Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Western Ghats, Igatpuri beckons with its tranquil charm and mystical allure, especially during the Fireflies Festival. As night falls, the forest comes alive with the mesmerizing dance of countless fireflies, casting a spellbinding glow that illuminates the wilderness. With its verdant landscapes and starry skies, Igatpuri offers the perfect setting for an unforgettable camping experience, where nature's wonders unfold in the most enchanting way possible. Join us on this journey of discovery as we explore the magic of the Fireflies Festival, and immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature that abounds in Igatpuri. Let the serene ambiance and the hypnotic dance of fireflies transport you to a world of wonder and enchantment, where memories are made to last a lifetime.

Igatpuri Fireflies Camping location has multiple activities available complimentary (free from us) at the campsite. The activities include Zipline, Swimming, Archery, Riffle Shooting, Ladder Climbing, and Jumaring. If you are looking for an adventurous campsite for witnessing fireflies, this is one of the best camping locations near Mumbai. 

Join us for best experience of Igatpuri 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.
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Igatpuri Fireflies Festival 2024 Information

Event: Fireflies Festival 2024 - Igatpuri Secret Camping and Watersports
Duration:  Overnight Camping 
Dates: 18-May2024, 25-May-2024, 01-Jun-2024, and 08-Jun-2024
Location:  Igatpuri, Maharashtra
Suitable for:  All age groups. - No Trek
Category: Fireflies Camping


Charges and Travel Options for Igatpuri 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 
    Camping fees with this option will be Rs. 1700 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 Igatpuri Camping
What makes this event special
  • Watch Shiny fireflies under night sky
  • Camping at one of the best and Exclusive Location in Igatpuri.
  • Activities like Kayaking, Zip-Lining, Coracle, Archery, Lake Rafting, Tubing, Riffle Shooting.
  • Stargazing (Depending on weather conditions)
  • Swimming in the lake with Life Jackets.
  • Beautiful Lakeside View.
  • 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 Crowded and Non Commercial Campsite
  • Group tents - 3/4 sharing 
  • All the Mischief and Fun, just like old times.

Igatpuri Fireflies Festival by Mischief Treks

Igatpuri Fireflies Festival 2023 Camping near Mumbai By Mischief Treks

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Igatpuri Fireflies Festival Camping 2024 from Mumbai is a Non-Crowded Exclusive Campsite and will provide safe and best available option to experience fireflies in abundance. The event is Kids, Couples and Families friendly. Other locations are Rajmachi, Bhandardara, Purushwadi, and Kothaligad.

Timeline of the event.

DETAILED  ITINERARY Igatpuri 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 each pickup point, coordinator contact, etc will be shared in the group.

Day 1 - Saturday 

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 Igatpuri Fireflies Festival Camping

Catch the Kasara Fast 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 freshenup 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 Igatpuri Fireflies Festival

  • You can reach the campsite by 04:30 pm, Once you reach the Campsite you can freshen up, then we'll be allocating tents to everyone.
  • Tea and snacks will be available on your arrival from 4.30pm-5.30pm 
  • We'll be having a short introduction round around 06:30 pm.
  • Then you can relax or join the team for games and watersports.
  • Dinner will be ready by 09:30 pm. 
  • We'll be moving out by 10:00 pm to Spot Fireflies. This will be a short walk about 5 min.
  • You can choose to sit/lay down for the night enjoying the mesmerizing weather for as long as you want. 

Day 2 - Sunday

  • We'll be giving a wake up call around 07:00 am (for one's who have slept.)
  • Breakfast will be ready by 08:00 am
  • You can then enjoy the watersports and chill besides the lake.
  • 10 am you can start your return journey towards Mumbai.
  • If you have opted for pickup-drop the shared vehicles will be available for drop till Kasara station from 9am to 11am. 

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

  • Complimentary Activities like Kayaking, Zip-Lining, Coracle, Archery, Lake Rafting, Tubing, Riffle Shooting.
  • Swimming in lake with life jackets
  • Evening tea and snacks.
  • Dinner Veg/Jain/Non-veg 
  • Morning breakfast & tea 
  • Tent Stay 3/4/6 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

  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption and any kind of personal expenses.
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.
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 Igatpuri Fireflies Festival 2024

    Please do not book this event if the terms and conditions mentioned on this page are not agreeable to you. 

    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 camping location. 

    Tents Stay: A Styrofoam mattress will be provided in the tents to keep you comfortable. Tents will be allocated on 3/4/6 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 its windy or the weather for the night is expected to be bad) 

    Washroom: The washroom is available within a walking distance of 3 min.

    Complimentary: Things that are provide as complimentary (free) are not part of charges paid for Fireflies festival. Example: drinking water from tap, watersports, washroom etc.. are free.  

    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. 

    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. 

    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 shelter is only for protecting from extreme bad conditions and its not a stay-option. This shelter is at a walking distance of 3 min from the campsite. 

