About Igatpuri Secret Camping
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.
Igatpuri Lake Camping Details
- Location: Igatpuri
- Tents will be Pitched in Sheds (If it Rains)
- Only Indian toilets are available
- Local food (veg/non-veg/Jain)
- Fireflies train in the night
- Fireflies Depend on whether
Cost (without transport)
- Child (9 to 4 yrs): Rs. 849/- (per person)
- Adult (10 yrs and above): Rs. 1399/- (per person)
Igatpuri Fireflies Camping Itinerary
Day 1 - Saturday
16:00 - Check-in at the campsite
16:30 - Indoor and Outdoor Games
17:30 - Snacks and Tea (Maggi or Poha)
18:00 - Tent Allotment
18:30 - Watch Sunset and Relax in your tent.
19: 30 to 20:30 - Barbeque (Limited - Veg/Non-Veg)
21:30 - Dinner (Veg/Non-Veg)
22: 00 - Bonfires and Music
After dinner explore the nearby areas to view fireflies
Day 2 - Sunday Morning
08:00 - Wake up and freshen up.
08:30 - Breakfast and Tea (Maggi or Upma)
09:00 - Swimming with Life Jacket
11:00 - Check out from the campsite.
What is included in the tour
- Evening Snacks, Dinner (Veg and Non-veg), and Breakfast
- Tent Stay on sharing basis with a camping mat
- Indian toilets available
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any transportation.
- Lunch for day 1.
- All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost included above.
- All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, and bad weather.
- Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.
- Face mask (must)
- Hand sanitizer and spray (must)
- Torch with extra batteries
- Extra pair of clothes & towel
- Comfortable footwear
- Warm clothing (during winter)
- Personal medicines (if any)
- Mosquito repellent cream
- Sun cap and Sunscreen
- Identity proof (must)
- 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 the event gets canceled we will refund "Trek Amount" only.
- If the event is canceled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.
Treks and Trails Event Rules
- 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, or 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 at 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, jewelry, 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 speakers are not allowed inside the homestay or camping tents.
- Drinking/smoking,/eating is not allowed inside the tents.
- If you damage the tent, or 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.
Can women feel safe at the campsite?
Absolutely! The campsite is a safe and secure place for women and children. Our staff is always present to assist you and ensure your safety.
Will the food provided be sufficient? Can I request additional food if needed?
Rest assured, the food we provide is plentiful and filling. However, if you need extra food, you can easily order it directly at the campsite and pay for it there.
Is Jain food available at the campsite?
Yes, we do offer Jain food. Please let us know in the comments section when making your booking.
Are there any wild animals in the vicinity?
No, there are no wild animals in the area surrounding the campsite.
Are unmarried couples permitted to stay at the campsite?
Absolutely! Camping is a wonderful experience for everyone, and we have no restrictions on who can stay at our campsite.
Are toilet facilities available at the campsite?
Yes, we have Indian-style toilets available at the campsite for your convenience.
Can single female travelers sign up for these events?
Yes, we have a 60-40% or more male-female ratio on our events, and single female travelers are welcome to join us.
Is cash payment or spot payment accepted?
We do not accept cash payments. Registration is only possible with 100% upfront payment via Paytm, UPI, NEFT, IMPS, Payment Gateway, or Google Pay. On-the-spot payments are not accepted, as we need to make advance bookings for buses, jeeps, and other arrangements.
Places to visit around Igatpuri
Igatpuri is a small hill station in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is in the Western Ghats. Here are some places near Igatpuri where you can visit:
Bhandardara Dam It is about 28 km from Igatpuri and is a beautiful hill town called Bhandardara. You can go to the Bhandardara Dam, the Wilson Dam, the Randha Falls, and the Kalsubai Peak, which is the highest point in Maharashtra.
The Tringalwadi Fort is an old hill fort about 17 kilometres from Igatpuri. The fort has a wide view of the hills and rivers around it.
The Amruteshwar Temple is an old Shiva temple about 20 kilometres from Igatpuri. People know the building for its intricate carvings and design.
The Ghatandevi Temple is a well-known temple that is about 10 kilometres from Igatpuri on the road between Nashik and Mumbai. The temple is for the goddess Ghatandevi, and there are beautiful mountains all around it.
Vaitarna Dam is a beautiful dam about 8 kilometres from Igatpuri. The dam is surrounded by green hills and is a great place for picnics and walks through nature.
Fun Facts about fireflies
What is the lifespan of a firefly?
