Where The Light Is (Chasing Fireflies at Bhandardara)
Bhandardara, Ahmednagar (Maharashtra)
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We’re headed to Bhandardara, a picturesque village nestled in the heart of the Kalsubai-Harishchandragadh Wildlife Reserve. Every year, just before the downpour of the monsoon arrives, these forests come alive in a truly magical phenomenon—millions and millions of fireflies come out of the trees looking for their mates. Imagine the whole forest filled with countless tiny fairy lights; it really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Our campsite is situated on the bank of the lake overlooking the magnificent Lake Arthur.
Come join us, and let us take you to ‘Where The Light Is’!
-AC transport to and fro (Ex-Bombay)
-Sunset swim in the lake
-Camping in comfortable tents
-Fireflies spotting walk at midnight
-Boat rides on Arthur lake
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 – 35 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.
Pillows, foam mats, and blankets
Evening Snacks, Dinner, Breakfast
(Veg & Non Veg village styled meals)
Once you meet the Vagabond EMs (Experience Managers) at the pickup point of your choice, we take our privately booked AC bus to Bhandardara in rural Maharashtra. On reaching Arthur Lake, we take the boat across and reach our campsite. We check into our tents and settle in. After some high tea and icebreakers, we can head down to the lake for a quick sunset swim.
An early dinner of the local cuisine will be served, after which we spend some time around the campfire. A few songs and games later, we head out to the deep dark forest with a guide to experience nature's wondrous phenomenon- FIREFLIES! Don't forget your DSLR cameras if you're a photography enthusiast. But be warned, no photo or video will ever do justice to how beautiful this sight is with your own eyes! After spending some time staring at this sight in awe, we return back to our campsite
We will, of course, get back to the campfire, accompanied by guitars, singing & campfire games if the weather permits.
Feel free to stay up the night and gaze into the galaxy, if you wish.
Wake up for breakfast by 8:00 am. Go for a dip in the lake and click those last few photographs.
We head back to Bombay in our bus and return home with yet another experience ticked off our bucket list!
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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 :)
-Transport in an AC bus (Ex-Bombay)
-High tea, dinner, and breakfast
-Boat rides across Lake Arthur to our campsite and back
-Camping and sleeping arrangements
-Mineral water at the campsite
-Group icebreaker game
-Fireflies spotting walk
-Access to life jackets for swimming in the lake
-Extension boards for charging
-Clean and separate washrooms for men and women
-Basic medical and first-aid kit assistance
-All permits, tolls, and parking charges
-Experienced local guide
-Assistance by Vagabond EMs
-Lunch during the bus journey (to and fro)
-Any personal expense
THINGS TO CARRY
-Extra pair of clothes
-Water for the bus journey
-Warm clothes (it gets chilly and windy after sundown)
-Closed footwear & long pants (for the fireflies sighting walk)
-Optional: Camera, musical instruments, playing cards etc
Chakala Metro Station
Hiranandani Powai bus stop
HOW TO REACH
10:00am: Chakala Metro Station
10:30am: Hiranandani Powai bus stop
(Exact map locations will be shared on a WhatsApp group a few days before the camp)
Policy and Terms
-Cancellations made 7 days or more prior to the date of departure, Rs.1,500 will be deducted.
-Cancellations made 6-4 days prior to the date of departure, Rs.2,000 will be deducted.
-Cancellations made 48 hrs to the date of departure will receive 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. unfavorable weather)
-By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond Terms & Conditions mentioned in the footer.
Q: Where are we staying?
A: We're living in tents by Lake Arthur at a private campsite. Camping will be on a double-sharing basis. A foam mat, pillow, and bedsheets will be provided.
Q: How are we travelling to this campsite?
A: We will be traveling from Bombay to Bhandardhara and back in a privately booked AC-seater bus. During both journeys, the bus will make lunch stops en route. We will make a Whatsapp group to coordinate pickups points and timings.
Q: What will be the food provided at the campsite?
A: Evening high tea will include the likes of Pakoda, tea, and coffee. Dinner is usually Rice, dal, bhaji, chicken gravy, chapati, papad, and pickle. And breakfast would have Tea, coffee, poha/upma/boiled eggs
Q: How likely are we to see fireflies?
A: Due to this being a natural phenomenon, we can't guarantee how good the sightings will be. However, this is the best time for firefly sighting and this is one of the best areas to witness this phenomenon. To make this experience better, our campsite is cut off from the mainland crowd. This means less light pollution and less crowd/noise.