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Rajmachi Fireflies

Sat, 29 Jun 2019 11:30AM - Sun, 30 Jun 2019 9:30AM
Bhandardhara (Rajmachi)
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Pricing & Offers

Pricing & Offers
Early bird till 23 May, 2019 expires in 8 hours.


  • Boating | Badminton and lot more
Unlimited Food Included : Yes
Outdoors / Open Air
Transportation Avaliable : Yes
Tour Duration : 1 days, 1 nights
Venue Type : Lakeside
Stay Type : Tents
Stay Arrangements
  • Twin sharing
  • Triple Sharing
  • 4-sharing
  • Veg
  • Non-veg
  • Jain
Activity : Camping
Kids Friendly
Kids Below 5 Years : Free
Stay Included
Breakfast Avaliable
Check In Time : 17:00
Check Out Time : 11:00



Rajmachi Fireflies Trek 

Event: Rajmachi- A Fireflies Special Event
Region: Lonavla, Karjat
Grade: Easy
Max Altitude: 3600 ft
Date: June - 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd.
Charges: 1200/- without transport , and 1650/- with transport

About Rajmachi: At a height of 3600 ft above MSL, Rajmachi is situated between Lonavla and Karjat and can be reached from either of these places. Lonavla is the easier route than Karjat. The fortification of Rajmachi consists of twin forts, Srivardhan (the taller one) and Manaranjan. Climb to the 17th Century Srivardhan Fort and get an awe-inspiring glimpse of Lonavla, Dukes Nose, Ulhas valley, Shirota backwaters, and Khandala Ghat.

About Fireflies:

Fireflies belong to the family of beetles, and not flies as they are commonly mistaken for. These nocturnal winged beetles use bioluminescence, a chemical reaction when oxygen combines with luciferin, which is present in the lower abdomen of the insect to produce light. All fireflies glow as larvae. Bioluminescence serves a different function in the larvae than in adults. It appears to be a warning signal to predators, for, the larvae contain chemicals that are either distasteful or toxic.

The adult male beetles use light to primarily attract their mates. The interested female flashes back from her lower perch and the male flit overhead. What a romantic way of courting! The first few showers of monsoon are the best time to witness the fireflies since this is the time best fit for fireflies to start darting around. Fireflies cannot tolerate heavy raindrops and die. So, make sure you get to witness these lightning bugs with us.


DAY 1 - Saturday

11:20 am - Meet us at Lonavala Railway Station and move towards Rajmachi by Jeep.

1:00 pm - Reach Rajmach. Freshen up and have Lunch.

After lunch Stroll around the village. Visit the Kalbhairavnath Temple and Rajmachi Lake.

Around 4 pm short trek to Shrivardhan Fort.

Start descending back to Rajmachi village after watching the sunset from the peak

7:00 pm - Evening tea.

Once it gets dark, the fireflies get into action, we will go for a forest walk to witness the mesmerizing phenomenon.

9:00 pm - Dinner and then you can laze around fireflies as long as you want or chose to sleep.

Stay in Tents/ village home (depending on weather conditions)

DAY 2 - Sunday

06:30 am - Wake up and freshen up.

07:00 am - Breakfast and have some rest.

08:00 am - Start return journey to Lonavala station.

09:30 am - Disperse at Lonavala railway station.

Catch 10:14 am a train from Lonavala railway station

Reach CST by 01:05 pm.

How to reach:

For Mumbai participants: Suggested train to the board is the 11029/Koyna Express,

08:40am CSMT

08:51 am Dadar

09:18 am Thane

09:32 am Kalyan

10:15 am Karjat

11:07 am Lonavala

For Pune participants: Catch Pune Lonavala local

09:55 am Pune

09:59 am Shivaji Nagar

10:41 am Talegaon

11:15 am Lonavala


  • Food: Lunch, evening tea, Dinner, and Breakfast (Veg / Non-veg). 
  • Emergency Equipment: Well-stocked First Aid kits.
  • Accommodation: Village Homestay (dormitory) / Tents.
  • Transport: Travelling Lonavala to the base village and Traveling from base village to Lonavala station.


  • Train tickets / Expenses to reach Lonavla
  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption and 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.

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. Missing the train is missing Rajmachi Fireflies Trek, no refund will be provided. Please make sure you are physically fit to complete the event and have gone through the disclaimer and FAQ / Points to note. The main focus of the event is Fireflies and this is not a Camping focused event. Tents/dormitory stay are just a medium to provide shelter for the night.

1. Liquor not allowed 

2. No campfire/bonfire

3. No music 

Things to carry 

  • Identity proof (must)
  • A haversack / Backpack
  • Torch with Extra batteries - (Compulsory Per Person)
  • Water bottle (at least 2 - 3 Litters Compulsory).
  • Personal Medical Kit
  • Blanket and bedsheet to comfort you in tents
  • Rain protection
  • Extra pair of clothes
  • Double pack your valuables/phones in plastic bags.

