Overview

About Fireflies : There are about 2,000 firefly species. These insects often live in humid regions of Asia. Fireflies also known as "Kajwa" are indeed fascinating creatures known for their bioluminescent displays. They use their light to “talk” to other fireflies and find a mate. They have special organs under their abdomens that take in oxygen. Inside special cells, they combine the oxygen with a substance called luciferin to make light with almost no heat. They use this light, called bioluminescence, to light up the ends of their abdomen. There are indeed thousands of species worldwide, each with its own unique flashing pattern used primarily for mating purposes. In India, particularly in May and June, these enchanting insects light up the night skies, engaging in their brief but vital reproductive cycle. There average life span is about 1-2 months only. 

Important : Please note that too much night time light can be harmful to wildlife, affecting their migration patterns and hunting abilities. For fireflies, light pollution interferes with their attempts to signal each other. So we need to explore and witness such gems of Nature with utmost care and precautions.

Kajwa Mahotsav can be witnessed at multiple locations in our Magical Sahyadri. Below are some must visit locations to experience this magical phenomenon ;

1. Bhandardara Fireflies Festival

2. Rajmachi Fireflies Festival

3. Bhimashankar Fireflies Festival

4. Sandhan Valley Fireflies Festival

5. Aadrai Fireflies Festival

Bhimashankar is one of the Jyotirlinga from the 12 main Jyotirlingas in India. It is a fascinating and scenic trekking route, particularly for nature enthusiasts and photographers. One can see the state animal of Maharashtra the Giant Squirrel, in local language known as “Shekru.” The presence of the Giant Squirrel and the opportunity to experience trekking through the dense jungle and the Gupta Bhimashankar Temple makes it an adventurous and memorable journey. It is suitable for beginners as well, providing a chance for people with varying levels of trekking experience to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. 

Disclaimer: Sighting of fireflies is a natural phenomenon and is completely based on the rains, so if it rains heavily we may see less or no fireflies.

 

1 Night 1 Day Available on request Pune, Maharashtra
Highlights
  • Bhimashankar Temple
  • Dark Forest Trek
  • Stunning natural landscape
  • Misty weather
  • Camping admist dense Forest 
  • Surreal morning view from the campsite 
  • Visit Gupt BhimaShankar
  • Panaromic view of Sahyadri Ranges

About Trek

  • Trek Location: Bhorgiri, Maharashtra
  • Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Trek Distance: 4 km trail
  • Trek Altitude: 2160 feet
  • Trek Type: Jungle Trek
  • Trek Duration: 2-3 hours 
  • Trek Endurance: Medium/ Average
Itinerary
  • 07:00 PM : The journey will start from JM Road, near JM food Corner. Folowed by further Pickup Points, Wakad (8pm) Nashik Phata (8.30pm) Bhosari, Chakan.

  • 11:00 PM : Reach Bhorgiri, the base Village of Bhimashankar.

  • 11:30 PM : Embark on a 20-minute hike and setup the tents.

  • Later, join the locals for a captivating firefly walk under the night sky.

  • Enjoy the memorable time with your Friends and then go to sleep.

  • 6:00 AM : Early Morning wake up call. Freshen up.
  • 6.30 AM : Post Breakfast, Start our Journey towards Bhimashakar Temple.
  • 10:00 AM : Reach Bhimashankar, one of the jyotirlinga from 12 Jyotirlingas.
  • 12:00 PM : Have delicious Maharashtrian Lunch.
  • 1:30-2:00 PM : Start return Journey towards Pune.
  • 6:00 PM : Back to Pune with lots of wonderful memories and new Friends.
Packages
  • Pune to Pune :- 1,399/- 
  • Mumbai to Mumbai :- 1,499/-
  • Base to Base :- 1199/-
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Pune to Pune Travel by Non-AC bus
  • Tent Stay (3/4 sharing basis)
  • Breakfast and Tea
  • Lunch (Unlimited)
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Trek lead Expertise
  • Forest entry charges 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the Inclusion Section.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • All kinds of extra Meals/Snacks ordered.
  • Any Medical/Emergency evacuations if required.
  • Mineral water/lime water/any drink purchased for personal consumption.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather etc
Things To Carry

ESSENTIALS : ID Proof, Water Bottle, Power Backup, Wallet, Backpack. 

CLOTHING : Full sleeve shirt/top & full pants for Trek, Extra pair of Clothes as per need, Raincoat /Jacket / Sweater, Trekking shoes, Quick Dry Towel, Cap.

ADDITIONALS : Energy Drinks/Supplements, Dry Snacks, Facewash, Sunscreen, Brush & Toothpaste, Sunglasses, Hankerchief, Gloves, Camera, Torch, Personal medicines if any, etc.