    Situation 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 the terms and conditions mentioned on this page are not agreeable to you. 

    • The main focus of this event is watching "Fireflies" and this is not a Camping focused event. Tents/dormitory , activities , watersports etc are just complimentary things that are provided if weather is suitable. After Fireflies season is over the focus will shift back to Activities and Camping, you can book at that time when weather is supportive of such things. 
    • 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.

    Last Batch 2023: Officially Mischief Treks will have last batch of the season on Sat-Sun(17-18 June). We also have an extended batch on Sat-Sun (24-25 June) scheduled for those who missed the festival's peak time and want to catch up.

    Extended Batch 2023: The extended batch is being conducted on 23&24 June for those who missed the last official batch of Fireflies Season 2023 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 2023. 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. We recommend opting for batches starting 28th May. Make sure you have gone through the FAQ section.  

    How to Reach

    How to Reach Igatpuri Fireflies Festival:

    To get accurate travel info for reach Fireflies Festival Igatpuri from Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai:

    1. Open Google search tab
    2. Type the following words in the search window "My location to Igatpuri Secret camping 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 regarding Igatpuri Fireflies Festival 2024

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

    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 Igatpuri Fireflies Festival Camping?

    Ans. The Fireflies Festival in Igatpuri takes place from 15-May-2024 to 30-June-2024. For optimal fireflies sightings, the best time to visit Igatpuri 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 Igatpuri Fireflies Festival becomes tricky and tough.

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

    Ans. Booking tickets for the Igatpuri 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 Igatpuri Fireflies Festival location?

    Ans. The Road till Igatpuri is national highway number 3 (NH3) and is in good condition. The road from highway to nearest village is also considerably good. Last patch of 2 km is but off-roading. 

    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: 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 Igatpuri 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 making the payment. 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. 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. Each person 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. We are coming by our own vehicle for the event, where should we reach for the Igatpuri fireflies festival?

    Ans. You need to reach Kasara Station at the scheduled meeting time, from here you can follow our vehicles. After this point cellphone network coverage is bad and our team wont be contactable. You will be given exact coordinates after you finish booking formalities. 

    Q. How do we get in touch after reaching the meeting point for Igatpuri 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, etc..

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

    Ans. We have tents of 3 different size. 3/4/5 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. Igatpuri Fireflies is not a luxury camping event. A Basic tent setup will be provided for shelter. For Twin sharing additional Rs.500 needs to be paid per couple

    Q. What is provided in meals at Igatpuri Fireflies Festival? 

    Ans. Meal will consist of veg and nonveg options. rice, chapati, daal, seasonal veg, salad, Chicken curry.

    Q. Is drinking water provided?  

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

    Q. How many people will be at coming for Igatpuri Fireflies Festival Camping?

    Ans. Depends on the number of people booking/cancelling the event. Generally, the batch size is approximately 60-80 participants for Fireflies Festival, and 30-40 people during normal camping. This campsite is not a open ground like Bhandardara and Pawna where 100-150 Organisers setup tents next to each other with each campsite having 200-25 people.

    Q. Is Igatpuri Fireflies Festival safe for solo participants? 

    Ans. Yes Igatpuri Fireflies Festival is safe for solo participants, mostly 30% of participants come up solo and blend in. 

    Q. Is Igatpuri Fireflies Festival safe for girls? 

    Ans. Yes Igatpuri Fireflies Festival is safe for girls, Mischief Treks has a track record of making our trekking and camping events extremely safe for girls and boys both. Normally 60 – 75 % of our participants are females.

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

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

    Q. What are the batch dates for the fireflies festival in Igatpuri, Maharashtra? 

    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. 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. Does the Igatpuri campsite have a washroom facility?

    Ans. We have washroom available at 3 min walking distance. This is a basic washroom in a 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. 

    Q. Is Parking available at Igatpuri Fireflies campsite location?

    Ans. Yes, Parking lot is available at the Igatpuri 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Is alcohol allowed during 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 leave anytime we want?

    Ans. Yes you can leave anytime you wish if you come by your own vehicle. shared vehicle are with fixed time slot 

    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, Rajmachi, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, Karjat, Secret Location, and Prabalmachi is https://www.mischieftreks.com 
    Online registration is available for Groups, couples, Family and kids. These campsites are couple friendly and kids friendly too.

    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.

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    Igatpuri Fireflies - Information Update 

    This is the 'Best-Time' to experience sighting Fireflies in 2024. The sighting will start around 3rd-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 2025.

    Weather Conditions: 

    It's too early to predict weather conditions for 2024. We will update it once we have detailed info available.

    Myths and Facts about Fireflies and Rain correlation

    Since June 10, 2023 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.  

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    Pickup point
    Igatpuri Secret Camping and Water Sports, Sayde, Igatpuri, Maharashtra 401604, 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.