Overview/Itinerary

Rajmachi Fireflies 2019 Information?

As we await the upcoming monsoon season first showers, we welcome the season of fireflies. Western Ghats jungles will soon twinkle with a small light, and this period is the mating season for fireflies. Enjoy Firefly camping at Rajmachi Village near Lonavala. Fireflies Festival at night covers the forest with small twinkling lights. 

 

Who are these beautiful Fireflies?

Fireflies or lightning bugs make light within their bodies. This process is called bioluminescence and shared by many other organisms, mostly sea-living or marine plants. Fireflies light up to attract a mate. The fireflies contain specialized cells in their abdomen that helps to create light.

 

About Rajmachi Firefly Festival?

Pre-monsoon during May and June months you can spot thousands of fireflies around Mumbai and Pune. Rajmachi Fort Trek and Camping is the best location in Maharashtra to spot firefly. We will be trekking till the base village of Rajmachi Fort total trek distance 8 km one way. Spot fireflies after sunset around the Udhewadi village. Fireflies are called Kajawa in Marathi. 

 

About Rajmachi Fort 

Rajmachi Fort has two forts Shirvardhan and Manaranjan which were built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during the 17th century. It is a famous spot for trekking. It is a 16 km trekking distance from Lonavala Station. Rajmachi fort is a strategic fort overlooking Borghat which was an old trade route. Rajmachi peak has two stable structures the Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan Fort. Places to visit in Lonavala during monsoon the fort is covered with fog and mist. Lonavala sightseeing you can spot Rajmachi Killa from Khandala there is a dedicated viewing point. 

 

Highlights of Event Fireflies Festival 2019

  • Popular trek cocooned in the laps of Sahyadri Mountain ranges of Western Ghats
  • Shrivardhan Ballekilla stands tall at the height of 2750 feet overlooking the Borghat Pass
  • Watch pre-monsoon clouds formation 
  • Excellent Location for Astrophotography around the new moon 
  • Camping inside the Jungle with campfire 
  • Gratifying Home-cooked Local Food

Batches for Rajmachi Fireflies Festival 2019

 Firefly Festival May 2019  Firefly Festival June 2019

 25th 26th May 2019

 1st 2nd June 2019

 

 8th 9th June 2019

 

 15th 16th June 2019

 

 22nd 23rd June 2019

 

Rajmachi Firefly Trek 2019 Event Details

  • Shirvardhan Fort Height  2710 feet approx.
  • Nearest City Lonavala, Karjat
  • Camping stay (If it rains, we'll try for homestay)
  • Activities - Campfire, Night Walk and Fireflies spotting 
  • Shrivardhan Fort and Manaranjan Fort Exploration.
  • Local Village Food.
  • Separate Stay for Females.
  • Rajmachi Fireflies and Camping Cost Rs 1600 per person

 

Event Itinerary Rajmachi Fireflies 2019

Plan A - Morning plan

Day One - Saturday For Fireflies Mumbai participants

Suggested train to the board is the 11029 / Koyna Express

  • 08:40 CSMT
  • 08:51 Dadar
  • 09:18 Thane
  • 09:32 Kalyan
  • 10:15 Karjat
  • 11:07 Lonavala

 

For Pune Fireflies Festival participants - Catch Pune – Lonavala local

  • 09:55 Pune
  • 09:59 Shivaji Nagar
  • 10:41 Talegaon
  • 11:15 Lonavala

 

11:20 - Assemble at Lonavala Railway Station near the Ticket counter and Move towards base village by Jeep.

13:00 - Reach Base village and have pleasant lunch, local home cooked meal. after lunch explore Shrivardhan Fort.

19:00 - Evening tea, After sunset takes jungle walk to enjoy fireflies.

21:00 - Dinner and Night Walk around the forest 

 

Day Two - Sunday Fireflies Festival 2019

06:30 - Wake up and freshen up.

07:00 - Breakfast

08:00 - Start return journey to Lonavala station

09:30 - Disperse at Lonavala railway station

 

Plan B - Evening plan

Day 1 - Saturday

For Mumbai participants

Suggested train to aboard is the 11009 /Mumbai CST-Sinhagad Express,

  • 14:30 CST
  • 14:40 Dadar
  • 15:08 Thane
  • 15:28 Kalyan
  • 16:08 Karjat
  • 17:08 Lonavala

 

For Pune participants - Catch Pune – Lonavala local

  • 15:00 Pune
  • 15:04 Shivaji Nagar
  • 15:47 Talegaon
  • 16:25 Lonavala

 

17:10 Assemble at Lonavala Railway Station and Move towards base village by Jeep (Half Way)

18:00 Start Trek towards the base village and watch fireflies on the way and at base Village.

20:30 Reach Base Village 8 km trek

22:00 Dinner and Night Trail

 

Day 2 - Sunday

06::30 Wake up and freshen up.

07:00 Breakfast.

07:30 Fort visit and exploration.

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Start return journey to Lonavala.

16:30 Disperse at Lonavala railway station.

