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If you want to see the dazzling fireflies in the dark, then come for the trek to Kothaligad. This trek is most spectacular in weeks preceding the monsoon when tiny insects come out of a long slumber for mating season. Fireflies exhibit bioluminescence, a phenomenon which makes them glow in the dark to attract a mate.
Kothaligad is a small Fort (3100 ft) situated near Karjat-Murbad Road. It is also known as the Fort of Peth because of its vicinity to Peth village at its base. There are a small temple and large cave at the base and a chimney like a tunnel to the top of the fort.
This pinnacle is carved from inside forming a staircase reaching the top. There is a tank of water at some distance from the cave and another one at the top of the fort. This tunnel is the high point of the trek, with its funnel-like structure and steps along the inside in a steep ascent to the very top.
21:30 - Take Karjat fast local from CST at 9:26 (Dadar-9:40, Thane-10:07)
23:20 - Reach Karjat. This is the final meeting point. Start traveling to a base village in a jeep
00:30 - Reach base village and start trekking to Kothaligad. You will see a swarm of fireflies on the way.
03:00 - Reach the caves and settle down.
06:00 - Wake up and climb to the top. Watch the sunrise and come back to caves
08:00 - Have to breakfast and then start descending
10:00 - Reach base village and take a jeep back to Karjat
11:00 - Reach Karjat and take the next train to Mumbai
-.Travel till base village from Karjat and back
- Breakfast and refreshments
- Expertise charge
- Saturday night dinner
- Train tickets to Karjat
- Anything not mentioned above
Things to carry:
- 2-liter water (preferably in personal reusable bottles)
- Good trekking shoes or sport shoes
- Mats for sleeping (approx 2 hrs)
- Torches (other than mobile)
- A double strap bag. Sling bag not allowed in the trek
- We appreciate people carrying healthy foods like juice packets, fruits, dry fruits, etc.