Fireflies Festival 2023

 

Fireflies festival 2022 is about to begin! For those unaware of what this festival is about – every year just before monsoon, in the month of May and June, you can spot innumerable fireflies after sunset around Mumbai and various regions of Maharashtra. The sight of thousands of fireflies glowing in the dark is a sight to behold! 

Fireflies also called as Kajawa in Marathi and Jugnu in Hindi emit light in various patterns (up to 2000 designs!) to attract the opposite gender. 

Fireflies in Mumbai and most megacities are not much discussed and seen as the chaos and too much light of the city make it difficult to spot them. However, there are many places around Mumbai and Maharashtra where these gleaming bugs exist in the highest density. Various firefly events near Mumbai, away from noise and light pollution are organized each year to spot fireflies. A firefly trail is one of a kind experience and will truly excite you.

Gear up for the most unique natural trails that the firefly festival of Maharashtra has to offer. Choose from destinations such as Rajmachi, Prabalmachi, Kondane, Purushwadi, and Bhandhardhara to explore the expanse of the Western Ghats covered with twinkling small lights, this pre-monsoon!

 

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Rajmachi Fireflies Special Trek - Tour
Rajmachi Fireflies Special Trek
₹ 1,799
1 Night 2 Days
Available on request
Lonavala, Maharashtra
Rajmachi Fireflies Special Trek
₹ 1,799
Rajmachi Fireflies Special Trek   Rajmachi fireflies trek awaits you! Rajmachi Village situated near Lonavala, surrounded by Western Ghats is a perfect place to trek, camp and explore the twinkling fireflies during weekends. This firefly festival in Lonavala is the best option, especially if you are looking for a short getaway from the chaos of Mumbai and Pune city life!  The Rajmachi fort lying at the elevation of 2,750 feet offers majestic views of the Sahyadri Mountains. The fort is surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna, waterfalls, and green valleys. However, most people are oblivion to the fact that this place of natural beauty can be best explored before monsoon to experience the show of fireflies! The Rajmachi fireflies festival starts with an exciting night trekking experience. Fireflies also called as Kajawa in Marathi are bugs that illuminate after sunset during to attract the opposite mates with pre-monsoon being the mating period for them. Fireflies have become rare in cities and can be spotted in sparsely populated surroundings far away from the city buzz in natural vegetation. Escape into the wilderness and experience the magical sight of fireflies at Rajmachi trek.  About Rajmachi Rajmachi (Udhewadi) is a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri in Maharashtra. The fortification at Rajmachi consists of two forts, namely Shrivardhan Fort and Manaranjan Fort. Rajmachi Fort is a popular trekking destination. Rajmachi fort is a very famous fort located near famous hill stations of Maharashtra, Lonavala and Khandala. Historically, Rajmachi fort was a strategic fort to control Borghat (ghat between Khopoli and Khandala on Mumbai-Pune route) which was a historical trade route. The fort played a strategic role in the First Anglo-Maratha War. Rajmachi Fort has been declared as a protected monument. Disclaimer: Sighting of fireflies is a natural phenomenon and is completely based on the rains, so if it rains heavily we may see less or no fireflies. Batch 3 - 18th - 19th June 2022 read more read less
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Prabalmachi Fireflies Special Trek - Tour
Prabalmachi Fireflies Special Trek
₹ 1,499
1 Night 2 Days
Available on request
Panvel, Maharashtra
Prabalmachi Fireflies Special Trek
₹ 1,499
Fireflies Special Trek to Prabalmachi   Prabalmachi fireflies trek will be one of a kind of experience you shouldn’t miss this firefly season! Located between Panvel and Matheran, this popular weekend trekking and camping destination comes alive just before the monsoon. Situated atop the Kalavantin Durg, the site offers a panoramic view of the Panvel city, and the magnificent Prabalgad and Kalavantin Durg! What makes the experience unique is that in the pre-monsoon, you get to witness innumerable fireflies glowing around in the dark, lush, quiet terrains and meadows of Prabalmachi. Fireflies are insects which glow due to the chemical reaction occurring in their body. The phenomenon is called as a bioluminescence. Fireflies illuminate themselves to attract mates, prey or protect themselves from predators. The lush green scenic surroundings and cool breeze adds up to the Prabalmachi fireflies night trek experience. The Prabalmachi fireflies trek is a medium level trek with the journey starting from Mumbai and Pune. Gear up for a unique experience at Prabalmachi fireflies trek away from chaos that will enthrall you and leave you refreshed through the core. What else does one want in this utterly busy world?  About Prabalmachi Prabalmachi is a little hamlet hiding in the hills, so close to our megacity! It offers a picturesque backdrop of two gigantic Sahyadri peaks--Prabalgad and Kalavantin. Leave behind the city chaos and lose yourself to the mountains by spending some fun time.. Just walk along the dense forest and quietly observe these bio-luminescent bodies twinkling all around. Yes, it’s a moment to feel surprised and get awed by these little wonders. Spend some relaxing time at Prabalmachi base village. Simply indulge in never ending conversations and share stories. Wake up to mesmerizing views of the valley and check out the city lights that will make your weekend worthwhile. Located very close to Mumbai, Prabalmachi serves as the base village for famous treks of Prabalgad and Kalavantin forts. A highlighting feature is that it also plays host to numerous fireflies. It is a sight you would have never seen before!   Batch 1 - 4th - 5th June 2022 Batch 2 - 11th - 12th June 2022 Batch 3 - 18th - 19th June 2022 read more read less
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Bhandardara Fireflies Special Camping - Tour
Bhandardara Fireflies Special Camping
₹ 1,699
1 Night 2 Days
Available on request
Shendi, Maharashtra
Bhandardara Fireflies Special Camping
₹ 1,699
