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’!
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 ice breakers, 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!
-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 -Campfire -Group icebreaker games -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 guides -Assistance by Vagabond EMs
-Lunch during the bus journey (to and fro) -Any personal expenses -Travel insurance
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
Pickup points: 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
-In case of cancellations within 7 days of the trip, Rs 1,500 will be deducted.
-In case of cancellations within 4 days of the trip, Rs 2,000 will be deducted.
-Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will receive no refund.
-Camping will be on a double sharing basis
-A foam mat, pillow, and bedsheets will be provided
-High Tea: Pakoda, tea, coffee
-Dinner: Rice, dal, bhaaji, chicken gravy, chapati, papad, pickle
-Breakfast: Tea, coffee, poha/upma/boiled eggs
(If you require Jain food options, please inform us in advance)
-We will be traveling from Bombay to Bhandardhara and back
in AC Volvo buses
-During both journeys, the bus will make lunch stops enroute.