In the wild, the life expectancy of a firefly is approximately one year on average. Adult fireflies typically only live for about two months, but their entire life cycle can span anywhere from a few months to a year. Given that there are over 2,000 different species of fireflies on the planet, their life spans will inevitably differ to some degree.
What causes fireflies to blink?
Fireflies use blinking to communicate with one another. The lights that flash are part of a way for male fireflies to attract females when they are trying to mate.
Each species of firefly has its own distinctive flash pattern, and the males and females belonging to the same species are able to recognise one another's patterns. Males use flashing to seek possible mates, and females use flashing to reply and signal their interest.
Why do fireflies glow in unison?
Fireflies produce a synchronised glow to attract potential mates. When the population reaches a specific density, all of the fireflies begin to blink at the same time. The firefly can find a mate more quickly through synchrony than any other method. The males will fly around and flash, and the females will mimic their behavior by flashing. After that, the males will fly toward the females, and the process will start again.
What is the best time to see fireflies?
When you have the best chance of seeing fireflies depends on the species, as well as the location. Generally, the most active time of year for fireflies is during the summer, from May to August. The months leading up to the monsoon season, specifically May and June, are the best months to view these fireflies in their natural habitat. Because they are only active at night, fireflies spend most of their days on the ground among tall grasses. Because they like to hide in the tall grass, fireflies are difficult to spot unless you get down on your hands and knees to look for them.
What do fireflies eat?
They feed on other insects and prefer to live in damp areas, but fireflies are nocturnal. Carnivorous when they are in their larval stage, fireflies feed on soft-bodied insects that live on or in the ground, such as snails, slugs, worms, or even
other larvae of other insects. There are species of adult fireflies that do consume the nectar and pollen that they find on plants. They will go to various plants to obtain sufficient amounts of nectar and pollen. Some adult fireflies continue to feed on the larval invertebrates and soft-bodied insects they consumed when they were younger.r them.
Where to see them?
Fireflies Festival Mumbai, we have got you covered with the best destination where you can spot them in thousands. We will have to travel into the countryside away from light pollution. Around Mumbai, there are many destinations to spot Fireflies in Rajmachi Village, Siddhagad Wadi, Prabalmachi village, Bhandardara, Ghatghar, Kothaligad, Kondane Caves and Purushwadi many more.
Best months to see fireflies?
May and June, right before the monsoon season, are the best times to see these fireflies in their natural habitat.
How to see fireflies without using a torch?
To see fireflies without disturbing them, avoid using a flashlight or other artificial light. Here are some ways to watch fireflies without trying to hurt them:
Pick a dark location: Fireflies are most active at night, so avoid artificial lights and light pollution.
Let your eyes 15-20 minutes to acclimate to the darkness. This improves firefly visibility.
Be patient: because fireflies are unpredictable, seeing them may take some time. Wait quietly for them.
Watch for firefly patterns: Fireflies blink in patterns.
A red light is preferable over a white light if you need to use a light source. Red light doesn't effect fireflies compared to white light.
Respect their environment: Because fireflies are sensitive to their surroundings, avoid disturbing them while they are active.
Don't touch fireflies or use insect repellant or other pesticides.
Are fireflies endangered?
There are different species of firefly, and some of them are on the endangered species list while others are not. Some places have seen a drop in the number of fireflies because of things like habitat degradation, pollution, and the use of chemicals such as pesticides.
In India, the Western Ghats are home to fireflies that are now considered "vulnerable" because their habitat is being lost and broken up by things like deforestation and development. Fireflies in other parts of India are not on the list of endangered species right now, but their populations may need to be protected in the future through conservation efforts.
How to conserve them
Conservation activities for fireflies can help safeguard their populations and preserve their survival in the wild. Here are some things you can do to help save fireflies:
Protect their habitat. Fireflies can only live in certain places, like damp, humid places with little light pollution. People can help save fireflies by keeping these habitats safe from deforestation, urbanisation, and other human activities.
Reduce the use of pesticides and other chemicals. Chemicals and pesticides can hurt fireflies and their homes. Lessening how much they are used can help to lessen these bad effects.
Educate the public: letting people know how important fireflies are and what dangers they face can help to get more people involved in conservation. Programs that teach schools, communities, and tourists about fireflies can help with conservation and support for them.
Support organisations that work to protect fireflies and their habitats. There are many groups that do this kind of work. You can help these groups' efforts by giving money or time to them or by volunteering.
Responsible tourism means that when you go to places where fireflies live, you should respect their homes and try not to bother them. Don't use bright lights, don't catch or touch the fireflies, and follow any rules or guidelines set by the local government.
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