Our campsite is well hidden inside a beautiful jungle for sure you will have trouble finding it we have kept it that way. Igatpuri Lakeside camping is a beautiful spot for landscape photography. Your tents will be lake-facing as the sunset you can enjoy tea and evening snacks. Our guest is always welcomed early to maximize the time spent at the Igatpuri camping site and enjoy water sports to the fullest. Igatpuri Campsite is amazing for Astrophotography, Star Trails Photography, and Igatpuri Stargazing it has very less night light pollution located in one of the darkest spots in Maharashtra. You can join for Night Trek shoes compulsory after you enjoy Dinner local food. Wake up to the sounds of birds and enjoy birding your tents will be facing the sunrise and the beautiful Secret Camping Lake. Indian toilets are available on the campsite and parking. After your morning breakfast, you can click more selfies and groupies. Check-out timings are 10 am you can also visit nearby sites our campsite manager will share the locations.
The campsite is ideal for camping near Mumbai, camping near Nashik.
Who Should Attend ?
Friends, family and corporate outings
Cost For Igatpuri Fireflies Festival Camping 2023
Adult Ex Igatpuri Reaching directly ₹.1199
(Adult have to reach bhandardara by own vehicle)
Child Ex Igatpuri Reaching directly ₹.749
(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 ₹.1699
(Adult will get Kasara to kasara Travel)
- Twinkling Fireflies are the highlight of this journey
- Experience rustic village stay--camping or homestay in case of rain
- Night Strolls, mystery stories around Igatpuri will keep you hooked!
- Stay amidst the view of Alang, Madan, Kulang, Kalsubai
- Try your hand at night-time photography
Igatpuri 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
10:50 pm Kurla
10:54 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
05:00 pm Reach Campsite
06:00 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
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 is included in the tour
- Local Transport from Kasara to Kasara
- Food: Evening Snacks and Dinner, Sunday breakfast
- 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
- 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
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.
Points to Note and FAQ's regarding Igatpuri Fireflies Festival 2023
Following are the frequently asked questions regarding Igatpuri Fireflies Festival - Camping and Trek
How much does the Igatpuri Fireflies Festival Camping cost?
The Igatpuri Fireflies Festival Camping offers different pricing options depending on your preferred mode of travel. Here are the details-
Own Vehicle- If you choose to reach the campsite in your own vehicle, the camping fees will be Rs. 1300 per person. GPS locations, directions, and instructions will be shared through the WhatsApp group.
Camping & Pickup/Drop from Kasara Railway Station- Alternatively, you can opt for the convenience of pickup and drop services from Kasara Railway Station. The pickup time is at 2:47 pm from Kasara, and the next day pickup from Bhandardara is at 9:00 am. The camping fees for this option are Rs. 1600 per person.
For Kids- The camping charges for kids without pickup are Rs. 499, and with pickup from Kasara, the charges are Rs. 950.
When is the best time to visit the Igatpuri Fireflies Festival Camping?
The Fireflies Festival in Igatpuri takes place from 15-May-2023 to 30-June-2023. For optimal fireflies sightings, the best time to visit Igatpuri is from 27-May-2023 to 18-June-2023. 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.
How can I book tickets for the Igatpuri Camping Fireflies Festival 2023?
Booking tickets for the Igatpuri Fireflies Festival 2023 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: 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. 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. 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.
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. How many people will be at coming for Igatpuri Fireflies Festival Camping?
Ans. Depends on the number of people booking the event. Generally, the batch size is approximately 25-35 participants. Igatpuri is a Public place and we have no access to data on other organizers' bookings hence we cannot comment on the exact number of people planning to visit this place on a given date.
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 best dates for Fireflies Festival Camping in Igatpuri is from 15-May-2023 to 30-June-2023. We at Mischief Treks have Fireflies Festival Camping scheduled at our Igatpuri Campsite on 20-May-2023, 27-May-2023, 03-June-2023, 10-June-2023, 17-June-2023, 25-June-2023.
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. 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 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. 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 Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2023?
Ans.The official website for Online-Booking of Fireflies Festival 2023 at Bhandardara, Rajmachi, Igatpuri, Kothaligad, Karjat, Secret Location, and Prabalmachi is
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.
Kasara Railway Station
- Rs.500 Advance payment is Non Refundable
- 75% refund if notified via phone conversation 8 or more days prior to the event date.
- 50% refund if notified via phone conversation 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.
- No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to event date
- No show No Refund.
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.
- If Trek get cancelled, we will refund "Trek Amount" only.