How To Book
  • Step 1: Scroll down & tap on "BOOK NOW"
  • Step 2 : Select your departure date from the calendar and proceed.
  • Step 3 : Select your ticket type & no. of participants. (At this step you can use the coupon code if you have any)
  • Step 4 : Fill your details and proceed.
  • Step 5 : Tap on review & Payment to select your payment type (UPI, Debit Card, Credit Card, Net Banking) and proceed.
  • Step 6 : Once your tickets are booked, you will receive confirmation mail. WhatsApp us the booking ID details on  8799856476 & fill the google registration form.  

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  • Step 1 : Make Payment on PhonePay/Google Pay   8799856476 (Maharashtra Gadkille)
  • Step 2 : Send a screenshot of the payment on WhatsApp number  8799856476 for confirmation.
  • Step 3 : Fill the registration form for the final booking procedure.
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Pickup Points
  • 08:00 PM : Ch. Shivaji Nagar in Front of Bank of Maharashtra 
  • 08:30 PM : Nashik Phata 
  • 08:45 PM : Bhosari
  • 09:00 PM :  Chakan
Terms and Condition
  • Please confirm on call about the seats availability before paying.
  • Please note that your registration will be confirmed only after the acceptance of complete trek/tour charges.
  • Please check cancellation policy in case any refunds or cancellations. 
  • First two seats will always be reserved for leaders to lead & show route to the driver. 
  • Seats arrangement will be on first come first serve basis at the time of pickup and it will be same throughout journey. (Any disputes regarding seating arrangement would result in dismissal of both the parties and would not be liable for any refunds.) 
  • Please make sure you are added in the whatsapp group 6-8 hours prior to the trip as all the pickup details.
  • Food and Stay arrangements are done as per the availability & locations so kindly don't expect too luxurious. 
  • Backpacking trips are arranged for the people who looking out for pocket friendly trips and are more about chasing experiences.
  • Consider the buffer time of 1-2 hours in schedule due to traffic or any unforseen circumstances.
  • We need at least 12-14 Travellers to Manage our Trip, so our team reserves all the rights to cancel the Trip if the minimum batch size is not enough.
  • Once the payment is completed, inform our team via sharing a screenshot/copy of the payment confirmation. Make sure the date, time, and UTR number are visible in the copy and please fill the registration form to confirm the names & age with the team.
  • Your payment implies that you have read & complied with all our terms and conditions. 
FAQs
  • Are washrooms available on the trek?

Washrooms are available at the base village only. No facility is available during the trek.  

  • Is this trek safe for girls?

This trek is completely safe for girls And have separate changing rooms.

  • What about extra baggage?

You can safely keep your extra bags in bus

  • Are changing rooms available?

Changing rooms and washrooms are available at the base village

  • What are the pickup points?

Pick up is available if your location comes in between our route for this you have to contact us before.

  • What is the type of bus?

The bus is NON/AC Tempo Traveler with decent seating comfort.

  • How far is Bhorgiri from Pune?

Vasota Fort is located approximately 109 kilometers southwest of Pune. The journey from Pune to the base village takes around 4-5 hours by road.

  • What is the typical duration to finish the Bhimashankar to Bhorgiri trek?

The duration of the trek varies based on the chosen route and the fitness level of the trekker. Generally, completing the Ganesh Ghat route takes approximately 5-6 hours, whereas the Shidi Ghat route typically takes around 4-5 hours to finish.

  • What is the optimal period for undertaking the Bhimashankar to Bhorgiri trek?

The most favorable time for the trek is during the monsoon season (June to September), as the surroundings are adorned with vibrant greenery and picturesque waterfalls. However, the trek is also enjoyable during the winter season (October to February) when the weather is pleasant and visibility is clear.

  • How challenging is the Bhimashankar to Bhorgiri trek?

The trek presents challenges such as steep ascents and rugged terrain, particularly along the Ganesh Ghat route. Despite these difficulties, it is considered a moderate trek, ideal for both seasoned trekkers and beginners with some prior experience.

  • What is the elevation of the bhorgiri to bhimashankar trek?

The elevation of the Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar trek varies along the trail. Bhorgiri, the starting point of the trek, is situated at an elevation of approximately 800 meters (2625 feet) above sea level. Bhimashankar, the endpoint of the trek and home to the famous Bhimashankar Temple, stands at an elevation of around 1,329 meters (4,360 feet) above sea level. 

During the trek, trekkers ascend and descend through hilly terrain, which may reach higher elevations along certain stretches of the trail. Overall, the trek involves significant elevation gain and loss as it traverses the undulating landscape of the Sahyadri mountain range in Maharashtra, India.

