Our Mischief Treks special - Secret location is a Non-Crowded Location. Here you can enjoy watching fireflies away from the crowd and enjoy the adventure. This event is only for those who wish to go to a location that is not known or revealed till the last moment. Fireflies Secret Camping Location near Mumbai. The location is in the deep interiors of the forest region near a lake. Unlike Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Bhandardhara etc .. this location is not known to the masses. Our team has put in a lot of time and effort to hunt for this location where you can have the serenity of nature with a calm surrounding you get to watch thousands of fireflies dancing around. We have organized several camping events in this location. It's also one of our most Favorite locations for camping. The travel time is approximately 4 hours from Mumbai.
Join us for best experience of Secret Location Fireflies Festival 2023. Its Non-Crowded and at short distance from Mumbai it's Couple and Family friendly.
|Event:||Fireflies Festival 2023 - Secret Location|
|Dates:||09-Jun-2023, 10-Jun-2023, 16-Jun-2023, 17-Jun-2023, 23-Jun-2023, 24-Jun-2023|
|Suitable for:||All age groups.|
Charges and Travel Options for Secret Fireflies Festival Camping:
You need to 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. 2500 per person
Kids charges Rs. 1000
⚠️ Booking closes once slots are sold out.
Eligibility Condition: Participants need to Read and Understand the Details, Faq's, Important points to note before considering to proceed. Do not book this event if the details and points mentioned are not agreeable to you
- Camping at a exclusive Non-Crowded secret location
- Experience magical dance of fireflies
- Kids, Family, and Couple friendly location.
- No trek involved, get the opportunity to be in the arms of nature
- Bring your kids close to the nature.
Fireflies Festival Secret Location by Mischief Treks
Join us for Secret Location Fireflies Festival Camping 2023 from Mumbai. Its a Non-Crowded Exclusive Campsite and will provide safe and best available option to view fireflies in abundance. The event is Kids, Couples and Families friendly. Other locations include Rajmachi, Igatpuri, and Kothaligad.
DETAILED ITINERARY - Secret Fireflies Camping - Fireflies Festival 2023
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
Travel: All participants need to gather at SGNP Gate- Borivli at 4pm, The participants need to travel in their own vehicle to reach the campsite. By 4.15 we shall start the journey.
- 08:30 pm: We are expected to reach the camping location around 08.30 pm. On arrival, unwind, freshen up and assemble for dinner. Enjoy a nice hot meal cooked by the locals of the village.
- 09:30 pm: Post dinner, gather for a small introduction and instruction round before we head out to explore the Fire Flies. Once we step out of the campsite, we will see many small blinking lights of the fireflies throughout the jungle trail. Our aim will be to reach a spot with fireflies in abundance. Enjoy this magical mating season of these small glowing flies amidst the forest. We will spend some time here watching the fireflies glow in rhythm.
- 11:00 pm: We will head back to the campsite for some fun night camping setup and games. We will sing, dance, and play games before we go back to our tents to sleep.
- 06:00 am: Rise and shine before the sun. We will be heading out for a small morning trail before breakfast. Those who want to stay back at the campsite can stay.
- 07:00 am: We will be back at the campsite and have a scrumptious breakfast, freshen up and pack your belongings as we prepare to leave.
- 09:00 am: We will leave the campsite with happy memories. Expected to reach Mumbai around 1.30 pm
What is included in the tour
- Dinner Veg/Jain (Saturday)
- Morning breakfast & tea (Sunday)
- Fireflies sighting
- Tent Stay OR Alternate Stay arrangement
- First Aid Guide & expertise charges.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Personal expense
- Personal vehicle parking charges
- Rescue charges
- Soft Drinks
- Bottled water
- Things not covered in inclusions
- Identity Proof (must)
- Torch with extra battery (Must)
- A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs)
- Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
- Optional- Extra Mats/Sleeping Bag or blanket to add on to comfort level in tent.
- Medicine that you require usually (We do have a basic first aid kit)
- Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments or carry precious items.
- Extra pair of clothes.
Important Points to note regarding Fireflies Festival 2023
Do not book this event without reading and understanding these details.
Transport: You need to travel in your vehicle till the campsite. Its approx 4 hours from Mumbai
Tents Stay: A Styrofoam mattress will be provided in the tents to keep you comfortable. Tents will be allocated on 2/3/4 sharing basis depending on the tent size available at the time of booking. 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.
Exact Location: The physical location of this event will not be shared until 3 hours prior to event date and time. The whole idea of having this secret location event is to add element of surprise and uncertainty. If you are not comfortable with this parameter, please do not book this event. Other locations of Fireflies evens have exact location mentioned on event details page.
Washroom: One basic washroom is available within a walking distance of 5 min. This is a tribal area (aadvasi area) so washroom is pretty basic.
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 goes bad, accommodation will be provided in a homestay/dormitory/shelter 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.
IMPORTANT: Please make sure you are physically fit to complete the event and "Before booking" you have read, understood, and agreed to all the Points to note, Disclaimer, Details, and things explained in FAQs. Bus transport depends on the availability of the required seating capacity of bus. 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. 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.
Points to Note and FAQ's Regarding Secret Fireflies Festival
Following are the frequently asked questions regarding Secret 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: I have booked/paid for the event, is my booking confirmed for Fireflies Festival?
