The Karjat fireflies festival starting from May 18, 2024 and ending June 22, 2024 is one of the best locations near Mumbai to see maximum fireflies. Join us for Non-Crowded experience of Fireflies Festival 2024 at Karjat. Online Booking is currently available. At short distance from Mumbai it's couple, kids and family friendly. Located away from the crowds, Karjat offers a serene and untouched landscape that sets the stage for a truly magical encounter with fireflies. 
Prior to the third weekend of May, fireflies sighting will be minimal.  As per latest update Karjat witnessed rains recently, and as a result the weather has become more favorable for fireflies sighting. Current weather conditions are now perfectly suitable for Fireflies mating. Current weather conditions are now perfectly suitable for Fireflies mating. Current weather conditions are now perfectly suitable for Fireflies mating. During Karjat Fireflies Festival batch of May 18, 2024 people witnessed lot of fireflies. After third weekend of June, Fireflies sighting will be minimal.

This is an opportunity to spend the night without city like or resort like or any objects man created for comfort. We will be spending the night in raw conditions of nature. Do not expect this to be a luxury camping event. This event gets conducted in most adverse time and situation of they year. This is a secret and exclusive non-crowded location near Karjat region of Maharashtra. You can witness the mating dance of Fireflies with Mischief Treks at this mesmerising deep forest area. Karjat Fireflies Festival camping 2024 from Mumbai is a Non-Crowded location that provides safe and best available camping to experience fireflies in abundance. 

Mischief Treks recommends the following Fireflies Festival locations for a good number of fireflies spotting:

Karjat Fireflies Festival 2024 (Kajwa mahotsav)

Event: Fireflies Festival 2024 - Karjat Camping
Duration:  Overnight Camping 
Dates: 18-May-2024, 25-May-2024, 01-Jun-2024, 08-Jun-2024, 15-Jun-2024, and 22-Jun-2024
Location:  Karjat, Maharashtra
Suitable for:  All age groups.
Category: Fireflies Camping
Organised By Mischief Treks


Overnight Camping 31 May, 31 May, 01 Jun, and more Karjat, Maharashtra
What makes this event special
  • The thrill of walking through a forest. 
  • Camping at one of the best and Exclusive Mischief Treks Campsite near Karjat
  • Non-Crowded Campsite
  • Watch twinkly fireflies under night sky.
  • Veg and Jain Food Available
  • Complete Safety and Security.
  • Safe Campsite for Women, Girls, Solo Travelers, Groups, Couples.
  • Non Commercial Campsite
  • Group tents - 3 sharing 
  • All the Mischief and Fun, just like old times.
  • Photography - be ready to get clicked.
  • All the "Masti" which is a USP of Mischief Treks.

Karjat Fireflies Festival 2024 Camping near Mumbai by Mischief TreksKarjat Fireflies Festival 2024. Image clicked by Mischief Treks. Copyright: Mischief Treks. Source: www.mischieftreks.com

Album Link:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/RB4ZZVwMGGm4uY1X7

Price change alert. Charges for Fireflies Festival will increase as days pass by.

Charges and Travel Options:

⚠️ The charges mentioned below are "Base Price" for booking at least 20 days in advance. Charges for booking less than 20 days prior to event date will be higher. Kindly click on "Book Now"  button to check the dynamic pricing applicable for a given date.

Option A: INR 1600.00
You can reach the campsite in your own vehicle. We will be sharing GPS locations and directions/instructions on the WhatsApp group.

Option B: INR 2000.00
Camping & Pickup/Drop from Neral Railway Station included. Pickup/Drop Time: 6:08 pm Neral. Next day 9:00 am pickup from Campsite

Kids Charges: For Kids 01 to 05 years charges without pickup are Rs. 499 and with Pickup from Neral are Rs. 950. Above 5 years charges are same for all.

Explanation of charges:
The above charges are per person charges. If you wish to have twin sharing tents, you can opt for this Add-on immediately after making payment by sharing your booking ID with us on WhatsApp.

