Bhandardara Camping

The campsite will be at Bhandardara which is in the interiors of Maharashtra and one of the darkest spot in our state with the least amount of light pollution you will witness the darkest night sky possible. One may see the Milky Way with their naked eyes and spot numerous stars and galaxies that are never visible from the city. For all astrophotography lovers, we'll be taking some killer star-trails and Milky Way pictures. Its gonna be a treat for your lenses. Or if you get tired, you may chill in one of the open tents and immerse yourself under the sky filled with gazillion stars.

Sandhan Valley

Sandhan Valley, also known as Valley of suspense or Valley of Shadow, is one of the greatest canyons in the splendid setting of Sahyadri Western Ghats. The water carved valley is 200 ft deep and about 1.5 km long. Sandhan valley is located on the western side of the beautiful Bhandardara region, near Samrad village. The valley is surrounded with mighty Alang, Madan and Kulang (Known as AMK- rated as the toughest trek in Sahyadri) Ratangad, Ajoba & Kalsubai 5400 ft. the highest peak in Maharashtra mountain ranges. The brilliant and deep narrow rock floored ravine is located between the two high walls of the mountain range. At some places, its width is less than 3 ft and at some places, sun rays unable to reach the ground. Which gives it the name: valley of shadows.

Highlights of Event

  • Enjoy the best Sunset in Bhandardara from the comfort of your tent 
  • Music under the stars with the warm comfort of Bonfire 
  • The best night sky in Maharashtra click amazing night astrophotographs 
  • Delicious food Barbecue | Dinner | Breakfast included in the package
  • Early morning boat ride around the lake 
  • Western toilets available 
  • Multi sharing big tents
  • Sandhan Valley Trek difficulty level – Easy to Medium 
  • Visit Sandhan valley – the valley of shadows

Bhandardara Lakeside Camping and Sandhan Valley Trek Event Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday

Catch CSMT – Kasara local

  • CSMT - 11:46
  • Byculla - 11:53
  • Dadar - 11:59
  • Kurla - 12:06
  • Ghatkopar - 12:10
  • Thane - 12:26
  • Dombivli - 12:39
  • Kalyan - 12:48
  • Kasara - 13:58

For Pune, people train options 

1. Train name Sahyadri Express and Train Number 11024

  • 06:50 - Pune
  • 10:32 - Kalyan

2. Train name Mumbai Express and Train Number 17032

  • 09:05 - Pune
  • 11:47 - Kalyan

From Kalyan catch above local Kasara train

14:00 Meet at Kasara railway station and move towards the campsite at Bhandardara India

16:00 Reach at the campsite.

17:30 Evening tea.

19:00 Enjoy BBQ and campfire.

21:00 Dinner.

Day 2 – Sunday

07:00 Wake up and freshen up.

07:30 Breakfast.

08:30 Check out from campsite move towards Samrad village.

09:30 Reach Samrad village and visit Sandhan Valley.

Sandhan Vallley half trek.

13:30 Local lunch at Samrad village.

14:30 Departure from Samrad towards Kasara station.

18:00 Reach Kasara station and disperse.


Please note

  • People may board the same train from their respective stations of convenience.
  • Missing the train is missing Bhandardara Camping, no refund will be provided.
  • Sandhan Valley trek will be till just a visit.
1 Night 1 Day Available on request
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • 1 Evening tea and snacks, 1 veg Dinner, 1 veg Breakfast and 1 veg lunch
  • Tented stay on multi sharing basis
  • Sandhan Valley Trek till half
  • Kasara to Kasara transport by local vehicle
  • Treks and Trails expertise charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel till Kasara and back
  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
  • All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered
  • 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
Things to Carry
  • 2/3 litres of water.
  • Good Torch must with an extra battery
  • Proper trekking shoes with grip
  • One Day Backpack 20 to 30 litres
  • Extra clothes
  • Some Dry fruits / Dry Snacks / Energy Bars.
  • Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets.
  • Sun Cap and Sunscreen.
  • Personal First aid and Personal Medicine.
  • Identity Proof.
  • Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will protect from Summer Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles

Cancellation Policy

  • 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 the 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 gets cancelled, we will refund "Trek Amount" only.


