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Fireflies Camping at Bhandardara

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River bed camping in Bhandaradara just by the waterbody is the ultimate night camping experience near Mumbai, Nasik and Pune. The combination of hills, forest, seasonal waterfalls and beautiful weather makes it a hotspot for camping. Trip Hippie regularly arranges river and jungle camping at Bhandardara in the lap of Great Sahyadri range.

Fireflies camping is done only in pre monsoon season i.e. from May to July only. In other months you can check Lakeside camping at Bhandardara near Mumbai

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Bhandardara Fireflies camping highlights

Length: 1 night camping at Bhandardara. Experience Fireflies trek, Bonfire, Boating, Forest lunch, BBQ (Optional), stargazing
Height: Sea Level
Best season: Round the year except Peak Monsoon

About Bhandardara camping 

Island camping at Bhandardara is an unique camping experience which you may had never experienced till now. The camping site is just beside the waterbody. Surrounded by the torquoise pristine water, it will be the best experience of camping you ever had. River camping in Bhandardara is one of the best weekend getaways from Mumbai, Pune & Nasik with a punch of thrill & adventure. Bhandardara is always beautiful with its tranquil serenity and unspoiled nature. But during monsoon and post monsoon period it's natural beauty increases many fold with numerous small & medium seasonal waterfalls and glowing greenery. During monsoon it is difficult to arrange for camping in Bhandardara but post monsoon period is perfect as heavy monsoon is subdue and natural beauty reaches to the peak. 

You will set camp within the hilly forest area and and enjoy the sunset while swift cool breeze will gently touch your body. As the night approaches the weather becomes cooler and very pleasant. We will arrange bonfire for you in the evening and if needed BBQ can also be arranged on prior request. it will surely be a memorable experience for you. And the showstopper, Stargazing in Bhandardara under the open sky, can take to to a different world altogether

If you are camping from Mid May to Mid June, then you are lucky to experience one terrific and beautiful phenomena of the nature. During this season millions of fireflies look out for their mating partners as this is their breeding season and to find right mate they use the signal of light from their body. in the dark night when millions of fireflies blink their scintillating body lights, its a unforgettable phenomena worth watching.

Bhandardara lakeside fireflies camping itinerary

Camp Check in time: 4 PM (Day 1)
Camp Check out time: 4 PM (Day 2)
Please note, from June to September (Monsoon season) due to safety reason many a times camping will not be possible beside the lake. In that case camping will be done away from the lake in covered, protected area in village. This will be decided on spot by the coordinator and no prior notification can be provided for that

Day 01: Arrival at Bhandardara & camping
Arrive at Bhandardara by noon. You can reach Igatpuri or Kasara and then take local transport (state transport bus or shared Auto rickshaw/ Cab) to reach Bhandardara. Igatpuri is preferable as distance from Kasara to campsite is more than Igatpuri. Our representative will be waiting for you at Bhandardara Gaon bus stoppage.
Move on to the camping site which will already be prepared so that you need not do anything. Go for boating at Bhandardara lake. Have lunch and prepare for local sightseeing to Amruteshwar Temple, Kokan kada, Sandhan Valley etc. Please note this will be easier if you have personal car. Guide will be provided to you free of cost. But if you don't have car then we may arrange car at an extra cost which needs to be paid on site. Return to campsite in the evening.
Enjoy the sunset from the campsite or go to an elevated land. After sunset we will organize Bonfire for you. Enjoy the bounty of tiny twinkling stars on the backdrop of deep dark sky while soaking the warmth of Bonfire. Basic dinner will be served thereafter (as per availability). Night stay at camp.

Day 02 : Forest walk and return journey
Wake up in morning, freshen up. Take a stroll around campsite and you may go for a small walk if you wish along the forest trail. Come back to the campsite and have your breakfast. Post breakfast prepare for return journey to Kasara. Once everyone is ready start your return journey with a sweet memory.