⚠️ Eligibility Condition:

  • If you wish to apply for being part of our group during Fireflies Festival, you need to "Read" and "Understand" the Details, FAQ's, Inclusions, Important Note, About-us, etc... 
  • Do not book this event if the details mentioned are not agreeable to you, OR if you do not have time to read and be AWARE of what you are signing up for.
Date and Time
Date Time Status
25-May-2024 07:30 PM Closed
31-May-2024 07:30 PM Available
01-Jun-2024 07:30 PM Available
07-Jun-2024 07:30 PM Available
08-Jun-2024 07:30 PM Available
14-Jun-2024 07:30 PM Available
15-Jun-2024 07:30 PM Available

The above date and time is for reaching the Camping location

Timeline of the event.

Option 1: Those coming by own vehicle need to reach the meeting point Karjat, before 18.10 pm and follow our vehicles till camping location. If you wish to reach the camping location directly you can sync your timing with the group movement occurring at the same time and reach the campsite at 7:30pm

Option 2 : Those who have opted for pick up and drop from Neral Local train station need to board Karjat Local Train local train at these timings from a station nearest to you.

Train For Karjat Fireflies Festival Camping

Catch the Neral Local train from the station nearest to you

Train timings:

  • CSMT : 16:30 pm
  • Byculla: 16:37 pm
  • Dadar: 16:43 pm
  • Kurla: 16:50 pm
  • Ghatkopar: 16:54 pm
  • Mulund: 17:06 pm
  • Thane: 17:10 pm
  • Dombivali: 17:25 pm
  • Kalyan: 17:34 pm
  • Neral: 18:08 pm

Once the train reaches the station local jeeps will be waiting outside the station to take you to the campsite.

Schedule for Karjat Fireflies Festival

  • The train is expected to reach Neral station at 18:08 hrs. Once the Train reaches the event leader from Mischief Treks will meet you at the station and the group will move out and take the transport vehicle by 18:40 pm.
  • The event leader will reach the campsite along with train participants around 07:30 pm. We shall then have a short introduction once everyone has gathered at campsite. Tent allocation will be done after the the introduction session.
  • You can freshen up, rest well, in your tents. Dinner will be ready around 08:30 to 08:45 pm. 
  • We shall then leave to spot Fireflies, we will be walking through the dense forest region. Generally the spotting can be done with plain walk of 15 min from campsite, but depending on where the fireflies will be at that date and time, we may have to walk for 30 min to spot the fireflies. During this forest walk, we will spend ample time watching fireflies.
  • People can opt to stay back at the fireflies spot as long as they want or join us back to campsite for a round of Antakshari and other exciting games.
  • We'll have breakfast around 08:00 am. Post breakfast we can head out for Station around 8:30am and get back home

Coordination: Three hours prior to the event date and time, we will be creating a WhatsApp group for coordination purposes, coordinator contact, etc will be shared in the group. 

What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Pickup and drop from Neral station (if Opted for)
  • Tent Stay 3-sharing 
    (Twin sharing available on additional cost of Rs.500 per couple)
  • Dinner (Pure veg and Jain Food)
  • Breakfast and Tea
  • Govt / Local Body Charges as applicable
  • Expertise charges
  • Basic First Aid

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.
  2. Good and reliable trekking shoes and extra pair of floaters.
  3. Water (minimum 2 Ltrs) Compulsory.
  4. Torch with extra batteries - do not depend on the phone. 
  5. Keep your phone fully charged.
  6. Mosquito repellent (optional)
  7. A bedsheet or Turkish towel to lay down and rest or you may carry a sleeping bag.
  8. Some ready-to-eat food like biscuits, plum cake, etc to keep your tummy happy.
  9. Medicines (if you need any), Glucon D / Electrol / Enerzyl Powder (We will have a basic first aid kit with us).
  10. A haversack to put all your things. Your hands need to be free while trekking.
Important Note

Important Points to note regarding Karjat Fireflies Festival 2024

If you have opted for the transportation the local vehicles from the Neral station to the base will be provided. If you are hiring a driver or driving the vehicle yourself, in either case every individual person coming to the event has to be registered as a participant and has to pay the charges. If you do not wish to pay for your driver you can ask him to drop you and then come back to pick you up next day.

