Bhandardara Fireflies 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.

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. 

1. Fireflies belong to the beetle order; they are not flies.
2. Fireflies produce light using bioluminescence through the night to lure mates or prey. 
3. Fireflies chemically generated glow from the lower belly can be yellow, green, or light red.
4. 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. 

Batches for Bhandardara Fireflies Camping


Bhandardara Fireflies Camping Event Dates May 2019 Bhandardara Fireflies Camping Event Dates May 2019


  • 25th 26th May 2019
  • 1st 2nd June 2019
  • 8th 9th June 2019
  • 15th 16th June 2019


Brief Details of Bhandardara Fireflies Festival Camping

  • Region Bhandardara - Harishchandragad Kalsubai Forest Sanctuary 
  • Fireflies Camping Cost Rs 2000/- per person 
  • Bhandardara Hill Station 

Bhandardara Fireflies Event Itinerary

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

From Mumbai participants

Train Timings Kasara Railway Station

CSMT – Kasara Fast local

  • CSMT - 12:33 
  • Byculla - 12:40 
  • Dadar- 12:46 
  • Kurla - 12:53 
  • Thane - 13:09 
  • Dombivali - 13:28 
  • Kalyan - 13:37
  • Kasara - 14:47 


From Pune participants

Catch Mumbai Express (11042) from Pune

  • Pune 09:30
  • Kalyan 12:17

From Kalyan catch above local train.


14:50 Meet at Kasara railway station and move towards Bhandradara.

16:30 Drive till campsite in a local jeep & 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 and move towards Kasara railway station by local vehicle.

11:30 Reach Kasara station and disperse.



  • 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
  • If it rains, will try for homestay
  • 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.
1 Night 1 Day 25 May, 01 Jun, 08 Jun, and more
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • 1 Evening tea and snacks, 1 Dinner and 1 Breakfast.
  • Stay on sharing basis.
  • Camp expertise, guide & first aid charges
  • Kasara to Kasara travel by local vehicle

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Lunch for day 1.
  • 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 liters 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 liters.
  • 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 canceled we will refund "Trek Amount" only.


Event Updates

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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.