  • Kindly carry one Identity proof, at least for the trek with your address.
  • We all are going for an adventurous and exciting trekking expedition; please Do Not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR.
  • The leader's decision will be final, and all the members should abide by it.
  • We do not destroy or dirty the archaeological, historical monuments, natural habitat on the trek.
  • Swimming is not allowed in the lake or water tank on the forts. Locals use that water for drinking.
  • Putting your feet in water tanks or on the canon is not allowed on our treks.
  • Any addiction is strictly prohibited, e.g. drinking, smoking, chewing tobacco anyone caught doing it will have to exit the trek without a refund and travel back on own expense.
  • People caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to exit the event on an immediate basis.
  • Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery, etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same.
  • Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking, or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events, you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner.
  • We should strictly follow the code of conduct to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside.
  • Listening to music on earphones or Bluetooth speakers is not allowed while trekking.
  • Bluetooth speaker not allowed inside the homestay or camping tents.
  • Drinking/smoking,/eating is not allowed inside the tents.
  • If you damage the tent, break the tent poles, you will have to pay us for the whole new tent on MRP.
  • If you are late for the bus pickup and are not reachable on the phone during your bus pickup, the trek leader will leave without you, and we will provide no refund.
  • Please check things to carry and wear trekking shoes on our treks. 
Frequently Asked Questions

Can you recommend good hotels around Bhandardara Dam? 

There are limited options available for Resorts around Bhandardara Dam. 

  • Anandvan Resort Bhandardara
  • MTDC Bhandardara
  • Yash Resort Bhandardara


How to reach Bhandardara Camping?

After you complete the registration we will provide you with google maps location till the campsite. The campsite is 200 km from Mumbai or Pune. Try to reach camp by 4 pm to enjoy the Sunset and landscape. 


What to see in Bhandardara?

Bhandardara is an upcoming hill station in Maharashtra there are many beautiful peaks, forts, trekking routes, religious places, natural wonders to see around two days will not be enough we are listing a few below. 

  • Wilson Dam 
  • Kalsubai Peak
  • Sandhan Valley
  • Ghatghar Kada
  • Ghatghar Dam
  • Ratangad Fort Trek
  • Alang Madan Kulang Fort Trek
  • Umbrella Waterfall 
  • Amruteshwar Temple


How to reach Bhandardara by train?

You will need to reach till Kasara Railway Station or Igatpuri Railway Station from where you can hire private jeeps till the campsite. Jeep can accommodate up to 10 people in case you need transport to inform us before making the booking. 


Does the Bhandardara Firefly Campsite has fixed toilets?

Yes, the Eastern Commode toilet is available. Fireflies Event 2024 is happening in spots where there is no continuous supply of running water. Western toilets are not possible in such remote locations. Kajwa Mahotsav Bhandardara 2024 happens for a month please chat with us for any questions. 

Bhandardhara camping, the Jugnu festival in Maharashtra, offers a remarkable chance to explore the fascinating geography of Bhandardara, one of the most isolated regions in Maharashtra. What better way to spend your summer break than amidst a stunning country with twin lakes, the Jugnu festival Bhandardara, and picturesque villages?


What is the distance of the Bhandardara Fireflies Festival from Mumbai or Mumbai to Bhandardara Distance?

The campsite is located 210 km from Mumbai to Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Mumbai. It will take you 5 to 6 hours to reach the camp. 

The fireflies festival is a yearly event for the people of the town. It has been a tradition for many years and is one of the most awaited events of the year. The Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2024 will be held in May last week, and it lasts for three to four weeks. 

Bhandardara camping contact number please chat with us. We offer a group discount on the Bhandardara tent booking.   


Do you provide sleeping bags for camping?

We don't provide sleeping bags; please carry two bedsheets. Kajwa Mahotsav Bhandardara 2024 will happen before the start of the rainy season. Group discount available on Bhandardara camping cost kindly chats with us for more details.


What are the Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2024 dates?

This festival is a celebration of the fireflies. It is held in the summer, and it has been happening for many years now. Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2024 dates will be from the last week of May, and it will be available for three to four weeks. 

The people of this village have a special connection to these insects, and they consider them to be their friends, and they celebrate all year round by singing songs about the fireflies. Bhandardara Fireflies season 2024 will be three to four weeks before the rainy season. 


Which is the best location for fireflies camping near Mumbai?

The fireflies festival is a yearly event in May and June, and it is located near Mumbai. The festival celebrates the start of monsoons and has been marked by the local people who have lived there for many years.

Bhandardara Fireflies Camping is one of the best locations for fireflies camping near Mumbai. There are many different activities during this festival, including watching fireflies and enjoying their glow, listening to traditional folk music, or just spending time with family and friends. Bhandardara Kajwa festival is the most popular spot for fireflies camping. 


