group needs to be aware of all the aspects of the event. Hence we have mentioned the details with utmost clarity and transparency on this page. We will not make phone calls to read out information that is readily available this page. We strongly urge you to refer to the provided resources before requesting redundant assistance. We do not verbally provide details on phone as it usually creates a lot of misunderstanding and miscommunication. If something mentioned on this page is confusing, you can get clarity on chat by clicking on WhatsApp icon on your screen, we shall revert with written clarification to all the queries. To discuss things that are "Not" mentioned on this page we can arrange a callback from one of our Trek Leaders.

    Q: When is the best time to visit the Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Camping?

    Ans. The Fireflies Festival in Bhandardara takes place from 18-May-2024 to 30-June-2024. For optimal fireflies sightings, the best time to visit Bhandardara is from 27-May-2024 to 18-June-2024. After this period, the visibility of fireflies may start to decrease due to weather conditions. As heavy rainfall begins in the third week of June, camping at the Bhandardara Fireflies Festival becomes tricky and tough.

    Q: How can I book tickets for the Bhandardara Camping Fireflies Festival 2024?

    Ans. Booking tickets for the Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2024 Camping can be done online through the official website of Mischief Treks at www.mischieftreks.com It is important to note that advance booking is mandatory for participating in the Fireflies Festival in Maharashtra.

    Q: Is the event suitable for females?

    Ans. Hey, absolutely! We believe in equality and adventure for all. Whether you're a female or male, as long as you're physically fit and ready to embrace nature's wonders, you're more than welcome to join our events and have a blast.

    Q: Are pets allowed in Fireflies Festival?

    Ans. We dont mind, but the forest stray dogs cause trouble for all other participants when they sense presence of any outsider animal in their territory. If this happens we will have to ask the pet to be taken away from campsite. Hence we highly recommend not bringing any pets into any forest region including Fireflies Festival. 

    Q: How far do we have to walk from the campsite to see the fireflies?

    Ans. Well, get ready for a short stroll in the enchanting forest. To spot those mesmerizing fireflies, we usually walk for about 5-15 minutes (approximately 20 meters to 400 meters). It's a pleasant walk that leads us to the magical glow.

    Q: Do we have to trek uphill to spot the fireflies?

    Ans. No worries, my friend! There's no need for rock climbing or uphill treks to witness the firefly extravaganza. The walk through the forest is mostly on level ground, allowing you to experience in the beauty without breaking a sweat.

    Q: How much time will we spend watching the fireflies?

    Ans. We make sure everyone gets a chance to marvel at the fireflies' illuminating display. Typically, we spend enough time for most people to enjoy the spectacle. However, if you're craving an extended firefly experience, feel free to stay back at the spot as long as you like. It's all about creating unforgettable moments.

    Q: Can we reach or leave early/late from the campsite?

    Ans. Of course! IF you have your own wheels, you're welcome to head out early. You can skip dinner, and if you're ready to hit the road, you can return to your comfort zone in no time. We don't have any restrictions or obligations when it comes to staying back at the campsite. You can reach and leave as per your choice. The charges for participation will be the same for all participants. Skipping part of event will not qualify for special rates or discounts. 

    Q:  Is there a different charge if we leave early after watching fireflies?

    Ans. Nope, no extra charges for early birds! The fees remain the same for all participants, regardless of when you choose to bid farewell. You have the freedom to customize your experience and skip any part of the event according to your preferences.

    Q: Is there mobile phone network coverage available at the campsite?

    Ans. Well, don't count on a strong network connection in the wilderness. The mobile network coverage is pretty patchy, especially for Jio phones. Vodafone and Airtel networks aren't too reliable in the entire region. So, be prepared for some digital detox and embrace the nature vibes.

    Q: Is there a mobile phone charging facility available at the campsite?

    Ans. Sorry, but the campsite is tucked away in a remote forest location, so there's no mobile phone charging facility available at the moment. We recommend bringing a trusty portable power bank with you, along with some torches for those nighttime adventures.

    Q: How's the road to the Bhandardara Fireflies Festival location?

    Ans. Buckle up for an adventurous ride! The road to Lonavla is a breeze with excellent conditions. However, the last 10 kilometers are a thrilling off-roading experience. Make sure to avoid vehicles with low ground clearance, like Honda City, Xcent, or Verna. Expert mountain off-road driving skills are essential to reach the Rajmachi Fireflies location and enjoy the magic.

