As we await the upcoming monsoon season first showers we welcome the season of fireflies. Western Ghats jungles will soon twinkle with small light, this period is known as the mating season for fireflies.
Who are these beautiful Fireflies?
Fireflies or lightning bugs make light within their bodies. This process is called bioluminescence and is shared by many other organisms, mostly sea-living or marine organisms. Fireflies light up to attract a mate. To do this, the fireflies contain specialized cells in their abdomen that helps to create light.
About Rajmachi Village
Rajmachi Village has two forts which were built by Shivaji Emperor during 17th century. It is a famous spot for trekking. It is a 16 km trekking distance from Lonavala Station. Rajmachi fort is a strategic fort overlooking Borghat which was a historical trade route. Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures - the Shrivardhan fort and Manoranjan fort.
Difficulty Level: Medium level
Endurance Level: Medium
Height of fort: 2710 ft approx.
Nearest City Lonavala
Rajmachi Fire Flies and Camping - Event Itinerary:
We meet at 17:15 Hrs. (sharp) at Lonavala Railway station on Saturday
From Mumbai you can board: Sinhagad Express 11009 - Mumbai To Pune Junction
17:30 Auto rickshaw ride from Lonavala ST bus depot till Tungarli dam base.
18:00 Tungarli Dam
18:30 Walk/Hike from Tungarli Dam to Rajmachi Village - 4hrs/12 kms
22:00 Reach base village
We watch Fireflies on our way towards Rajmachi Village and around Village
06:30 Wake Up
08:00 Fort exploration
13:30 Leave for Lonavala Railway Station by Tata Sumo