Ans. No !, your booking can become invalid if you do not submit the "Most Important Details" required for emergency situations. For any Trek/Adventure event the organizers need to have your details at least 24 hours prior to the event. 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 on WhatsApp immediately after you complete the booking instructions mentioned on the website. Submitting incomplete/incorrect/fake details in 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 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. How do we get in touch after reaching the meeting point for Secret Location 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. Does the campsite have a Washroom Facility?
Ans. We have washroom available at 5 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. Is it safe for solo participants?
Ans. Yes, mostly 30% of participants come up solo and blend in.
Q. Is it safe for girls/kids/women?
Ans. Apart from the standard risks of any outdoor activity, it's safe for kids, girls, women, and men too. Mischief Treks has a track record of making our trekking and camping events extremely safe for girls. Normally 60 – 65 % of our participants are females.
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. What all things are provided in the tent?
Ans. The tent contains a Styrofoam mat which is similar to a yoga mat, and a blanket for each person. We suggest you to bring (optional) a bedsheet or blanket to add on to the comfort levels.
Q. How many people will share the tent OR can we have separate tent for ourselves?
Ans. We have tents of 4 different size . 2/3/4/8 person capacity tents are available, you can chose from any of these as per number of persons coming along with you. Tent size is as per standard international norms for tents. The 2 person tent is dimension: 200 x 150 x 110 cm. The 3 person tent has dimensions 200 x 200 x 130 cm. The 4 person tent has dimensions 220 x 250 x 150cm. 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)
Q. We are coming by our own vehicle for this camping event where should we reach?
Ans. You need to reach Palghar Station / Virar Phata at the scheduled meeting time. This is where we will be meeting, from here you can follow our vehicles. You will be given exact coordination details after you finish booking formalities. We will be creating a WhatsApp group for coordination, you will be provided all relevant details in the group. Please do not be late, we cannot keep other participants waiting. If you are not able to reach on time you will be considered as Drop-Out and no refund will be provided in such case.
Q. Is there a parking lot available at the campsite?
Ans. As it's evident from the event location description given on the main section of this page, this campsite is in the middle of a forest and there is no parking lot or civilization nearby. People coming to this event have been parking their vehicles approx 400 meters away from the campsite in an open area.
Q. How many people will be at the camping event?
Ans. Depends on the number of people booking the event. Generally, the batch size is approximately 30-40 Mischief Treks participants.
Q. How should I book the event?
Ans. All you have to do is press the book now button on this page and follow the instructions.
Q. How do we get in touch after reaching the meeting point?
Ans. We will be creating a WhatsApp group for coordination where you will be provided all the necessary information regarding contact person, exact point to meet etc..
Q. What is provided in meals at the camping location?
Ans. Dinner will consist of veg and jain food. rice, chapati, daal, and seasonal veg . The food is cooked by tribals. Please do not book this event if you are looking for restaurant or hotel-like food. This is a hardcore tribal area.
Q. What are the batch dates for the fireflies festival in Secret Location at our Exclusive Non-Crowded Maharashtra?
Ans. The best dates for Fireflies Festival Camping in our Exclusive Secret Location is from 15-May-2023 to 30-June-2023. We at Mischief Treks have Fireflies Festival Camping scheduled at our Exclusive Non-Crowded Campsite on 20-May-2023, 27-May-2023, 03-June-2023, 10-June-2023, 17-June-2023, 25-June-2023.
Q. Does the Secret Location 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. Is Parking available at Secret Fireflies campsite location?
Ans. No, Official parking lot is not available at the Secret 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. What are the major problems faced by organisers while organising Fireflies events?
Ans. The Fireflies festival happens during end of may till mid June. This is the worst time to go camping. But 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 "mujhe aaisa socha" or 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. We have also had people in past who thought we are some travel agent or a company and expected us to have customer care setup whereas participating in a sport event like cricket, football, trekking, or any outdoor adventure activity is different.
Q. What time of year do fireflies appear?
Ans. In India, Fireflies start appearing during May-end and are visible till June.
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. 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. 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. Which locations are available for booking Fireflies Festival 2023?
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
- Bhandardara Fireflies Festival
- Igatpuri Fireflies Festival
- Rajmachi Fireflies Festival
- Kothaligad Fireflies Festival
- Secret Location Fireflies Festival
- Karjat Fireflies Festival
- Prabalmachi Fireflies Festival
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. 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 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. 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 Secret Location Fireflies Festival 2023?
Ans. The official website for Online-Booking of Fireflies Festival 2023 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.
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.
Q. Will there be bonfire/bbq ?
Ans. During Fireflies mating season any kind of fire is to be avoided. Bonfire causes smoke which is harmful for fireflies, hence its banned.
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Information Update as on June 04, 2023
Fireflies sighting has already started since couple of days at all fireflies festival locations. According to observations its a good start and soon we will be able to witness thousands of fireflies in next batch scheduled.
Weather Conditions: Rains have not yet started and that's a good news. As of now, wind is calm and nights have started to get comfortable. But the chances of rains will increase as each day of June passes by. Please read the 'Important Points to Note' section on this page to understand things related to rains.
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.
- 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.