    Q: How to request for couple tent?

    Ans. Once you have completed your booking formalities, you can opt for Add-on option for getting a couple tent allocated by sharing your preference with us on WhatsApp.  Plz note, as explained in important points to note, this is not a camping focused event, and stay arrangements will be as per weather conditions. 

    Q: I have booked/paid for the event, is my booking confirmed for Bhandardara Fireflies Festival? 

    Ans. No !, your booking can become invalid if you do not submit the "Most Important Details" required for emergency situations. This form needs to be submitted within 3 hours of Booking Confirmation. 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 after you complete the booking instructions mentioned on the website. Submitting incomplete/incorrect/fake details in the form or not submitting 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. It’s a standard protocol and also part of guideline by local authorities. We are accountable for every Human-Body present at our event, and in case of any unfortunate event need to provide all relevant information about you to governing authorities. In order to comply, we have to take authentic information from you. Providing Fake/Incomplete information, or non-submission of the details will make your booking (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. The date and time of booking the event are irrelevant for calculating applicable slabs for refunds.

    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 Bhandardara 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.. The common meeting point is Kasara.

    Q. How many people will share the tent OR can we have a separate tent for ourselves? 

    Ans. 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. Bhandardara Fireflies Camping is not a luxury/recreational camping event. A basic tent setup will be provided for shelter. After booking the event you need to email/message us your preference of tent size atleast 3 days prior to the event date. Allotment of tent size depends on availability of tents. (this is a group event, which means the tents are shared and not personal tents for each group or couple) For Twin sharing additional Rs.500 needs to be paid per couple

    Q. Are Kids allowed to participate in Bhandardara Fireflies Festival? 

    Ans. Yes Kids are allowed. Age does not matter, It purely depends on how fit the kids are and how they have been raised in terms of adaptability to nature. One of my 3-year-old nieces can do all the Fireflies events at all the locations easily, but on the other hand one of 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. This may sound harsh, but its ground reality.

    Q. What are the best dates for the fireflies festival 2024 camping in Bhandardara, India?

    Ans. The Fireflies Festival begins on 01-June-2024 and ends around 23-June-2024. The best time to spot Fireflies is between 01-Jun-2024 to 16-Jun-2024. During this period the weather is perfectly suitable for mating of Fireflies. 

    Q. How far is Bhandardara from Mumbai?

    Ans. Bhandardara Village is 165.3 KM from Mumbai, it takes 4 hours and 13 minutes to reach. The best way to find out a more precise distance you need to type these 4 words on google search ‘My location to Bhandardara distance’ and you shall get accurate details. 

    Q. How far is the Bhandardara campsite camping location from Kasara station? 

    Ans. The Bhandardara campsite is approx. 70 Km from Kasara station. You can take public transport from Kasara station. Maharashtra state run ST Busses are available to reach nearby place called 'Shendi' from there you can easily reach Bhandardara in local jeep transport.    

    Q. What is provided in meals/food at Bhandardara Fireflies Festival?  

    Ans. The meal will consist of veg and Jain food options. Rice, Chapati, Daal, seasonal veg, salad.  For breakfast poha and tea will be available. This basic home cooked food is prepared by local villagers. Restaurant and Hotel food is not available at Bhandardara Fireflies Festival. 

    Q. Is drinking water provided?  

    Ans. Yes, normal tap water for drinking is provided free of cost to all participants.

    Q. What all things are provided in the tent at Bhandardara Fireflies Festival?

    Ans. The tent contains a Styrofoam mat which is similar to a yoga mat. We suggest you to bring (optional) a bedsheet or blanket to add on to the comfort levels.

    Q. How many people will be coming for Bhandardara Fireflies Festival - Camping? 

    Ans. Depends on the number of people booking/cancelling the event. Generally, the batch size is approximately 100-130 participants for Fireflies Festival, and the batch size is 30-40 people during normal camping. 

    Q. Does the Bhandardara 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: What is meaning of word Camping?

    Ans. According to wikipedia and general understanding, Camping is not limited to staying in a tent. It can actually mean temporarily staying anywhere outdoors or in nature. It's all about immersing yourself in the great outdoors and enjoying the experience. So, whether you're sleeping in a tent, a camper van, a village home, a hammock, or even under the stars under open sky, it's all part of the camping adventure. It's about embracing nature and creating lasting memories wherever you choose to set up camp. 

