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