Useful Facts:

  • Good, Clean, Permanent Western & Indian washroom facilities are available (not attached to camps as camps are situated just beside the Water body)
  • Ample parking facilities are available for vehicles
  • The place is safe & secure as camp organizers & caretakers are local and they will be available 24*7 
  • It will be best if you bring your own car as from Igatpuri or Kasara to Bhandardara hired transportation is generally costly. Also you will have convenience during sightseeing
  • Clean, well maintained western or Indian permanent washroom facilities will be provided

Bhandardara Fireflies camping Inclusions

  • Night stay at Nature camp 
  • Boating and a short jungle hike
  • Clean Pillow, quilt, comfortable bedding arrangments
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner (non veg and veg), 1 evening snack & 1 breakfast 
  • Bonfire, BBQ (non veg and veg)

Bhandardara Fireflies camping Exclusions

  • Anything not included in inclusion
  • Bottled water, extra food, extra bed etc. and any other cost which is personal in nature
  • Igatpuri/Kasara to Bhandardara gaon campsite transportation
  • Sightseeing charge to Murudeshwar, Kokan kada, Sandhan Valley etc. by hired/arranged car
  • Medical & Travel insurance, Transportation
  • You can also go for Boating. Local boatmen are available who will take you for boating for a minimal charge

Frequently asked questions about Bhandardara Fireflies camping:

Can we do Bhandardara camping in monsoon?

Bhandardara receives a lot of monsoon rains during the monsons from June to September which is the peak season for Maharashtra.This is one of the kind of experience with the monsoons coming and the jungles are in full glory.Bhandardara is a place where you will get the beauty of the Arthur lake and mighty Western Ghats which are the Konkan Kada and then the beautiful yet mysterious Sandhan Valley.This is one of the best experiences and with the rains it will make this all the more beautiful.

How do I reach Bhandardara camping from Pune?

You can reach Bhandardara from Pune by road or by train.The train station will be Nashik or Igatpuri.Igatpuri station will offer cab rides to the Shendi village which is the camping hotspot and is best for the pre monsoons and the winters.Pune is the nearest and you can take cabs from Pune which will take you the camping spots.You can also go for the Sandhan Valley trekking which is around 20 kms from the Bhandardara and is famous for camping,trekking and rappelling.This will be one of the most adventurous and will give you the adrenaline kick.

What about the Bhandardara camping location and how to reach?

Bhandardara is a beautiful place near Mumbai and Pune surrounded by hills and lakes.The place is one of the best places to camp and has been the favorite for the campers from Mumbai and Pune.Arthur lake camping and its distance from Igatpuri which helps the transportation from the major cities like Nashik,Mumbai and Pune.The biggest attraction being the fireflies which is during the pre-monsoon seasons and the trekking to the Maharashtra's highest peak Kalsubai.This is one of the best trekking destinations around Mumbai and can be reached easily with a day break.

How far is Bhandardara camping from Mumbai?

Bhandardara is very near to Mumbai which can reached through roads and trainways which lead to Igatpuri and Karjat.From these places you can take an auto,cab or a bus to reach the villages of Bhandardara.Arthur lake is one of the landmarks of Bhandardara and is famous for the mighty Bhandardara dam and the overlooking Western Ghats which will make you feel the beauty of nature.Bhandardara can be reached through bikes and motorcycle paths are beautiful and passes through the magnificient hills and valleys which makes the journey memorable from Mumbai to Bhandardara.

How can I reach Bhandardara from Igatpuri?

You can reach Igatpuri from Bhandardara by public ST buses and also there jeeps.Igatpuri is around 2 hours by road from Bhandardara and can be reached by many means.Bhandardara offers regular bus services and cab services for the travellers who come by train from Igatpuri.You can also come from Karjat and take public bus or cars for Bhandardara.You can also go for Sandhan Valley via jeeps which ply regularly through the villages and will be a great way to explore the surroundings.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation and Refund:

  • Cancellation prior to 30 days from date of departure: Full Refund
  • Cancellation between 30 days to 20 days prior to date of departure: 50% Refund
  • Cancellation between 20 days prior to date of departure and departure date: No Refund
  • No Show : No Refund


This is a weather based activity. So depending upon weather the activity may be cancelled without any prior notification



Rajendra River side camp

Everything was very good, : Food, Boating, clean water, security (even for girls), hygien!!!


Worth the visit

Worth the visit! You can experience the scenic nature all around you. We are three girls and there was complete safety. This trip couldn't be any better as the hospitality provided my Mr Rajen shinde was perfect.