Kajwa Mahotsav 2024 dates Nashik?

The fireflies festival is a new event that the local villagers of Maharashtra have created. It is aimed at promoting eco-tourism and wildlife conservation in India. Kajwa Mahotsav 2024 dates in Nashik will be from May last week till June 2nd week. Fireflies near Nashik can be seen in the Bhandardara Kajava festival, Vaitarna, and fireflies Igatpuri regions.

The fireflies festival will occur in the Bhandardara Jugnu region of Maharashtra, near Mumbai. This is one of India's most popular tourist destinations, with various activities to offer tourists, such as camping and trekking. If you have any questions about Fireflies Festival Bhandardara 2024 dates please chat with us. 


How to spot the fireflies in Bhandardara at night? 

Fireflies are a type of beetle found in the temperate regions of the world. They can be seen at night, but they are not always easy to spot.

The firefly's light helps it find mates and stay safe from predators. It does this by sending out light signals in a specific pattern, which other fireflies will respond to with their signal. Bhandardara Kajwa festival you will find many fireflies in the nearby forest. 


How do fireflies attract mates? 
There are many fireflies globally; Fireflies use bioluminescence to attract mates and communicate with other fireflies.

The firefly is not just a pretty light in the sky. It's a fascinating creature that has been around for millions of years and can teach us a lot about evolution and ecology.

The generation and emission of light by a living creature is bioluminescence, which is how it's manufactured. Bioluminescence is caused by a chemical process that creates light energy within an organism's body. For a reaction to occur, a species must possess luciferin, a molecule that produces light when combined with oxygen.


Why are the fireflies endangered?

Fireflies everywhere are endangered because of the use of pesticides, habitat loss, and light pollution. Pesticides are a problem because they kill off the insects that fireflies feed on, and light pollution is a problem because it prevents fireflies from mating.

Experience the best summer of your life this season at the firefly festival Bhandardara. Witness firsthand the incredible phenomenon of tens of thousands of fireflies illuminating the dark sky. Travel through this unexplored region, with its beautiful villages and untouched forests.


Amazing facts about Fireflies?

Fireflies are beetles with a unique light organ in their abdomen, and they use this organ to produce light. Fireflies have been around for millions of years, and they are found worldwide; they are also the only insects that can produce their light—some amazing facts about the Fireflies.

  • Fireflies glow and use light to communicate with one another.
  • "Cold light" is produced by fireflies.
  • The eggs of fireflies sparkle
  • Fireflies eat fireflies, and fireflies eat fireflies.
  • Fireflies have a limited life expectancy.
  • Fireflies imitate one another.
  • On practically every continent, fireflies may be found.
  • Medically and scientifically, fireflies are beneficial.
  • Fireflies' habitat is reducing every year due to deforestation. 

Fireflies Festival Bhandardara 2024 is one of the best places near Mumbai and Pune to observe fireflies. Kajwa Mahotsav in Bhandardara is one of the most remote regions in Maharashtra. The summer is a spectacular time to be there, with vibrant fireflies and picturesque villages dotting the landscape. Join us for Bhandardara night camping when the fireflies take over Bhandardara!


Fireflies festival Pune dates 2024? 
We have regular batches for the Fireflies festival from Pune. We conduct firefly camping at Bhandardara, Rajmachi, Igatpuri, Vaitarna, and more. 
Fireflies are insects that use light to communicate with each other. The fireflies emit a greenish-yellow light from their abdomens. This is because they have a chemical called luciferin in their bodies which reacts with oxygen and produces light. Please chat with us to book your spot for the Fireflies Festival in Maharashtra. 


Fireflies how do they glow?

Fireflies are the only insect that has their own light. They produce a chemical called luciferin, which reacts with oxygen to produce light.

This chemical reaction is called bioluminescence, and it is one of the most efficient ways for an animal to produce light—fireflies in India can be found in almost all states. Fireflies festival Bhandardara 2024 dates are available now please chat with us for any questions. 

Embrace India's beautiful summer with a trip to the remote mountains of Bhandardara, the valley of fireflies. The most remote area in Maharashtra is the last frontier where people live as they always have. Kajwa festival Bhandardara 2024 is here book now to avoid last moment disappointment. 


Can you tell me more about the Kajava Mahotsav Bhandardara?

