Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Travel: Trek to fireflies’ festival in Maharashtra

 Travel: Trek to fireflies’ festival in Maharashtra
Pic courtesy/Trekmates India official page

The beautiful sight of fireflies, fondly called as lighting bugs is a thing to behold forever. The golden hue on a moonlit sky illuminates nature and defines the beauty of the creature. Fireflies are mostly seen before the arrival of monsoon. A clear sky, high altitude, and zero pollution level, are major factors that contribute to an unforgettable fireflies watching experience. Trek to the two beautiful getaways near Mumbai, Prabalgad and Rajmachi and be a part of the firefly festival. 

Fireflies trek to Rajmachi fort details:

Mumbai, which is surrounded by Shayadri Mountains and Western Ghats, is the doorway to several unexplored, serene, and scenic treks. One such trek is Rajmachi Fort trek. The trekking route is located around 17km away from the hill town of Lonavala. There are two trekking routes to Rajmachi. While the tough trekking route starts from Kondivide village near Karjat, the easier one starts from Lonavala.

Things to know

Trek type: hill fort
Cost: Rs.1,300
Grade: Easy- medium
Date: 3rd June- 4th June
Meeting time and point: 01.28 pm at Dadar Central Station on June 3, 2017
Accommodation: At a villager’s House
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, evening snacks, and dinner
Essentials to carry: water bottles, trekking shoes, sleeping bags, warm clothes

Fireflies special trek to Prabalgad Machi

Prabalgad is nestled between Matheran and Panvel on the Mumbai-Pune highway. Prabalgad was known as Muranjan, until it was taken over and renamed by the Marathas during Shivaji’s rule. Prabalgad Fort is the biggest attraction here and forms a prominent part of trekking destinations near Mumbai. Presently, the biggest attraction at Prabalgad fort is twinkling fireflies. Prabalgad Fort commands breathtaking vistas of the adjoining mountains and valleys. With dawn, the calmness and serenity of the place gets heightened and turn leads to a solace encapsulated environment. This is one of the best times to trek to Prabalgad, because it is dotted with fireflies. The night sky of Prabalgad not only twinkle under the moonlight sky, but also under the light of tiny fireflies.

Things to know
Type: Hill Fort
Cost: Rs.900
Grade: Easy
Date: 4th June 2017
Meeting time and point: 06:15 pm at Panvel Railway Station
Meals: Dinner and breakfast
Essentials to carry: Sleeping bed, torch, trekking shoes, warm clothes, water bottles

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