2 Washrooms are available at the camping location. These are basic village washrooms.

A Styrofoam mat will be provided in the tents to keep you comfortable. Tents will be allocated on 3 sharing basis, for Twin sharing additional Rs.500 needs to be paid per couple. For availing exclusive tent for just one person, additional 800/- would be applicable. The tent will have a Styrofoam mat which is similar to yoga mat. To add to comfort level, we suggest you to carry a bedsheet or blanket to be put on the mat. Please not this is not a regular camping event and the tents are very basic dome tents

In case of heavy rains, an attempt will be made to provide shelter for the entire batch 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. The attempt to find shelter will purely on best-effort basis and availability cannot be assured. Do not book this event if you are not comfortable with such situations

Exact location:
The precise location of the campsite is at 30 min drive from Karjat station and Neral station. This campsite is situated in an unnamed place in forest area falling under Karjat region.  To avoid overcrowding, the gps location will be shared with the participants only in the whatsapp group created for coordination. If you do not wish to proceed with registration for undisclosed location, we highly recommend considering other popular locations like Bhandardara, Rajmachi, Parbalmachi, Igatpuri, Purushwadi etc.

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 1 min from the campsite.  

During fireflies festival is sourced from local "Adivasi" villagers, this is basic home cooked food and is prepared by the villagers in the region. In past several years people have loved this food. But since lockdown got over, the expectations of people have become unreal and food is still that same authentic village food. Do not book this event if food is your priority. Alternatively please carry packaged food along with you if you are grumpy about food.

Please Note:
The main focus of this event is watching "Fireflies" and this is not a Camping focused event.
Tent stay/Village home stay is just a medium to provide shelter for the night.

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.

Fireflies Sighting: 
Fireflies Glow only in weather condition suitable for mating. As we are currently in transition phase of moving from Summer to Monsoon the weather is completely unpredictable and can change within hours. Its not possible to predict the weather in advance. Natural phenomenon like Rain, Wind, Flowers, Fireflies, Clouds, Heat wave, Cool breeze, Humidity, etc. are not in our control and we do not assure occurrence of any natural phenomenon. During Fireflies Festival, 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 batches will have lesser number of fireflies.

Please make sure you are physically fit to complete the event and "before" booking you have gone through all the details,  FAQ, Points to note, and Disclaimer. Please do not book this event if you are not comfortable with the terms explained on this page. 

Beware of "Chapri" type of shady boys on Instagram, luring people using cheap-tricks like discounts or offers, they generally use stolen or without-permission reposted images/videos/text content. Its pretty easy for any one to create a instagram ID with fake followers.

Always research about "Compatibility" and "Category" of the trek group you plan to join. After all, you will be spending entire duration at night in company of the group You choose. 

As per our experience "People often opt for groups that match their mindset" -OR- sometimes get carried away by cheap manipulative marketing.

How to Reach

How to Reach Karjat Fireflies Festival:

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

  1. Open Google search tab
  2. Type the following words in the search window "My location to Karjat Fireflies-Festival distance"
  3. You shall get the exact time required to travel, modes of travel, and distance (kilometers) from your location. to Karjat. The exact pin point location in the forest is not available on google search. The campsite is at driving distance of 30 min from Neral railway station. You need to meet the trek leader at the meeting point and move ahead with the team.

Location: Karjat, Maharashtra.

Google Map Link : https://maps.app.goo.gl/pZ24uBXK3Rev1j4x9
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Karjat Fireflies Festival - FAQ's

Latest photo of Karjat Fireflies Festival 2024. Copyright Mischief Treks

Q: What are the best dates to attend the Karjat Fireflies Festival in 2024?

A: Karjat Fireflies Festival is scheduled from May 18, 2024, to June 22, 2024. For having the best experience of seeing fireflies you can plan your visit between May 27, 2024, and June 16, 2024. During this period you have best chance to find the highest number of fireflies. As heavy rainfall begins in the third week of June, Camping at the Karjat Fireflies Festival becomes tricky and tough.

Q: How to book Karjat Fireflies Festival online?

Ans. Booking tickets for the Karjat Fireflies Festival 2024 needs to be done online through the official website of Mischief Treks on www.mischieftreks.com You need to click on Book Now button on this page and select the preferred date available for booking Karjat Fireflies Festival.
Next step is to select number of people you wish to book for, and then enter contact details. After this proceed for making payment. Pay attention to warnings and alerts that get displayed if you have made any mistake while entering details. Once you have made the payment you will receive a n email containing further information. 
After verifying your payment our team will get in touch with you regarding KYC form which needs to be submitted within 3 hours of receiving the form link. Submitting the KYC form completes the booking process.

Q: Is the Fireflies Festival suitable for females?