Bhandardara Fireflies Special Camping   Get ready for an offbeat weekend experience at the Bhandardara Fireflies camping event. Starting from mid-May to June, Bhandardara and its lush green surroundings shimmer up after sunset! Would like to witness this grand spectacle? Then you must visit the Bhandardara Kajwa festival. Bhandardara’s proximity to Mumbai and Nashik makes it an ideal weekend destination for travelers of all kinds. Whether you are a nature lover, looking for respite from the busy routine or just a college student getting ready for the new academic year with a renewed spirit, Bhandardara fireflies’ season will make you feel refreshed. The experience will be something that you will cherish forever. Just before the monsoon arrives, the tiny bioluminescence beings sparkle and shine to emit a glow. It's nature’s own light show that amuses one and all. Fireflies typically shine at twilight to attract mates or prey. These fireflies bring magic to your summer night. Play with these little creatures while they keep amusing you all night long. Photographers be ready with your cameras, so as to capture the sight and save it forever. Add to this the fun of a camping-night in the folds of majestic Sahyadris. About Bhandardara Situated by the Pravara River, Bhandardara is blessed with peace and tranquility with a relaxing view. You can spot many famous landmarks including the Kalsubai peak and Ratangad, Harishchandragad forts. Deep and dark, the valley of shadows and adjacent Samrad Village at Bhandardara is a home to millions of fireflies. Disclaimer: Sighting of fireflies is a natural phenomenon and is completely based on the rains, so if it rains heavily we may see less or no fireflies. Ex Bhandardara Cost - Rs.1499/-   Ex Kasara Cost - Rs.1999/-    Batch 3 - 18th - 19th June 2022 read more read less
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Purushwadi Fireflies Festival 2022 - Tour
Purushwadi Fireflies Festival 2022
₹ 3,299
1 Night 2 Days
Available on request
Dadar, Maharashtra
Purushwadi Fireflies Festival 2022
₹ 3,299
Purushwadi Fireflies Festival  2022   Celebrate the myriad hues of nature at the Purushwadi fireflies camp happening this pre-monsoon. This fest of fireflies near Nashik attracts the campers from all over the country, who come to this village to witness this fascinating spectacle. A perfect getaway from Mumbai and Pune, Purushwadi is small hamlet located in Akole Taluka of Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra. During May and June, zillions of fireflies come out in open after sunset in the stark open meadows of Purushwadi. These fireflies dissipate light from their abdomen in distinct pattern to attract the mates. The vibrant spots of shimmering light along the backdrop of dark night are treat for the eyes that are only glued to screens for the major part of the day.  This vacation, gather your relatives or friends and join this delightful expedition at Jugnu festival at Purushwadi. The quaint village lifestyle, delicious home-cooked food and scenic natural beauty of Purushwadi kajwa festival will etch the memories of fireflies camping in your mind for a long time.  About Purushwadi Purushwadi is a tribal village situated 180/ 220 km from both Mumbai & Pune en route to Nasik, and is quickly gaining popularity as an eco-tourism destination. The village is home to many indigenous tribes including bails, kolismahadeos, thakars, kolidhors, takarekolis, paradhis, kokanas, warlis, kathodis and katkaris.. It is nestled in the forested Western Ghats, between river Kurkundi and river Mula, in the Akole district of Maharashtra. The village has been adopted by a well-known NGO, Grassroutes who are dedicated towards promoting eco-friendly tourism in villages across Maharashtra, also providing livelihood to the villagers in the process. The village is a haven for us city-dwellers looking for a quick refreshing getaway from Mumbai.  At Purushwadi, one gets to experience the quaint village lifestyle, traditional hospitality of the friendly locals at the home stays, and delicious home-cooked food. Adding a touch of magic, the nights at Purushwadi are lightened up by nature’s very own illumination- hundreds of fireflies! Though all attempts have been made to maintain the raw flavour of the traditional village life, Purushwadi home-stays are well equipped with all the necessary, basic amenities electricity, drinking water, toilets facilities and beddings. Disclaimer: Sighting of fireflies is a natural phenomenon and is completely based on the rains, so if it rains heavily we may see less or no fireflies.   Ex Purushwadi Cost - Rs.2300/-   Ex Mumbai Cost - Rs.3300/-    Batch 3 - 25th - 26th June 2022 Please note that we are going to get close to nature. Hence all the facilities will be basic. Do not expect deal of comfort, even while we strive to make available better facilities. This is nature's trail. We are going to enjoy something incredible that nature is keeping hidden from us urban folks. The price for that is stepping out from our comforts. But believe us, it will be worth it... read more read less
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Fireflies Special Camping at Dehne Village - Tour
Fireflies Special Camping at Dehne Village
₹ 1,999
17 Hours 30 Minutes
Available on request
Dehene, Maharashtra
Fireflies Special Camping at Dehne Village
₹ 1,999
Grade: Easy  Leave behind the city chaos and lose yourself to the mountains by spending some fun time with the glowing fireflies. Just walk along the dense forest and quietly observe these bio-luminescent bodies (fireflies) twinkling all around. Yes, it’s a moment to feel surprised and get awed by these little wonders (fireflies).About Dehne Located in the interiors of Maharashtra, Dehne Village serves as a base village for famous treks in the Sahyadri range. Away from the lights and air pollution of Mumbai, Dehne offers a clear sky, making it a perfect location for Stargazing. By dawn, the skyline glows against a silhouette of Ajoba Hills and a setup of a sleepy, serene village. A wide, open, unobstructed view of the sky can help photographers try their hand at Star Trail photography too! Batch 1 - 4th - 5th June 2022 Batch 2 - 11th - 12th June 2022 Batch 3 - 18th - 19th June 2022 read more read less
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Firefly Festival 2022 Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do fireflies glow? 
Fireflies contain a specialized chemical called luciferin in their abdomen. This chemical when combined with oxygen and luciferase enzyme results in a chemical reaction causing their abdomen to glow. 
 