During the whole trip we were only 3 girls and not once in the whole trip did we feel unsafe.. The caretaker and the guide Mr Rajen Shinde and his family treated us very respectfully and made us feel at home. The food was amazing.. a typical ethnic taste.. We expected the trip to be very hippy but it turned out to be more than that as it was very peaceful and self experiencing... Also even though Igatpuri is more near to bhandardara.. Kasara is a more easier way of transport as there is a direct bus from Kasara station going to Shendi village.. our overall experience is amazing and we plan to visit it again!


Rick experience

We had been to this place on 22nd night. Monsoon just started. Heavy rains in afternoon. Reached site at 4 pm. Hearty welcome by organiser. Very well organised. Good facilities & hospitality made this trip memorable. Experienced night trek watching plenty of fireflies is life time experience.


A sweet memory for my family!

We were there for fireflies camping on 17th June 2017. I had my 6 yr old daughter with me.
It was a wonderful experience, one that we will want to remember and repeat over the coming years.

Now for some details I hope will help others:
+ The tents and locations are very clean and weather is pleasant.
+ The tent location is off road for about 10 mins up/down so its better to carry bags you can pick like backpacks rather than trolleys.
+ The sanitation facilities are on top (a 10 min trek up) so kind of be prepared for that, they are clean but basic.
+ In this weather they have the camps at the lakeside so its real fun with the starlit night and good breeze
but in heavy rains they shift the camp up, the experience I think will not be the same.
+ The fireflies is something you got to experience atleast once if you havent ever, specially for kids it'd be a special memory
+ The lake is cool and good water, so you can take a dip, carry change of clothes appropriately

What I would have liked to be better:
- The barbecue was not sufficient for the no.of people.
- A provision for bathing / changing clothes would be nice.

Other than that throughly enjoyed the weather and hospitality. Thank you!


Review for Bhandardara Fireflies camping festival

Hospitality by Mr. Rajen Shinde and Mr. Nilesh Shinde has been very cordial. Food quality was quite authentic and tasty. The guides/mentors were really helpful and they provided us with all the basic and necessary amenities. We will definitely recommend the triphippies to other people for experiencing this kind of hospitality.


Out of the world experience.

We were a group of 6 people. I must say that it was a totally different experience. All the arrangements done were up to the mark.Food was tasty.And the the hosts were really helpful.The 'Fireflies festival' was a sight to behold.. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Would totally recommend it!
A 5/5 from me for this one.



we had booked our tour for dt. 26-27 may-17, it was one of the most memorable trip of my life. the beauty of nature has no words to express. best for the people who are looking for peaceful holiday near the nature..
the hospitality of Mr. Raju ( tour coordinator) N there family is the best. they help us in everything we were looking for, the food was also good mainly the barbecue i luv the most..



Vry good experience
The service was excellent
No complaints at all
Amazing view
Amazing food
Loved it.


Fireflies Camping at Bhandardara

Hi !
My daughter and my wife wanted to have a short weekend on 11th and 12th June' 2016. My daughter asked me to book the trip through Trip Hippie . After paying advance to trip hippie through net banking, , we left for Bandardhara on 11th June in our own vehicle . There was slight drizzling and atmosphere was cool . Enroute , we took a halt at Shre Datta hotel for snacks and resumed our journey towards Bandardhara.
As soon as we reached Bandardhara dam , I called up the tour manager who sent an escort to take us to the rest house where we could relish the home made maharashtrian food . The tour manager, a young and dynamic local enterpreneur has a very nice and cozy set up for the guests to move in.. He prepares food himself and has a team of 10-15 locals . He also provides a guide to take us to various sites such as Amruteshwar mandir , Sandhan Valley , Konkan Kada and back to rest room .
In the evening we are served tea along with hot Kanda bhajji .
Post dinner , we decided to go and see the "Kajwa mohatsav " ( Festival of Fire Flies ), the star attaraction of our trip . Between 15th may to 30th June , Bhandardhara displays a rare phenomenon of nature - This is the mating and breeding season of fireflies. For the first time in my life , I saw millions of fireflies glittering in the night like tiny minsicule silver stars around the tree . It was the highlight of our trip .
Next day i.e. on 12th , we had our break fast and proceeded to Randhwa fall , where a beautifully created wooden platform bridge is made to see the fall , dam , flowing water and take photos of the picturesque view of age old rocks , flowing water and feel the breeze on our face . After that we had a short halt at the Arthur lake where tent camping is done at night. The tour manager and his team provide you with Indian and imported tents to stay besides the lake , have a bonfire and gaze at the star studded night .
We were totally satisfied and happy with the arrangements made by Trip Hippie .
It was a short and sweet trip and I think we got value for our money .
we would look forward to follow trip hippie for more of such trips in future also. 4 stars for facilities and hospitality .
Thank you Trip Hippie for providing joy to me and my family.