Ans. Absolutely, We at Mischief Treks believe in equality and adventure for all. Whether you are 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 memorable experience. 

Q: Are Kids allowed to participate in Karjat 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: Is Karjat fireflies festival safe for solo participants?  

A. 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 Karjat Fireflies Festival safe for girls?  

A. Mischief Treks has a track record of making our trekking and camping events extremely safe for girls. Normally 60 to 70 percent of our participants are females. 

Q: Are pets allowed in Fireflies Festival?

A. 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. Are any discounts or coupon codes available?

A. Mischief Treks is known to be one of the rare few organizers who do not try to manipulate people using marketing tricks like unreasonably increasing charges and then providing offers and discounts to make people feel as if they have got best deal. The concept of Group-discounts end up making  solo participants pay more and hence we do not support it. We at mischief Trek believe in honest and transparent charges for one and all. 

Q: How much do we have to walk from the campsite to see the Fireflies?

A. Once we start walking to watch the fireflies we may have to walk for 5-15 min (approximately 20 meters to 400 meters) to to be able to spot the fireflies. 

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

A. No you don't have to exert, at Mischief Treks Fireflies campsite there is no need for rock climbing or uphill treks to witness the fireflies. The walk through the forest is mostly on forest ground, allowing you to experience in the beauty without breaking a sweat. 

Q: How long can we watch fireflies?

A. We at Mischief Treks make sure everyone gets enough time at the spot where fireflies are visible in huge number. However, if you are craving an extended firefly experience, feel free to stay back at the spot as long as you like. You can join back with the group once you are done. It's all about creating unforgettable moments.

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

A. Yes you can provided you have your own wheels, you can reach as per your comfort and leave the campsite whenever you wish. You can skip dinner/stay, and if you are ready to hit the road, you can return to your home or hotel. 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 mobile phone network coverage available at the campsite?

A. Well, If you use Jio phone you will have phone network coverage, but if you use Airtel or any other phone you might get intermittent network. The mobile network coverage is pretty patchy. So, be prepared for some digital detox with Mischief Treks and embrace the nature vibes. 

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

A. Sorry, but the Fireflies campsite is located in forest region at a remote location and there is no option to charge your mobile phones. Mischief Treks recommends bringing along a portable power bank with you so that you don't run out of phone battery power.

Q: How to reach the Karjat Fireflies Festival location from Mumbai/Pune? 

A. You need to reach Neral Station at the scheduled meeting time, from here you can follow our vehicles. After this point cellphone network coverage is bad and our team might not be contactable. The GPS location is provided in the WhatsApp group for ease of travel. 

Q: How is the road to Karjat Fireflies Festival location? 

A. The road till the base village is in extremely good condition.

Q: How do we get in touch after reaching the meeting point? 

A. Three hours prior to departure from Mumbai, 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 Neral. Apart from on-field coordination related info, all other information is already available on this page.

Q: Is parking available at Karjat Fireflies location?

A. No, Official parking lot is not available at the Karjat Fireflies 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 is the stay arrangement at Karjat? 

A. The stay at Karjat will be in tents, A Styrofoam mat 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.

Q: How to request for couple tent?

A. Once you have made the payment and our team has verified your payment transfer, one of out team member will get in touch with you and share KYC form link. This needs to be submitted within three hours of receiving the form.
After submitting KYC form, you can upgrade for twin sharing by stating your preference on same WhatsApp number. 

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

A. We have tents of 3 different size. 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. 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/food at Karjat Fireflies Festival?  

A. 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 tribal villagers. Restaurant and Hotel food is not available at Karjat Fireflies Festival.

Q. Is drinking water provided at the campsite?

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

Q. Is alcohol allowed during Fireflies Festival camping?

A. 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: Is there a washroom available at Campsite?

A. Washroom is available in the village for public use. Please be informed this is a basic toilet built in accordance to tribal village standards. Western style commodes are not available. There is no electricity in washroom and also for water one needs to refill the bucket before using washroom. If you wish to use the washroom at night, its advisable to carry torch.  

Q: How many people will be participating per batch? 

A. Final count of participants depend on the number of people booking, cancelling and rescheduling the event. Generally, the batch size is approximately 35-45 participants.

Q: What is meaning of word Camping?

A. 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. 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: Which locations are available for booking Fireflies Festival 2024?