 

Please Note

  • In case it rains Jeep is only available half the way as the road becomes not motorable, the participant will have to walk 8 km till pickup point.
  • Due to visitor rush during this period, jeeps are sometimes unavailable or overbooked, the participant is requested to wait patiently for their jeep.
  • If it rains, we'll try for homestay.
  • Missing the train is missing Rajmachi Fireflies Trek, no refund will be provided.
overnight 25 May, 25 May, 01 Jun, and more
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

​Plan A - Morning Plan

  • Travelling Lonavala to base village
  • 1 veg lunch, 1 evening tea, 1 veg dinner and 1 veg breakfast
  • Accommodation on sharing basis - Camping stay (If it rains, we'll try for homestay)
  • Travelling from Udhewadi to Lonavala station
  • Treks and Trails India expertise charges

 

Plan B - Evening Plan

  • Travel from Lonavala station to mid village (half way)
  • Trek to Rajmachi Village base.
  • 1 veg Dinner, 1 veg breakfast and tea and 1 veg lunch
  • Travel by local Jeep from Udhewadi village to Lonavala railway station
  • Accommodation on sharing basis - Camping stay (If it rains, we'll try for homestay)
  • Treks and Trails India expertise charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
  • Transport till Lonavala and back
  • 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

Please note: Participant wearing Sports Shoes / Running Shoes / Repaired Shoes, kindly buy good trekking shoes. Trekking is a specialist activity. Trekking shoes are a must.

  • A haversack / Backpack to put in all the things to be carried, so that one has one's hands-free while trekking.
  • Double pack your valuables/phones in plastic bags.
  • Please wear full sleeves t-shirts and long pants.
  • Identity proof (must)
  • Carry Sleeping Bag or Two Bedsheets.
  • Torch with new batteries - Compulsory per person.
  • Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc. For Energy while you Trek. Glucon D / Energy bars.
  • Water (at least 2 - 3 Litters).
  • Sun Cap.
  • Avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
  • Medicine those if you require usually.
  • Odomos gel or cream to avoid mosquitoes or insect.

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.

 

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FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions - Rajmachi Fireflies Trek 2019 & Camping

 

1. Can we drive till Rajmachi Village?

  • Not in monsoon. You need a right 4WD vehicle as last 8 km is entirely off the road with a small turning radius.
  • In case it rains road is not motorable
  • Mobile network is bad on this road will be difficult to arrange help quickly 

 

2. How far is Rajmachi Fireflies Festival from Mumbai or Pune?

  • Three hours drive from Mumbai, 125 km approx.
  • One hour drive from Lonavala completely off road 4WD car required.

 

3. The number of days required for the Fireflies Festival event?

  • Two days and One Night

 

4. Where can we park our cars?

  • Lonavala at your own risk, we will try to find secure parking.
  • You will have to pay for parking charges if spot is available. 

 

5. Is there any parking charge a forest entry fee?

  • Yes, parking and forest entry fees apply collected by Forest Officer

 

6. Do you provide sleeping bags?

  • No, we don't provide a sleeping bag, you can bring your own sleeping bag
  • In case you don't have a sleeping bag please carry two bedsheets. 
  • For hygiene reasons, we don't provide sleeping bags.

 

7. Are Toilet and Bathing available at Rajmachi?

  • Provision for toilet tents will be made at Villagers House eastern style commode
  • There is a water shortage in the village and no electricity so Western style commode not possible. 
  • Due to water shortage at Udhewadi village bathing is not possible.

 

8. Do Single Travellers Female sign up for these events?

  • Fireflies Mumbai event we have 60 - 40 ratio for Male - Female 
  • Many Solo Travellers Female & Male join our events

 

9. Are Kids allowed on Fireflies treks?

  • Ideal for parents who want to introduce kids to trekking, camping, outdoors, adventure, forts. 
  • We take Kids below 15 with Parents or Guardian supervision only.

 

10. What type of food will is available?

  • Food preference only Veg local home cooked is available.
  • Jain Food is available please inform in advance to make arrangements. 

 

11. First aid and Medical Doctor?

  • First Aid Kit is available always with our trek leaders
  • Please carry your personal medicine as there are no doctors or medicals available at base village. 

 

11. Phone Connectivity at Rajmachi Firefly Festival?

  • Limited phone connectivity is available for most cellular services 
  • The range is available at some location when you climb the fort you will get network at the top. 

 

12. Where will we stay?

  • Camping in tents mostly 2 people or 3 person tents 
  • In case it rains heavily we will try to shift you to local homestay 
  • The homestay will be in Dormitory Villagers house simple sleeping mat is provided.

 

13. Is cash payment or spot payment accepted?

  • Registration against 100% upfront payment only via Paytm / UPI / NEFT / IMPS / Payment Gateway
  • on the spot cash payment are not accepted.
  • We need to book in advance jeep and stay and make other arrangements upfront payment is a must.

 

14. Will I get bottled water?

  • Natural well water is only available, you can buy bottled water in the village.
  • Please take the empty bottles with you and avoid littering the village. 

 

15. Can I charge my phone at Fireflies Mumbai Festival?

  • No electricity is available in the village 
  • Please carry a power bank if required.

 

16. How is the weather now at Rajmachi Fireflies Festival?

  • Summer Temperature Night 26 - Day 39°C approx
  • Evening Rain showers are possible 
  • Monsoon rains very heavily please double pack your expensive phones and gadgets.  

 

17. Can we smoke or drink alcohol?

  • People caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to exit the event on an immediate basis.
  • Rajmachi Fort is sacred to locals and they will get offended if they find you consuming alcohol or smoking  

 

18. Can we listen to music on Bluetooth speaker?

  • Listening to music on earphones or Bluetooth speaker is not allowed while trekking
  • Bluetooth speaker not allowed inside the homestay
  • Bluetooth or Loud music not allowed at the campsite 

 

19. How do I make payment?

  • You can pay online on our website on the book now button

 

20. Lonavala places to visit after the event?

  • Della Adventures 
  • Wet N Joy Water Park 
  • A1 Chikki shop 
  • Cooper's Fudge And Chikkis
  • Sunil's Celebrity Wax Museum
  • Manshakti Lonavala for snacks

 

In case your question is not listed above you can email us highfive@treksandtrails.org

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Activity
Camping
Destination
Maharashtra
Duration
2-4 Days