Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Camping 2023

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.

  • Location: Bhandardara lake, Akole, Maharashtra
  • Duration: 2 days and 1 night
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Endurance: Moderate
  • Weather: Pleasant 
  • Distance from Mumbai: 165km
  • Distance from Pune: 160km 
  • Distance from Kasara: 65km
  • Distance from Nashik: 75km

Who Should Attend ?

Friends, family and corporate outings

Cost For Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Camping 2023

  • Adult Ex Bhandardara Reaching directly ₹.1399

(Adult have to reach bhandardara by own vehicle)

  • Child Ex Bhandardara Reaching directly ₹.999

(5 to 8 Years have to reach bhandardara by own vehicle)

  • Per Child With Transport  ₹.1499

(5 to 8 Years child will get Kasara to kasara Travel)

  • Per Adult With Transport  ₹.1999

(Adult will get Kasara to kasara Travel)

1 Night 2 Days Available on request
What makes this tour special
  • Twinkling Fireflies are the highlight of this journey
  • Experience rustic village stay--camping or homestay in case of rain
  • Night Strolls, mystery stories around Bhandardara will keep you hooked!
  • Stay amidst the view of Alang, Madan, Kulang, Kalsubai, Ratangad and Ajoba forts
  • Try your hand at night-time photography
Dates and Rates
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  • Sorry no more departures available. You could get in touch with us at bookings@bhatakna.com if you'd like to make a booking.
  • Itinerary

    Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Camping 2023

    Day 1 Saturday - Travel Camping & Fireflies Chasing

    For Mumbai Participant Train Time Table

    Catch CST-Kasara Fast Local @ 12:30 pm

    12:30 pm Mumbai CST
    12:37 pm Byculla
    12:43 pm Dadar
    12:50 pm Kurla
    12:54 pm Ghatkopar
    01:06 pm Mulund
    01:12 pm Thane
    01:28 pm Dombivili
    01:37 pm Kalyan
    02:47 pm Kasara

    03:00 pm Meet the Bhatakna Team at Kasara Station

    03:30 pm  Proceed towards Base Village

    Lunch Halt enroute

    06:00 pm Reach Bhandardara 

    06:30 pm Have evening snacks

    07:30 pm Have fun at campsite

    09:30 pm Dinner & Games

    10:30 pm Stroll around the villages to witness the twinkling fireflies

    11:30 pm Rest for the day

    Day 2 Sunday - Travel & Back to Home

    06:30 am Wake up call and freshen up

    07:30 am Have breakfast

    08:00 am Boating by lake

    09:00 am Start return journey to Kasara Station

    12:00 pm Reach Kasara Station

    12:30 pm Board CST Train

    03:30 pm Reach CST

    What we'll give. What we won't

    What is included in the tour

    • Local Transport from Kasara to Kasara
    • Food: Evening Snacks and Dinner, Sunday breakfast
    • Boating
    • Tent Stay Twin Sharing & Tripel / Dormitory Home Stay Accommodation at Village ( In case of Rain )
    • Bhatakna Guide Expertise Charges

    What is NOT included in the tour

    • Saturday & Sunday Lunch
    • Any personal expenses such as soft drinks etc.
    • Anything other than above mentioned inclusions
    • Train Travelling from Mumbai to Kasara & Return
    Things To Carry
    • Identity Card
    • 2 ltrs water
    • Torch with new cells (compulsory)
    • Enerzyl powder or Glucon D powder
    • Snacks & biscuits
    • Extra pair of clothes
    • Clean napkin or towel
    • Cap, sunglasses, scarf
    • Haversack or backpack (No sling bags)
    • Camera (optional)
    • Please carry personal medicines if any
    • Hand Sanitizer
    Additional Information

    Mandatory instructions for fireflies festival:

    •  Keep min 50 feet distance.
    •  Don't touch the fireflies and trees/Branches as well.
    •  Avoid torch or use it with green colour filter only for route.
    •  Zero noise(no music/keep silent).
    •  Smoking/Alcohol/Deo/Perfume all are strictly prohibited.
    •  Avoid wearing precious Jewelry while trekking, as bhatakna won’t be responsible for any losses for the same.
    •  Please take tickets till Kasara
    •  Board the second Compartment from Kasara Side
    •  Missing the train means missing the trek, no refunds would be entertained by Bhatakna
    •  Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.

    Things to do:

    Bhandardara lake

    Bhandardara Lake is a very popular lake near the sandhan valley. It is also known as Arthur lake. It is famous for its camping. People visit here to experience amazing camping and also to view the scenic beauty of this place. People sit near the lake to enjoy the weather and nature.