A. 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: What are the major problems faced by organizers during Fireflies Festival? 

A. The Fireflies festival happens during end of may till mid June, and this is the worst time to go for overnight stay at such locations, But as the fireflies are visible only in this season the only thing we can rely upon is having shelter at village homes or tents. Tents are completely unreliable in this region due to heavy wind possibilities. 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 organizers or they may expect this to be like the regular camping events. For example, at fireflies events food will be pretty basic, stay arrangement will be very basic, bonfire cant be done as smoke harms fireflies. 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, Terms, FAQ section and About-Us section. We cant guess what you already know and what you don't. So, we insist that you need to at least once reading event details to avoid any omissions. Even after all the efforts to educate the participants, some of them still choose to be not aware of the facts and their unrealistic expectation causes lot of pain to the organizers. 

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

A. 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: What if my application to join is disapproved due to my behavior?

A. Its important to understand, if you are expelled or if you try to force yourself on us, your application will be rejected based on your unacceptable behavior. No refunds are provided in such case of expulsion or disapproval of joining.

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

A. 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 receiving Booking Confirmation email. 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 - KYC 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?

A. 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: Since when is cancellation policy applicable?

A. The policy is applicable for your booking immediately after you make the payment, irrespective of the date and time when you booked. The refunds/rescheduling requests will be processed based on the refund slabs mentioned in cancellation policy. The date and time of booking the event are irrelevant for calculating applicable slabs for refunds.

Q: Which is the Official website for online booking Karjat Fireflies Festival 2024?

A. 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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Detailed information

Karjat Fireflies - Information Update 

The best time to watch fireflies in Maharashtra, India is during pre-monsoon phase i.e. Starting from third week of the month of May to third week of June. 

Personal experience: 

According to the Trek-Leader Kuldip Rathore, last week of the month of May 2024 and the first two weeks of the month of June 2024 are going to be the best time for sighting maximum number of fireflies. He also suggests that this year maximum number of fireflies will be witnessed at Bhandardara Fireflies Festival, Karjat Fireflies Festival, Rajmachi Fireflies festival, AquaNest Igatpuri Fireflies Festival, and Kothaligad Fireflies Festival. Amongst these locations AquaNest and Bhandardara campsites of Mischief Treks will have maximum number of fireflies.

The Glowing Mystery: Did you think why do these creatures illuminate the night? Well, It's all about romance and warning. Fireflies use their radiant glow to attract potential mates while simultaneously sending a message to predators who often are afraid of fire and illuminating objects. 

The Threat of Decline: Loss of Habitat, increasing light pollution, and use of pesticides by humans pose significant threats to the firefly population in India. With only a handful of species remaining, the need for conservation efforts has become a matter of urgency. These fireflies are safe for humans and they do not bite. If you are concerned about rain and its impact on fireflies check the Facts vs Myth

Weather Conditions

Its too early to predict weather for May-June 2024. We will share updates once we have reliable information.

Myths and Facts about Fireflies and Rain correlation

Since 2021, 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. For details click here - > Myths and Facts about Fireflies and Rain correlation

Beware of "Chapri" groups on Instagram, luring people using cheap-tricks like discounts or offers, they generally use stolen or without-permission reposted images/videos/text content.
Always research about "Compatibility" and "Category" of the trek group you plan to join. After all, you will be spending entire duration at night in company of the group You choose. 

As per our experience "People often opt for groups that match their mindset -OR- sometimes get carried away by cheap manipulative marketing."

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.  

Pickup point
Karjat Railway Station, Aamrai, Karjat, Maharashtra, India View on Map
Cancellation, Rescheduling And Refund Policy
  • 90% will be refunded if canceled 16 to 30 days (720+ hrs) in advance.
  • 75% will be refunded if canceled 11 to 15 days (360+ hrs) in advance.
  • 50% will be refunded if canceled 06 to 10 days (240+ 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 then rescheduling it to a batch available on future date.


  • Refunds will be calculated and processed on basis of the slabs mentioned above. 
  • Refund amount will be transferred 24 hours after event date and time. 
  • Refund Credit will be received at your end depending on your mode of payment. Credit card refunds take 5-15 days to reflect on your statement. UPI refunds are generally credited to your account within 2-3 hours by your bank. 

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.
Logic and Reason: 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.