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Rajmachi Fireflies Special Camping

Udhewadi, near Lonavala

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There are about 2,000 firefly species. These insects often live in humid regions of Asia. Fireflies also known as "Kajwa" are indeed fascinating creatures known for their bioluminescent displays. They use their light to “talk” to other fireflies and find a mate. They have special organs under their abdomens that take in oxygen. Inside special cells, they combine the oxygen with a substance called luciferin to make light with almost no heat. They use this light, called bioluminescence, to light up the ends of their abdomen. There are indeed thousands of species worldwide, each with its own unique flashing pattern used primarily for mating purposes. In India, particularly in May and June, these enchanting insects light up the night skies, engaging in their brief but vital reproductive cycle. There average life span is about 1-2 months only. 

Highlights

Trekking:

  • Embark on a trek to Rajmachi Point, surrounded by lush tall grasses, fluttering butterflies, and chirping birds. It's an ideal adventure for urban trekkers seeking serenity amidst nature.

Off-Roading:

 

  • If you have a bike, enjoy a thrilling off-roading experience along the 16 km patch from Lonavala to the base of the hill, navigating through pebbles and slippery mud.

Bird Watching:

  • Explore the Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary to spot endemic and migratory birds, especially during winter, and relish their melodic chirping while trekking.

Photography:

  • Capture the scenic beauty of caves, temples, Western Ghats, diverse bird species, and flourishing nature, making it a photographer's paradise.

Vlogging:

  • Create quality content for your channel and attract subscribers by documenting your Rajmachi adventure through vlogging.

Camping:

  • Experience the joy of camping on the fort in caves, bonding with fellow trekkers, or opt for camping in Udhewadi village for good food and warm hospitality.

Fireflies Spotting:

  • Witness the enchanting sight of fireflies illuminating the night sky during early monsoons and late summers, adding magic to your camping experience.

Stargazing:

  • Marvel at the mesmerizing night sky devoid of artificial light, offering excellent opportunities for stargazing and contemplating the universe's vastness.

Sightseeing:

  • Bring a telescope to feast your eyes on panoramic views, including the Pune-Mumbai expressway, Karnala fort, Shirota dam backwater, and numerous waterfalls, enhancing your Rajmachi adventure.

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Pune To Pune (By Bus)

Day 1 

  • 08:00 PM : Assemble near Shivaji Nagar Pickup Point & Board the Bus.
  • 11:30 PM : Reach Base village, Freshen up. Have some Night snacks.
  • 11:45 PM : Take the jungle walk and witness the magical Fireflies. 
  • 12:00 PM : Enjoy the overnight camping stay with strangers turned into family. Have rest and reenergize yourself for the next morning's trek.

Day 2

  • 05:00 AM : Wake up call, Get freshen up
  • 05:20 AM : Start trek to Rajmachi Fort
  • 06:30 AM : Reach the peak and enjoy the beautiful view of sunrise and surrounding.
  • 08:00 AM : Start descending to the base village
  • 09:00 AM : Reach Base Village, Wrap your tents
  • 09:30 AM : Explore Shiv Temple and lake outside the Village
  • 11.30 AM : Have Lunch
  • 12:30 PM : Start return Journey to Pune

Meals - Night Snacks and Lunch

From Pune (By Train)

Day 1 

  • 04:30 PM : Assemble near pick-up Shivajinagar Station. As we will be traveling by local so you can board from various stations like khadki,Dapodi, kasarwadi, pimpri, Chinchwad, Akurdi, Talegaon (according to train timings) Note: Leaders will board from Shivajinagar Station 
  • 06:30 PM : Reach Lonavala station and report to the trek Leaders
  • 07:00 PM :Board the sumo's from Lonavala to Rajmachi 
  • 08:00 PM : Reach Base village 
  • 09:30 PM : Enjoy the delicious Maharashtrian food.
  • 10:30 PM : Enjoy the overnight camping stay with strangers turned into family, nearby the lake and under the sky full of stars, Have rest and reenergize yourself for the next morning's trek.