    Q. Is Bhandardara Fireflies Festival safe for solo participants?

    Ans. Yes, mostly 30% of participants come up solo and blend in. Mischief Treks has a reputation of providing a memorable experience for each and every participant.

    Q. Is alcohol allowed during Bhandardara Fireflies Festival camping?

    Ans. Although alcohol is allowed during all camping events, but as Fireflies Festival gets conducted in most unfavorable conditions and is a Family and Kids oriented event, we would recommend avoiding alcohol. If any participant objects to drinking of a said participant, we would have to ask you to refrain. 

    Q. Can we pay in cash or instalment for Bhandardara Fireflies Festival?

    Ans. Sorry, we do not accept cash payments. Advance booking is mandatory with 100% payment. Bookings close once slots are sold out. Ideally booking needs to be done 4-5 days in advance.

    Q. We are coming by our own vehicle for a camping event where should we reach?

    Ans. You need to reach ‘Baba Da Dhaba’ at the scheduled meeting time, the ‘Dhaba’ is at 10 min driving distance from Kasara station. After this point cell-phone network coverage is bad and maybe our team wont be contactable on phone. You will be given exact map coordinates after you finish booking formalities. Open parking space is available near the campsite at your own risk.

    Q. Is Parking available at Bhandardara Fireflies campsite location?

    Ans. No, Official parking lot is not available at the Bhandardara Fireflies camping location. There is a open space where people park their vehicles. You may choose to park your vehicle at the given location at your own risk. Till date we have not encountered any issues related to parking. 

    Q. How should I book/register for Bhandardara Fireflies Festival event?

    Ans. To book/register for Bhandardara Fireflies Festival you need to click on Book Now button on this official booking website www.mischieftreks.com of Mischief Treks, and select the preferred date available for booking Bhandardara Fireflies Festival. Next step is to follow the instructions mentioned on your screen. Once you have made the payment and submitted your KYC data, your booking stands confirmed.

    Q. How far is the campsite from Kasara station OR Mumbai?

    Ans. From Kasara station is 65km - 1hour 50 min, and from Mumbai it is 165km - 4 hours 30 min by road. 

    Tents Stay: A Styrofoam mat will be provided in the tents to keep you comfortable. Tents will be allocated on 3 sharing basis depending on the tent size available at the time of booking. For Twin sharing additional Rs.500 needs to be paid per couple. 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 it's windy or the weather for the night is expected to be bad. 

    Q. What are the major problems faced by organisers while organising Fireflies events? 

    Ans. The Fireflies festival happens during end of may till mid June, and this is the worst time to go camping. As the fireflies are visible mostly in forest areas, camping is the only thing we can rely upon. Hence if the participants haven't read and understood the event details mentioned on this page, they might end up having unrealistic expectations from the organisers or they may expect this to be like the regular camping events. For example, at fireflies events food will be pretty basic, tents will have a Styrofoam mat, bonfire cant be done as smoke harms fireflies, if heavy rain or wind is expected then tents cant be pitched and we will have to move to a shelter etc. etc. Hence during enquiry phase we insist and almost force people to read-and-understand all aspects of Fireflies events Before-Booking. Yet some people just scroll through and ignore the Important Points to Note, Terms, FAQ section and About us section. We also insist on written communication to avoid situations like ‘tum ne aaisa bola tha’ or things like ‘mujhe aaisa laga’ and most importantly ’mujhe ye wali baat pehle kyu nahi bataai’. We cant guess what you already know and what you dont. So, we insist that you need to atleast once reading event details to avoid any omissions. 

    Q. Which locations are available for booking Fireflies Festival 2024?

    Ans. Out of the several locations for fireflies festival we have handpicked few best ones as mentioned below.
    Best Fireflies Festival Camping Locations in Maharashtra

    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 7 destinations. Rajmachi, Karjat, Bhandardhara, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, Prabalmachi, and Mischief Treks Special Location.

    Q. Are any discounts or coupon codes available?

    Ans. To be honest, Discounts and coupon codes are just a marketing trick. No one offers something below the pre-decided rate slab. The charges on website haven't yet been adjusted (inflated) to provide for discounts. Mentioned amount is the lowest actual charges and hence discounts are currently not possible. We will soon be revising the charges in next few weeks to make buffer for discounts.

    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 7 destinations. Rajmachi, Karjat, Bhandardhara, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, Prabalmachi and Mischief Treks Special Location.