Trek in charge's decision will be final and binding. 
Participants or Members are responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.
Under unavoidable situations organizing team reserves all the right to change/deviate/ cancel the plans without prior notice.
Once the booking is confirmed refund will not be possible in any situation until and unless the event gets canceled by the organizer.
It's important to fill the personal details form 24 hours prior to the event. Nonsubmission of the form will make your booking invalid and no refund will be provided. 
The personal details form will be sent to you via email after making payment for the booking. 

The organizer reserves the right to make amendments/cancel/postpone the activities/event at any time depending on the situation at hand. The participants who wish to reach the event starting point in their own vehicle have to reach the meeting point at a given time, beyond the said time and spot the organizer may go out of network range and won't be able to assist. In such a situation, the organizer shall not be liable for any inconvenience what-so-ever and the participants will be considered as dropouts against which no refund will be made. The organizer reserves the right to make the necessary change in the itinerary at any time before or during the event based on the situation at hand. Organizer's decision will be final and binding, no arguments will be entertained. During the event, if any participant or group does not follow safety instructions and indulges in acts that lead to physical harm, or gets lost in the forest/mountain the organizers will not be held liable for it. No refund will be made in case a person misses the train/bus/jeep mentioned in the itinerary. All participants are deemed to be physically fit for the event. In case a participant is expelled due to unwelcome behavior or decides to drop out during the event he/she has to bear the extra cost of arranging his/her return, this cost will be charged at-actual-basis. Once the event has started and if it gets canceled due to bad natural conditions or external factors that are not in control of organizers, no refund will be made. Stay options mentioned in the itinerary are subject to natural conditions i.e. tents cant be pitched if rains and/or rain storm is being predicted. In such cases, an attempt will be made to provide shelter for the night. Natural phenomenon based events like cloud special trek or the meteor shower camping, or rain/waterfall special activities are purely based on unpredictable nature and the organizers do not assure the occurrence of the phenomenon. Every participant has to fill up "personal details form" sent to them on the confirmation email. Submitting incorrect/incomplete/fake details is looked upon as suspicious behavior and organizers have the right to deny entry for the event without providing any refund. Food during the trekking and camping events is sourced locally from villages and we put in our best efforts to provide the best, participants should acknowledge the fact that remote village people are not trained for catering services and the expectations should be accommodating. We have a reputation for providing a memorable experience for trekkers and adventure lovers, our events are designed only for those who understand teamwork and sports. Our events are not suitable for tourists or finicky people. All participants are deemed to be physically fit to take part in our events.

Please Note: Trekking and Camping belong to the adventure sports industry wherein all the participants are part of a "team",  there are no waiters, caterers, guests, clients. Having the spirit of sportsmanship and teamwork is the basic requirement for signing up our events.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

90% will be refunded if cancelled 60 days in advance.

75% will be refunded if cancelled 50 days in advance.

50% will be refunded if cancelled 40 days in advance.

25% will be refunded if cancelled 30 days in advance.

0% refund if cancelled 0-to-29 days from date of trek.


Points to Note and FAQ

Points to Note and FAQ

Frequently asked Questions (FAQ's) and Points to note before booking. 

Q: I have booked/paid for the event, is my booking confirmed ?

Ans. No ! , your booking can become invalid if you do not submit the "Most Important Details" required for emergency situations. For any Trek/Adventure event the organizers need to have your details atleast 24 hours prior to the event. We do not allow anyone to campsite until we have complete and authentic details of the person. This info is crucial in case of emergency, and is a mandatory KYC parameter. The link for the "personal details form" will be sent along the ticket confirmation email. Submitting incomplete/incorrect/fake details in the form will make your booking invalid and no refund will be provided in such case. 

Q. We are coming by our own vehicle for the event, where should we reach ?

Ans. You need to reach Lonavala Station at scheduled meeting time, from here you can follow our vehicles. After this point cellphone network coverage is bad and our team wont be contactable. You will be given exact coordinates after you finish booking formalities. 

Q. How do we get in touch after reaching meeting point ? 

Ans. we will be creating a whatsapp group for coordination where you will be provided all the necessary information regarding contact person, exact point to meet etc..

Q. How many people will share the tent OR can we have separate tent for ourselves ?

Ans. We have tents of 3 different size . 3/4/5 person capacity tents, you can chose from any of these as per number of persons coming along with you (depending on availability). Tent size is as per standard international norms for tents. for rough idea about tents , the 3 person tent has dimensions 200 x 200 x 130 cm. The 4 person tent has dimensions 220 x 250 x 150cm. Rajmachi Fireflies is not a luxury camping event. Basic tent setup will be provided for shelter. 

Q. What is provided in meals ? 

Ans. Meal will consist of veg and nonveg options. rice, chapati, daal, seasonal veg, salad, Chicken curry.

Q. How many people will be at the coming for this trek ?

Ans. Depends on number of people booking the event. Generally the batch size is approximately 25 participants.

Q. Is it safe for solo participants? 

Ans. Yes, mostly 30% of participants come up solo and blend in. 

Q. Is it safe for girls? 

Ans. Mischief Treks has a track record of making our trekking and camping events extremely safe for girls. Normally 60 75 % of our participants are females.


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