Day 2

  • 05:00 AM : Wake up call, Get freshen up
  • 05:20 AM : Start trek to Rajmachi Fort
  • 06:30 AM : Reach the peak and enjoy the beautiful view of sunrise and surrounding.
  • 08:00 AM : Start descending to the base village
  • 09:00 AM : Reach Base Village, Wrap your tents, and have Breakfast
  • 09:30 AM : Explore Shiv Temple and lake outside the Village
  • 10:30 AM : Start return Journey to Lonavala.
  • 11:30 AM : Reach Lonavala. Goodbye until the next time!!!
  • Reach Pune/Mumbai as per the train availability schedule

Meals - Dinner and Breakfast

Mumbai (By Train)

Day 1 

  • Take Train from Mumbai
  • Option 1 : CSMT Chennai Express 22159 (Mumbai CSMT to Chennai)
  • 12:45 pm - CSMT | 12:52 pm - Dadar | 01:18 pm - Thane | 01:37 pm - Kalyan | 02:20 pm - Karjat | 03:08 pm - Lonavala
  • Option 2 : Take Konark Express 11019 (Mumbai to Bhubaneswar)
  • 01:45 PM: CSMT | 02:15 PM: DADAR | 02:33 PM: THANE | 02:55 PM: KALYAN | 04:27 PM: LONAVALA
  • 04:00 PM : Reach Lonavala station and report to the trek Leaders
  • 04:30 PM : Board the sumo's from Lonavala to Rajmachi 
  • 05:30 PM : Reach Base village  
  • 08:00 PM : Enjoy the delicious Maharashtrian food.
  • 09:00 PM : Take the jungle walk and witness the magical Fireflies
  • 09:45 PM : Enjoy the overnight camping stay with strangers turned into family. Have rest and reenergize yourself for the next early morning trek.

Day 2

  • 05:00 AM : Wake up call, Get freshen up
  • 05:20 AM : Start trek to Rajmachi Fort
  • 06:30 AM : Reach the peak and enjoy the beautiful view of sunrise and surrounding. Click photos.
  • 08:00 AM : Start descending to the base village
  • 09:00 AM : Reach Base Village, Wrap your tents, and have Breakfast
  • 09:30 AM : Explore Shiv Temple and lake outside the Village
  • 10:30 AM : Start return journey to Lonavala.
  • 11:30 AM : Reach Lonavala. Goodbye until the next time!!! 
  • Reach Mumbai as per the train availability schedule

Meals - Dinner and Breakfast

Base Village To Base Village

Day 1 

  • 07:30 PM : Reach Base village  
  • 08:30 PM : Enjoy the delicious Maharashtrian food.
  • 09:00 PM : Take the jungle walk and witness the magical Fireflies
  • 09:45 PM : Enjoy the overnight camping stay with strangers turned into family. Have rest and reenergize yourself for the next early morning trek.

Day 2

  • 05:00 AM : Wake up call, Get freshen up
  • 05:20 AM : Start trek to Rajmachi Fort
  • 06:30 AM : Reach the peak and enjoy the beautiful view of sunrise and surrounding. Click photos.
  • 08:00 AM : Start descending to the base village
  • 09:00 AM : Reach Base Village, Wrap your tents, and have Breakfast
  • 09:30 AM : Explore Shiv Temple and lake outside the Village
  • 10:30 AM : Start return journey, Goodbye until the next time!!! 

Meals - Dinner and Breakfast

Note -

  • 1-2hrs buffer time is possible depending on the speed of trekkers, traffic on the road & other unavoidable circumstances during the trip.
  • We offer tent accommodations equipped with ground sheets. We kindly ask that you bring along a sleeping bag, shawl, or blanket, along with a pillow according to your needs.

  • Additionally, please wear full-sleeved shirts and full-length track pants to shield your skin and body from the sun, thorns, insects, prickles, and other potential hazards.

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Inclusions

  • Transport (As per Itinerary chosen)
  • Travel by Jeep from Lonavala station to Base Village (to&fro)
  • Tent Stay (3/4 sharing basis)
  • Trek leader expertise
  • Forest Entry Charges
  • Our Badge
  • Basic First Aid (if required)
  • Meals : Breakfast and Dinner
  • Meals : Night Snacks and Lunch (Only for Pune to Pune by Bus Participants)

Exclusions

  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Train Ticket from Mumbai & Pune to Lonavala and back.
  • Any kind of extra Meal/Soft Drink/Lime Water/Mineral Water ordered for personal consumption.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen & unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks or bad weather etc.

THINGS TO CARRY

ESSENTIALS : ID Proof, Water Bottle, Power Backup, Wallet, Backpack. 

