You light up my life! This is what literally pops up in a traveler’s mind when they look at Fireflies lighting up a place engulfed in darkness. People with a voracious appetite for travel always search for natural wonders and a ‘glowing’ ritual of hundreds of fireflies in forests is one of them. Here are some places near Mumbai and Pune where you can witness the magical dance of fireflies.
There are several places where you can come across this natural phenomenon and see the male fireflies try to woo their potential partners by lighting their bottoms up. If you want to witness this synchronized twinkling of bio-luminescent lights then a pre-monsoon journey to a trekking spot or camping under the blanket of starry skies.
For those who like challenges, treat yourself to a trek coupled with panoramic vistas and small crowds. If you are someone who wants to chill and experience this with family and friends, camp in forests and villages in your own tent or tag along with professional groups who will organize this for you.
Firefly Spotting in Velhe
The scenic journey starts from Warje, Pune. One of the best routes you can take is via Kadve Pass which eventually takes you through a dense rain forest.
The Nisargshala camping site is one of the best options near Pune. It is away from the hustle-bustle of the city and is nestled in the Western Ghats. The campsite is based on the bank of a river and a night trail is when you can witness fireflies.
This experience is coupled with Barbecue nights, traditional village food and if you are feeling lucky, try out adventure activities such as trekking.
Rajmachi Fireflies Trek
This trek is nothing short of a surprise. It is tailor made for all those who want to leave behind a chaotic city life and just walk on a trekking trail through dense forests. This trek is filled with fireflies twinkling all around.
As a traveller, not only will you experience flickering lights in the darkness but a stay in the rustic village of Rajmachi. Rajmachi is a village tucked away in the Sahyadri ranges in Maharashtra.
Night trails and mysteries about the village and its fort is another takeaway from this journey. Since, the village is located in the mountains, the mountain beauty will allow you to witness different shades of green everywhere.
Weekend fireflies camping in Bhimashankar forest
It is a nature’s paradise with picturesque waterfalls and hills. Home to the flying squirrel, this pristine location is also a perfect camping spot to witness the mystical fireflies. However, experiencing the forest glow at night is something you can witness only 2-3 weeks after the monsoon sets in.
The forest reserve is not only famous for glowing fireflies but also the Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga temple (self-emerged Shiva temples). So, for everyone who want to pay their respects to god and witness natural phenomena’s, this place is a perfect blend of both.
Fireflies camping at Bhandardara
It is one of the most popular weekend getaways in the Western Ghats. This rustic village provides an amazing camping experience for travelers who want to witness the fireflies sparkling all around. It is an abode for photographers who want explore the world through nature’s lens.
This destination caters to excursions that is for children below 10 years of age. Other than fireflies, you can also visit the Arthur Lake hill and Umbrella waterfalls. If you want to make the most of your trip, visit this place between May- September.
Curated by Ruchit Rastogi