Bhandardara Fireflies Camping

The fireflies envelop the entire Bhandardara campsite and put up a magical show for the campers. Yes, sweet dreams are made up of this. Treat your eyes to this grand event. The shining blue-green water of Bhandardara and the surrounding lush green mountains embellished by the fireflies are a sight to behold. Imagine camping amidst the shimmering fireflies near the enchanting Bhandardara Lake. 

Give yourself a break from the monotonous city life and spend a relaxing weekend among the fireflies at Bhandardara. The pre-monsoon period is the mating season of the fireflies, and you may witness millions of fireflies, radiating in the gloomy atmosphere. Performing it a sight to behold, as if the twinklers have fallen on the planet. Absorb up the attraction and bounty of nature and its various experiences at Bhandardara camping.

About Bhandardara Campsite

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 most ominous night sky possible. One may see the Milky Way with their naked eyes and spot many 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.

Fireflies Festival Information 

Summer vacation is always exceptional watching fireflies in the evening before the monsoon started is a perfect way to end to summer vacation. We know them as Fireflies in English, Kajawa in Marathi, Jugnoo in Hindi. Two thousand kinds of firefly bugs documented. Not much is still known and several mysteries to solve for our experts. The list below are things we have learned about fireflies. 

  • Fireflies belong to the beetle order; they are not flies.
  • Fireflies produce light using bioluminescence through the night to lure mates or prey. 
  • Fireflies chemically generated glow from the lower belly can be yellow, green, or light red.
  • Each Firefly Varieties performs its strobe pattern.
  • Males perform light flashing patterns to attract mates or prey.
  • Females fireflies respond using light patterns to select a mate.
  • They complete their cycle of life and die before the monsoon begins. 

Brief Details of Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Camping

  • Region Bhandardara - Harishchandragad Kalsubai Forest Sanctuary 
  • Fireflies Camping Plan A Cost: Rs 2000/- per person
  • Fireflies Camping Plan B Cost: Rs 1600/- per person
  • Bhandardara Hill Station 
  • Double/Triple sharing camping (If it rains, will shift to homestay)

Bhandardara Fireflies Event Itinerary

Plan A - With Transport (Kasara to Kasara)

Day One Saturday - Please board the below train till Kasara Railway Station 

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

16:30 Reach at the campsite.

17:30 We will have a brief introduction and Evening tea

19:30 Enjoy BBQ and campfire.

21:00 Dinner

After dinner explore the nearby areas to view fireflies.

Day Two – Sunday Bhandardara Firefly Festival

07:00 Wake up and freshen up.

08:00 Breakfast and Morning Tea

09:30 Check out from the Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Campsite and move towards Kasara railway station by local vehicle.

11:30 Reach Kasara station and disperse.


Plan B - Without Transport

Day One - Saturday

16:30 Reach Bhandardara Fireflies Camping

17:30 We will have a brief introduction and Evening tea

19:30 Enjoy BBQ and campfire.

21:00 Dinner

After dinner explore the nearby areas to view fireflies.

Day Two – Sunday Bhandardara Firefly Festival

07:00 Wake up and freshen up.

08:00 Breakfast and Morning Tea

09:30 Check out from the Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Campsite.



  • Campers you will meet our trek leader at Kasara Railway Station near the Ticket counter and start your jeep journey
  • Please reach Railway station 20 minutes in advance
  • People may board the same train from their respective stations of convenience.
  • Missing the train is missing Fireflies Special Overnight Camping at Bhandardara, no refund will be provided.
Overnight Available on request
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • 1 Evening tea & snacks, BBQ, 1 Dinner and 1 Breakfast
  • Stay on sharing basis (Camping/Homestay)
  • Camp expertise, guide & first aid charges
  • Kasara to Kasara travel by local vehicle (Plan A only)

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Lunch for day 1
  • Transportation till Kasara and back (Plan A only)
  • Any transportation (Plan B only)
  • 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.
  • Some Dry fruits / Dry Snacks / Energy Bars.
  • Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets.
  • Good Torch must with an extra battery.
  • Trekking Shoes provide more grip and comfort on the trek.
  • One Day Backpack 20 to 30 litres.
  • 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.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Detailed Information?

Can we drive using our own transport till Bhandardara Firefly Festival?

  • Yes, we will provide google map location for navigation purpose there is no network here please reach before sunset. 


Does the Bhandardara Firefly Campsite has fixed toilets?

  • Yes, Eastern Commode toilet is available.


Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Mumbai distance or Mumbai to Bhandardara Distance?

  • 210 km from Mumbai to Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Mumbai. 


Do you provide sleeping bags for camping?

  • We don't provide sleeping bags please carry two bedsheets.
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