CLOTHING : Full sleeve shirt/top & full pants for Trek, Extra pair of Clothes as per need, Raincoat /Jacket / Sweater, Trekking shoes, Quick Dry Towel, Cap.

EDIBLES : 2/3 liters Water, Energy Bars/Energy Drinks/Supplements, Dry Fruits/Dry Snacks  

ADDITIONALS : Mini-blanket/Sleeping-bag, Facewash, Sunscreen, Brush & Toothpaste, Sunglasses, Hankerchief, Gloves, Camera, Torch, Personal medicines if any, etc.



Terms and Conditions

  • Please confirm on call about the seats availability before paying.
  • Once the payment is completed, inform our team via sharing a screenshot/copy of the payment confirmation. Make sure the date, time, and UTR number are visible in the copy and please fill the registration form to confirm your seats, names & age with the team.
  • Do note that your registration will be confirmed only after the acceptance of complete trek/tour charges.
  • Please make sure you are added in the whatsapp group 6-8 hours prior to the trip as all the pickup & lead details would be shared in the group.  
  • Food and Stay arrangements are done as per the availability of the locations so kindly don't expect too luxurious. 
  • Backpacking trips are arranged for the people who are looking out for pocket friendly trips and are more about chasing experiences. 
  • First two seats will always be reserved for leaders to lead & show route to the driver. 
  • Seats arrangement will be on first come first serve basis at the time of pickup and it will be same throughout journey. (Any disputes regarding seating arrangement would result in dismissal of both the parties and would not be liable for any refunds.)
  • Please note that the advance amount paid would not not refunded in any case, except if the trek/tour departure is cancelled by us. Do check cancellation policy in case any refunds or cancellations.
  • No compensation would be given due to sudden closure of the destinations, road accidents, unexpected circumstances, vehicle breakdown, any natural or unexpected calamities after reaching the venue.
  • If the event is cancelled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.
  • We need at least 12-14 Travellers to manage our Trip, so our team reserves all the rights to cancel the Trip if the minimum batch size is not enough.
  • Your payment implies that you have read & complied with all our terms and conditions.

Frequest Questions

  • What is the best time to go for Rajmachi Fort Trek?

The optimal time to embark on the Rajmachi Fort is best throughout the year. Fireflies season is one among the best time to opt for Rajmachi Trek. Even the monsoon season is the best as entire region is adorned in lush greenery, with the flora and fauna bursting into magnificent displays that are a treat for the eyes.

Additionally, winter presents another excellent opportunity for trekking in Rajmachi. The weather during winter is cool and pleasant, with light fog enveloping the mountains and dew-kissed trek trails evoking a sense of joy. The sight of fog and clouds veiling the mountains during this season is truly captivating. 

  • How far is the Rajmachi trek from Pune?

The distance from Pune to Rajmachi is roughly 82 km via road through Lonavala. You'll need to reach Lonavala first, which is around 65 km away from Pune. From Lonavala, the distance to Rajmachi is approximately 17 km.

  • What is the height of Rajmachi Fort?

Rajmachi Fort stands at an altitude of approximately 2750 feet. Its moderate elevation makes it accessible for trekkers, especially beginners. Moreover, the well-marked trails allow for a comfortable trek even without a guide. To ensure a pleasant trekking experience, it's advisable to wear comfortable attire and sturdy trekking or sports shoes.

  • How long does it take to climb Rajmachi Fort?

The total duration of the Rajmachi Fort trek is around 5 hours, covering a distance of approximately 16 kilometers. While there may be some ups and downs along the way, the trek mostly involves walking on relatively even terrain. Trekkers can expect a leisurely journey without encountering much rocky terrain or steep ascents.

  • Is Rajmachi Trek difficult?

Rajmachi trek is categorized as easy to moderate. The trek trail is not overly steep or rocky, primarily consisting of long walks. As a starting point for many new trekkers, Rajmachi offers a manageable challenge suitable for men, women, and children who are in good health and fitness.

  • Is Rajmachi Fort Trek safe?

Yes, the Rajmachi Fort trek is entirely safe for both men and women, whether trekking solo or in a group. Professional trek leaders accompany trekkers throughout the journey, providing guidance and ensuring safety. Before commencing the trek, participants receive comprehensive safety instructions. Additionally, bringing along essential items such as a windcheater, personal medications, insect repellent, and energy drinks enhances safety measures.

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