It's a festival where you get to experience nature at its best. You get to enjoy all this in the midst of a remote area, with fireflies illuminating the night sky. Come explore and experience! Kajava Mahotsav Bhandardara is an experience like no other. 

Bhandardara camping packages for Firefly Festival Maharashtra is a nighttime event where you can enjoy the mesmerizing spectacle of fireflies in this secluded, off-the-beaten-path oasis. If you've ever wanted to see the Milky Way or stars in a light pollution-free environment, this is your chance. You'll be able to explore local villages, learn about the rich tradition of folk music & dance, and experience life on a family farm. 


What are the best dates for the Fireflies festival Bhandardara 2024 dates?

Join us for the most exhilarating weekend of your life, at the fireflies festival in Maharashtra 2024. Spend 2 days and 1 night as part of a community of like-minded individuals, exploring the beats of nature and soaking in the breathtaking beauty of this remote region.

You'll be able to indulge in a myriad of activities like trekking, and more while making memories that will last a lifetime. May last weekend to June 3rd weekend will be the Fireflies festival Bhandardara 2024 dates.


Best time to visit the Bhandardara fireflies festival?

The summer is a spectacular time to be there, with vibrant fireflies and picturesque villages dotting the landscape. Firefly Festival offers an immersive experience in the wilderness of camping Bhandardara. At the base of a mountain range and surrounded by Kalsubai peak, it is like being in a galaxy far, far away

Join us at the first-of-its-kind Firefly Festival in India this summer. The best time to visit the Bhandardara fireflies festival is from May last week to June. Bhandardara camping rates with group discounts are available; kindly chat with us for coupon codes.


How to complete the Bhandardara Camping Booking?

You can pay online using a payment gateway and fill up the form. Once your payment is complete, you will receive an email from us. 

A one-of-a-kind festival experience tucked away in one of the most scenic ravines of Maharashtra. Imagine camping under the stars next to a bonfire with your friends, surrounded by breathtaking sights and sounds of nature. Picture a night-lit walk where you can feel an explosion of fireflies lighting up the sky as they light up your path—the stunning natural beauty of Bhandardara. Fireflies Bhandardara camping booking 2024 is open now; please chat with us for more details.    


Can you tell me more about the Bhandardara Kajwa Mahotsav?   

Firefly Festival Bhandardara has been designed to provide you with an experience unlike any other. With a picturesque location and stunning natural beauty, the Bhandardara Kajwa Mahotsav offers you a chance to explore India's remote regions and experience this beautiful country's magic, mystery, and color.

Bhandardara fireflies location allows you to experience a truly unique destination, with its sheltered site, pure natural beauty, and famously spectacular firefly light show. Whether you want to enjoy a one-of-a-kind adventure or celebrate the fire flies festival Bhandardara dam camping, there's something for everyone here. Your night stay will be in tents in Bhandardara lakeside camping.  


Can you tell me about the Purushwadi fireflies festival 2024?

Experience the beauty of nature, the majesty of India, and a life-changing fireflies experience at the fireflies festival Purushwadi 2024! Get ready to explore an enchanting terrain filled with vibrant fireflies, picturesque villages, and the summer season. Purushwadi fireflies festival 2024 dates are from May last weekend to June till the rainy season starts. 


Why should you join the Bhandardara Fireflies Trek? 

Bhandardara fireflies trek is a one-of-a-kind experience you won't find anywhere else. It's a magical celebration of nature that captivates even the most jaded traveler. Join us for this extraordinary event and explore the exciting geography of Bhandardara, one of the most distant provinces in Maharashtra. The summer is a spectacular time to be there, with animated fireflies and panoramic villages speckling the topography

Firefly camping in Maharashtra, whether you're looking to experience the best summer or explore the natural beauty of Maharashtra, the fireflies season in Bhandardara is the go-to destination. And don't forget to take a selfie with fireflies!  


When is the best time to visit Bhandardara fireflies?

The best time to visit is before the start of the monsoon season.Bhandardara tent stay is comfortable we offer from two people or three-person tents. If you are looking for a Firefly festival near me, this is the best option.   


When can we book the Jugnu festival in Bhandardara?

Fireflies at Bhandardara can be seen in one of the most isolated provinces in Maharashtra. Jugnu is visible before the start of the rainy season. The lively fireflies will light up the night sky, and the scenic villages dappling the landscape will remind you that this is your moment to be with family and friends. Jugnu festival in Bhandardara starts from May second weekend to June 3rd weekend.