    Umbrella falls

    Umbrella Falls is located at the Wilson dam in Bhandardara. Umbrella falls is the most beautiful tourist spot in Bhandarkar. People love to visit this place and it has a mesmerizing view and the waterfall looks amazing. You will have great fun and relaxation here if you visit during the monsoon.

    Randha falls 

    This waterfall is formed by the Pravara River and it has a height of 170 ft. It is a gorgeous waterfall and is a must-visit place during the monsoon. It is a popular place in Bhandardara. The Randha attracts a number of tourists because of its magnificent beauty.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: How do fireflies glow?

    A: Fireflies contain Luciferin, an organic compound in their abdomens. When the oxygen in the air reaches the abdomen and reacts with the luciferrin, a chemical reaction occurs resulting in the glow. Fireflies can create the pulsating pattern by regulating the air flow in their abdomen.

    Q: What is the best season to witness fireflies? or When can I see fireflies in Bhandardara?

    A: The best season to witness fireflies is pre-monsoon from mid-May to June.

    Q: Can we reach the campsite using our transport for the Bhandardara Firefly Festival?

    A: Yes, you can reach the campsite using our transport for the Bhandardara Firefly Festival.

    Q: How to reach Bhandardara Fireflies Festival campsite from Mumbai?

    A: You need to catch CST-Kasara fast local, get down at Kasara Station and proceed towards Samrad Village and then reach the Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Campsite.

    Q: How far Bhandardara firefliy festival campsite from Mumbai?

    A: The Bhandardara firefly festival campsite is located 210 km from Mumbai. It may take you 5 to 6 hours to reach the camp.

    Q: Does the Bhandardara Firefly Campsite have toilet facility?

    A: Yes, it has.

    Q: What are the Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Event 2023 dates? Kajwa Mahotsav 2023 dates Nashik?

    A: These are the batches we are offering,

    Batch 1: 20th - 21st May 2023
    Batch 2: 27th - 28th May 2023
    Batch 3: 03rd - 04th June 2023
    Batch 4: 10th - 11th June 2023
    Batch 5: 17th - 18th June 2023.

    Q: When can I see fireflies in bhandardara?

    A: Just before monsoon hits, you will be able to witness fireflies.

    Q: Can kids join Bhandardara firefly event 2023?

    A: Kids can join their parents for the Bhandardara firefly event 2023.

    Q: Can i join Bhandardara firefly festival as a solo traveler?

    A: Yes, you can join Bhandardara Firefly festival as a solo traveler.

    Things to carry

    Identity Card
    2 ltrs water
    Torch with new cells (compulsory)
    Enerzyl powder or Glucon D powder
    Snacks & biscuits
    Extra pair of clothes
    Clean napkin or towel
    Cap, sunglasses, scarf
    Haversack or backpack (No sling bags)
    Camera (optional)
    Please carry personal medicines if any
    Hand Sanitizer
    Places to visit in Bhandardara:
    Bhandardara is a picturesque hill station located in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. Here are some places to visit in Bhandardara:

    Wilson Dam: It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bhandardara, known for its stunning views and the serene atmosphere.
    Randha Falls: It is a beautiful waterfall located near the Wilson Dam, which is an ideal spot for nature lovers and photographers.
    Amruteshwar Temple: It is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its unique Hemadpanthi architecture.
    Kalsubai Peak: It is the highest peak in Maharashtra and is a popular trekking destination in Bhandardara.
    Agasti Rishi Ashram: It is a famous ashram located on the banks of the Pravara River, which is believed to be the meditation spot of Sage Agasti.
    Arthur Lake: It is a beautiful lake located amidst lush green hills, which offers a serene and peaceful atmosphere.
    Ratangad Fort: It is a popular fort located near Bhandardara, known for its historic significance and stunning views.
    Bhandardara Hill Station: The hill station itself is a beautiful place to explore, with its scenic landscapes, waterfalls, and numerous trekking trails.
    Overall, Bhandardara is a great destination for nature lovers, trekkers, and history buffs, offering a perfect mix of adventure, history, and scenic beauty.

    Pick-Up Location

    Kasara Railway Station

    Cancellation Policy:
    1. Rs.500 Advance payment is Non Refundable 
    2. 75% refund if notified via phone conversation 8 or more days prior to the event date.
    3. 50% refund if notified via phone conversation 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.
    4. No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to event date
    5. No show No Refund.
    6. Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
    7. Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.
    8. If Trek get cancelled, we will refund "Trek Amount" only.