  • 2 out of 2 people found this review useful.

Fireflies festival: an idea of Christmas in India

Wonderful experience to visit the fireflies festival and see the blinking natural lights lighting up the forest. A must recommend for all nature lovers. An experience that cannot be captured with a camera but one that is lived! Camping, tents, and football at the lakeside was a wonderful add on. Bhandhara calls for more such trips


Bhandardara- d undiscovered treasure

Bhandardara, is the perfect destination for a nature loving hippie and a must go for all travelers. I had been to Bhadardara on the 11-12 th of June this year through Trip Hippie. And undoubtedly Trip Hippie made the entire trip and amazing and a safe experience.
This destination is a perfect weekend destination for travelers from Mumbai, Pune, Nasik and Ahamadnagar. You can book your weekend trip with Trip Hippie and they provide you with accommodation, food, sight seeing and camping at jaw dropping prices. You can either opt for a tent stay or a room stay. The tents are good and staying in a camp is safe. Although a little far but there is proper sanitation facility.
The Trip Hippie team is a people friendly and a hardworking group of local youngsters. If you reach the place around noon on a Sat, they serve you with simple, tasty and healthy maharashtrain food. Post lunch you can enjoy sight seeing. You can start by visiting the Amruteahwar temple and then trek down to the amazing Sandhan valley. Towards late evening you can feel the fresh air at kokan kada and click some pics. A tour guide accompanies you while you explore this place and you get to know a lot more from him then what you actually see. You can then get back to ur tents / rooms and enjoy some spicy Kandabhaji with tea.
At around 8 pm you need to set your foot out 1c again to watch the fireflies. The sight of fireflies in Bhandardara is a must watch phenomena, it's that unbeatable creation of nature which will keep you mesmerized.
You can come back and have dinner and enjoy the camp fire and spend the rest of the time chit chatting and dreaming.
The next morning if you are an early riser, you can go for a morning walk and enjoy the forest or you can get up late and check out taking a halt at the randhava falls and then finally starting your journey back.
After doing a good amount of research, I had choosen trip hippie and I must say they made it perfect! The travel guide was provided for free and could make the most in the lill time.
Long live Trip Hippie!



One night camping

Went in the last week of May'16. Unique experience! Very friendly and helpfull guides. Enjoyed sleeping in the tent. There are no security issues, and everything is well taken care of. Would surely visit again in September or October.





Great host, Great experience

Went with family. Stayed for 1 night. Awesome place for camping near Mumbai. Food, Comfortable Tents, Tasty homemade food and mindblowing lakeview are some the things you can expect. Just talk to Tarun and go there on next weekend.


Amazing place!!! And amazing hosts...

One of the most exhilarating experience... The place is very beautiful and the hosts were most welcoming.
Amazing camps, lake view, bonfire, barbequed tasty food and star gazing what else u want :)
We would recommend this as one of the things to do over a weekend.


Experience........Just Amazing

This indeed is an experience!!.
Excellent location - right on the lake, under open sky. A separate tent away from others for privacy yet within sight and hearing distance for safety. Very good personalized service right in front of your tent. Of course, it is not a luxury holiday that you have opted when chose camping....
Only drawback is you need to have "holding capacity" for 15 mins to go to washrooms (walk + bike)...or else find a secluded corner in the open.
And no words to describe the natural beauty......vast lake, tall mountains 270 deg view, amazing sunset and thereafter zillions of stars in dark sky.....
Just go for it.

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Fireflies Camping at Bhandardara

Fireflies Camping at Bhandardara

River bed camping in Bhandaradara just by the waterbody is the ultimate night camping experience near Mumbai, Nasik and Pune. The combination of hills, forest, seasonal waterfalls and beautiful weather makes it a hotspot for camping. Trip Hippie regularly arranges river and jungle camping at Bhandardara in the lap of Great Sahyadri range.

Fireflies camping is done only in pre monsoon season i.e. from May to July only. In other months you can check Lakeside camping at Bhandardara near Mumbai

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