Vagabond Pyjama Party (A New Year's Camp)

Lake Arthur, Bhandardara (Maharashtra)

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Somehow, 2022 went really slow and really fast at the same time! Either way, we’re ready to start thinking about 2023. We’re gonna keep it simple, let nature do most of the work while we create a relaxed space for you to enjoy it. All you have to do is put on your best pyjamas, and head on over to Lake Arthur, Bhandardara!

We’re gonna bring in the new year just the way we like it—in the great outdoors, surrounded by people we love and some beautiful live music and fun mini-games to help us take a real break! 

Even if you have never been camping before or you want to join this scene like Hans (solo), our Experience Managers will always be around to make sure you are comfortable.


Venue: Lake Arthur, Bhandardara (Maharashtra)

Check-in: 3:00 pm, 31st December 2022

Check out: 10:00 am, 1st January 2023:

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  • Isolated campsite. It’s so isolated, that you can only get here by boat!
  • No disturbances from other noisy parties
  • Beautiful expansive view of Lake Arthur
  • AC transport to and fro (Ex-Bombay)
  • LIVE gig by Vernon Noronha
  • Sunset swim in the lake
  • Boat rides on the lake
  • Game stalls
  • Exciting prizes to be won through the night
  • Traditional burning of the old man effigy 

Who should attend?

-There isn’t an age restriction on any of our experiences, everyone is welcome. However, the average Vagabond customer is anywhere between 20 – 32 years old. The experiences involve a good amount of time spent with the group. Depending on what experience you’re opting for, there could be a lot of walking and physical exertion.

-It’s important to understand that most of our experiences include very rustic accommodation and not a luxurious means of transport. These may be basic in their facilities, but the hospitality is homely and comforting. If you’re someone who doesn’t like compromising on your comforts while travelling, this experience may not be very enjoyable.

-Most of our trips have a healthy number of solo travellers. We encourage you to join us solo, especially if you’re tired of waiting on your friends. We promise you’ll return with many more.

-We try our best to be responsible travellers. Everyone is welcome to explore with us, but we pay utmost importance to cleanliness on all our experiences. We encourage you to #LeaveNoTrace behind while you discover the beauty of the outdoors.

-It’s important to understand that in a limited amount of time, only a limited amount of experiences can be had. We like to cover a few places in-depth rather than just ticking off a long list of things-to-do and places-to-go. However, if you are that kind of traveller, on almost all trips you can feel free to wander by yourself to places of your interest.

-At a Vagabond Experience, it’s important to stay open-minded and positive when things don’t go as per plan. The essence of traveling in a group is being able to help each other out when in need. The weather could go bad, and plans could get altered. In such situations, we urge you to have faith in your group leader to make the most informed decision for the group.

Day 1 | Saturday, 31st December, 2022

3:00 pm: Arrive at the boating dock at Bhandardara between 3-5 pm. If you are joining us on the private bus, we will be leaving Bombay between 10-11 am, depending on your pickup point (More deets on this below). We board the boats that will bring you to the campsite in groups. 

4:00 pm: Once you arrive at the gorgeous campsite, you will be allotted your tent. And when you’ve gotten comfortable, you can spend the rest of the evening swimming or chilling by the lake and catching a breathtaking sunset. 

7:00 pm: After your swim, get ready to play a whole bunch of foolish but exciting games with the Vagabond EMs. I mean you can also just sit and chill, but here’s the thing, every game you play brings you guaranteed prizes, and some of those prizes are straight-up irresistible! 

9:00 pm: After all the shenanigans, we’re ready for the best part of the night—the music! We gather around the stage for some live music by Vernon and soak in the vibes till we’re ready for dinner. 

12:00 am: At the stroke of midnight, as is tradition, we will burn the old man and say our final goodbyes to 2022. 

Since it’s gonna be freezing by the lakeside, we will continue chilling into the night around a campfire. With some roasted marshmallows, great company, and the sounds of music; this might just be the best way to spend the first few hours of the year. 

Day 2 | Sunday, January 1st, 2023

9:00 am: You wake up and get yourself some breakfast. Soak in the beauty of the place one last time, and board the boats, one group at a time, back to the dock. 

11:00 am We board our vehicles and go home, ready to take on whatever 2023 has to throw at us (hopefully). 


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Vagabond started out as a project by four friends with a disdain for the ordinary. The idea was simple; take people out of their comfort zones. Not like Roadies, but just enough to bond them together through beautiful and authentic experiences. Happiness, as they say, is only real when shared. And share we did. The company was founded in 2014. As fresh Bachelor of Arts degree holders, companies were lining up to hire us fine gentlemen; we’re kidding. Fueled by entrepreneurial zeal, we started with small events in the city like heritage walks through Bombay’s old quarters. As musicians and travellers ourselves, we decided to marry these two loves of our lives. That is how the idea for the first Fields of Sound™ came about. Since then, it has only been onward and upwards for us. Since 2014, we’ve made friends like family through our journey. Our little ‘Vaga’-Fam. It’s safe to say, it’s been quite an adventure. One we would like you to join :)

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-We will be traveling from Bombay to Bhandardara and back in an AC Volvo bus (limited seats available)

-Pick-ups in Bombay will begin from Chakala (Andheri East) at 10 am with added pickups from Powai and Thane.