2. Where can I find fireflies near me?
Fireflies can be found in areas away from cities after sunset and mostly at the margins of forests, near ponds, rivers, lakes or streams. 

 

3. Where can I find fireflies near Mumbai? Where can I find fireflies in Maharashtra? 

The regions in Sahyadri or the Western Ghats in Maharashtra and some areas around Mumbai are the best places to see fireflies. This includes Rajmachi, Purushwadi, forests around Mulshi Lake, Bhandardara, Prabalmachi, Bhimashankar, Samrad, Ratanwadi, Harishchandragad, Dehne, Ghatghar Dam and Kondane.

 

4. When will the firefly festival start near Mumbai?

The firefly festival near Mumbai starts in May and June. Fireflies avoid light pollution and they die once the rain begins. Hence, firefly festivals start in the pre-monsoon months near Mumbai. 

 

5. Which month is the best to witness fireflies in Maharashtra?

Late May and June are the best months to witness fireflies in Maharashtra. Join TTrikon’s firefly festivals to explore fireflies gleaming at their best. 

 

6. What are all places to witness fireflies in Maharashtra?

There are various places in Maharashtra to witness fireflies. This includes Purushwadi, Rajmachi, Siddhagad, Samrad and Ratandwadi. 

 

7. Where to find the highest density of fireflies near Mumbai?

Purushwadi, Rajmachi, Bhandardara, Siddhagad, Samrad, and Dehne near Mumbai are where you can find the highest density of fireflies as these places have less light pollution. 

 

 

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