    Q.  Which is the Official website for online booking Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2024?

    Ans.The official website for Online-Booking of Fireflies Festival 2024 at Bhandardara, Karjat, Rajmachi, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, Secret Location and Prabamachi is https://www.mischieftreks.com 
    Online registration is available for Groups, couples, Family and kids. These campsites are couple friendly and kids friendly too.

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    Bhandardara Fireflies - Information Update 

    This is the 'Best-Time' to experience sighting Fireflies in 2024. The sighting has already started in 4th week of May, and currently we are almost at peak of season at all fireflies festival locations. According to observations soon the visibility count will start decreasing and  by the time we reach 4th week of June 2024 it will be time to wait for Fireflies Festival 2024.

    Weather Conditions: 

    Currently its too early to predict weather for May and June 2024

    Myths and Facts about Fireflies and Rain correlation

    Since June 14, 2024 we observed that lot of people are believing lot of Copy-Paste based websites spreading incorrect information about the correlation between rains and Fireflies, hence we would like to take this opportunity to express our experience and things we practically learn in past 12 years. Rain can have both positive and negative effects on fireflies in India. 

    Positive effects of rain on Fireflies sighting 

    • Increased Firefly Activity: Fireflies are known to be more active during and after rain showers. The moisture in the air and on the ground can stimulate firefly mating behaviors, leading to more visible displays of their bioluminescent flashes.
    • Enhanced Glowing: Rainfall can make the environment more humid, which can enhance the visibility of firefly light displays. The moisture in the air can scatter and amplify their bioluminescent glow, making it more captivating to observe.

    Negative effects of rain of Fireflies sighting

    • Storm Risk: Heavy rainfall that starts generally in month of July can wash away firefly eggs, larvae, and pupae, impacting their population size. It can also disrupt their breeding habitats and lead to the loss of suitable breeding grounds.
    • Human Eye Limitations: During heavy rain or thick fog, the visibility of firefly flashes may decrease significantly. The raindrops or fog can scatter or block the light, making it harder to spot fireflies.

    Ever wondered why fireflies mate and glow in certain weather conditions? Well, science has some cool explanations for that! First off, fireflies have a unique way of attracting mates. They use their flashing lights to communicate and find the right partner. Each firefly species has its own special flashing pattern, like a secret code for romance.

    When it comes to the weather, fireflies have their preferences too. They like it warm and a bit humid. So, you'll see them getting all flirty during the warmer months when the temperature is just right and the air is a bit moist. But that's not all! The length of daylight and darkness also plays a role. Fireflies have their own schedule for getting busy, and they time their flashes to match. It's like they have their own disco party in sync with the day and night.. All these mating behaviors and weather preferences have important reasons. They help fireflies find the perfect mate and ensure their species survives and thrives. It's all about passing on those good genes and keeping the firefly population alive.

    So next time you see those magical glowing bugs, remember they're not just putting on a light show for fun. They're on a mission to find love and continue the firefly legacy. Pretty cool, right?

    So if you live here in Mumbai where Mischief Treks can take you to witness this magical phenomenon, But we at Mischief Treks wont take you along if you are not capable to understand what's written on this page.

    Commitment towards Fireflies and our Pledge: The Fireflies are very sensitive to changes in their environment, and smoke can be particularly harmful to them. We do not indulge or support unnecessary activities that cause smoke, eg. Campfire, Bonfire, Barbeque (BBQ) and any other activity related to smoke. By being responsible and respectful, we can help protect these amazing insects and ensure that they continue to thrive for generations to come. We pledge to continue protecting the interests of fireflies.

    Appeal to Public:  Please take a step forward and spread the awareness about being responsible and help eradicate activities related to pollutants like Fire, Smoke, and Lights causing harm to Fireflies.  

    Click here to Check our Blog on Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2024 By Mischief Treks


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    Bhandardara Lakeside Camping - Non Crowded Campsite, dam, Bhandardara, Maharashtra, India View on Map
    Cancellation, Rescheduling And 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. 
    • Rescheduling can be done free of cost if the rescheduling request is sent to us 120 hours prior to event date and time. If the request is sent in less than 120hrs, 50 percent of event charges need to be paid for cancelling the current booking and rescheduling it to next available date. 

    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 a 100% refund. If you need to reschedule your booking to any other available 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 5 days.
    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.