-We will check out from our campsite around 11 am the next day and head back to Bombay.

-During both journeys, the bus will make lunch (not included) stops en route.

-We will create a WhatsApp group to coordinate your pick-ups closer to the event.



-Camping will be on a double-sharing basis

-A foam mat, pillow, and blankets will be provided



-High Tea: Pakoda/Bhajiya, Tea, Coffee

-Appetizers: Veg and Non-Veg Starters

-Dinner: Jeera Rice, Dal Fry, Shahi Paneer, Village-Style Chicken Curry, Chapati, Papad

-Breakfast: Tea, Coffee, Poha/Upma/Boiled eggs

(If you require Jain food options, please inform us in advance)



-Live Music by Vernon Noronha

-Midnight campfire + Smores

-Free game stalls and Vagabond prizes

-Group icebreaker games

-Burning the old man at midnight

-Sunset swimming at Arthur Lake



-Boat rides across Lake Arthur to our campsite and back

-Midnight snack stall

-Drinking water at the campsite

-Access to life jackets for swimming in the lake

-Clean and hygienic western washrooms

-Basic medical and first-aid kit assistance

-All permits and tolls for those joining us from Bombay

-Experienced local guides

-Event hosting by Vagabond EMs



  • Extra pair of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Your best pyjama
  • Drinking water for the bus journey
  • Drinks and snacks (BYOB)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm clothes
  • Torch/headlamp
  • Personal medication
  • Optional: Camera, power bank, slippers, musical instruments, playing cards etc


  • Bhandardara is home to many campsites and is a popular location for New Year camps.
  • There will be a lot of traffic as you enter Bhandardara post 4 pm.
  • However our campsite is isolated and can be accessed only by a boat ride across Arthur Lake.
  • If you’re opting for PUBLIC TRANSPORT, you can board a central line train from Bombay and get off at Kasara station. From there you will have to take a taxi (that can take upto 8 passengers) to Bhandardara. It is a minimum 2 hour journey from Kasara station to Bhandardara. The taxis will stay overnight and drop you back to Kasara the next day. This would cost approximately Rs. 4,000/- . 
  • Tell them to drop you at the Bhandardara toll booth. You need to be here between 3:00pm to 6pm
  • If you’re opting for PRIVATE TRANSPORT, map your way to the Bhandardara toll booth between 3:00pm to 6pm and contact a Vagabond EM (we’ll send you details closer to the date) 
  • Since the campsite is only accessible by boat and the boat service is discontinued post sundown, it is possible that you may not be able to reach the campsite after 6pm or when it gets dark.
  • We request all self-drive participants to plan your travel accordingly.

Policy and Terms

-30 days prior to the date of departure: 10% will be deducted

-15 days prior to the date of departure: 50% will be deducted

-7 days prior to the date of departure: 70% will be deducted

-1 week to the date of departure: No refund

Terms and Conditions

-All timings and activities are subject to weather, group size, capabilities of participants, etc.

-Vagabond holds the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances (for eg. unfavourable weather)

-By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond Terms & Conditions mentioned in the footer.

Frequest Questions

1) Does the campsite have a parking facility?

Yes, there is a huge ground that is dedicated to our guests to park their vehicles. Feel free to drive or ride down to the campsite. Our EMs will assist you with the parking.


2) How safe is the campsite?

Our campsite is a private property that has a dedicated staff running the place. No outsiders (non-campers) will be allowed to intrude on the property during the course of the event.


3) Is Jain food available?

-Yes, Jain food can be provided on prior request.


4) Is alcohol permitted?

Yes, you may carry your own alcohol, however, no alcohol will be sold at the venue. Beware of security checks at toll booths and attain the requisite alcohol permits.


5) Will cold drinks be sold at the venue?

Unfortunately not. Please carry your own mixers and drinks.


6) Will there be any cooling facility at the venue?

No fridge/cooler will be at the disposal of the public. You may carry your own ice boxes etc if you please.


7) Is this event safe for children?

Definitely. Persons below 12 years of age have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Persons below 18 years of age should either be accompanied by a parent/guardian or provide us with written permission from their parent/guardian.


8) Is this camp pet-friendly?

You're more than welcome to bring all of your family members for this camp :)


9) Will there be phone reception at the venue?

All network providers (except Jio) have decent connectivity at this campsite.


10) Is it compulsory to wear pyjamas?

Not reaaaally. But it would be great if you do. After all, it’s a pyjama parday! Also, there is a prize for ‘Best Pyjama’. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.


11) Where will the Bombay transport pick up and drop us?

Scroll up and refer to the ‘Accommodation | Meals | Transport’ section to know where you can be picked from. Or just hit us up and we’ll clear your doubts.


12) Will there be charging points at the campsite?

Unfortunately not. Please carry a power bank. 


13) Can I join this camp solo? How will I be accommodated in tents?

Sure, hop in! You will be accommodated with other solo male/female campers.


14) What will the weather be like?

It would be around 30 during the day and 13 at night (according to weather forecasts).


15) Can I bring my own tent and sleeping arrangements?

Since we have a limited camping area, this, unfortunately, won’t be possible.

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