  • Will we return at the exact time mentioned in the itinerary for Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar?

The itinerary serves as a reference only. The timing for our return is based on the average time taken during our previous events. The actual timeline for a particular date depends on weather conditions, traffic conditions, participants' speed, and endurance.

  • What makes Bhimashankar Trek special?

The trek leads to Bhimashankar Temple, one of the twelve sacred Jyotirlingas, set amidst the dense forests of the Sahyadri mountains, offering stunning natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Expert trek leaders of Mischief Treks make this trek experience safe and memorable.

  • How challenging is Bhimashankar Trek?

Classified as moderate, the trek is accessible to trekkers with basic fitness levels, though it involves navigating through rugged terrain and steep sections. The difficulty level of Bhimashankar trek is "Moderate Grade" and is suitable for physically fit beginners.

  • When is the Best-Time to go for Bhimashankar Trek?

The most favorable time is from July to February. During the monsoon season, you get to view waterfalls and water streams on your path to Bhimashankar Temple.

  • What is the duration of Bhimashankar Trek?

Typically, it takes about 4 to 6 hours to ascend from the base village Khandas to Bhimashankar Temple. Descending back to the base village takes approximately 3 to 4 hours.

  • What wildlife might I encounter on the trek?

The sanctuary is home to diverse fauna, including the Indian Giant Squirrel, various bird species, and occasionally, leopards, amidst rich flora.

  • Distance of Bhimashankar from Mumbai?

Bhimashankar is about 220 kilometers away from Mumbai, making it an accessible weekend destination for trekkers and pilgrims alike.

  • Safety precautions for Bhimashankar Trek?

Ensure good physical preparation, wear appropriate footwear, stay hydrated, and adhere to marked trails and local guidelines for a safe trekking experience.

  • Mobile connectivity on the Bhimashankar Trek route?

Mobile network connectivity is intermittent and weak in many areas along the trek, allowing for a disconnected, immersive nature experience. Jio network works best throughout compared to other networks.

  • What other attractions are near Bhimashankar?

Explore nearby attractions like Hanuman Lake, the hidden waterfall at Gupt Bhimashankar, and Nagfani Point for panoramic views.

  • Essentials for Bhimashankar Trek: what should I bring?

Adequate water and high-energy snacks, trekking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and a basic first-aid kit are essential. Refer to the "Things to carry" section on the website for a detailed list.

  • Can kids participate in Bhimashankar Trek?

Age does not matter, Fitness and adaptation are extremely important. Check our blog for more information.

  • Will we return at the exact time mentioned in the itinerary for Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar trek?

The itinerary serves as a reference only. The timing for our return is based on the average time taken during our previous events. The actual timeline for a particular date depends on weather conditions, traffic conditions, participants' speed, and endurance.

About Bhimashankar Temple :

The Bhimashankar Temple is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in the Sahyadri range of Maharashtra, India. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, sacred abodes of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated in the village of Bhorgiri, near the town of Bhimashankar. Devotees from all over the country visit this temple, especially during the holy month of Shravan, to seek blessings and offer prayers to Lord Shiva.

Legend has it that Bhimashankar Temple holds great significance as it is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva defeated the demon Tripurasura. The temple's architecture is a fine example of ancient Indian craftsmanship, featuring intricate carvings and sculptures.

The temple is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a serene ambiance, making it a popular destination not only for religious pilgrims but also for nature enthusiasts and trekkers. The trekking trail from Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar Temple provides breathtaking views of the Western Ghats and is a memorable experience for adventure seekers.

About the Experience:

  • Experience the excitement of trekking right within Mumbai's and Pune confines.
  • Marvel at the lush greenery of the Sahyadris and the wonders of nature.
  • Begin your trek through the quaint village of Bhorgiri, where you can immerse yourself in its charm.
  • Traverse across various water streams, each offering its own unique challenge.
  • Enjoy panoramic vistas of the surrounding valley.
  • Navigate through misty and exhilarating trails amidst dense forests.
  • Discover an ancient trade route that guides you to the renowned Bhimashankar temple.
  • Experience the mesmerizing allure of cascading waterfalls lining the trekking path.
  • Take in the breathtaking vistas of the Sahyadri Mountains and the surrounding scenery.
  • Keep a lookout for the rich variety of wildlife dwelling in the vicinity, including vibrant bird species and playful monkeys.
  • Marvel at the tranquil morning scenes from elevated vantage points.
  • Explore the revered sites including the Lord Shiva Temple, Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Sakshi Vinayak, and the Origin of River Bhima.

Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar Trek Blog

Embark on an Adventurous Journey: Bhorgiri To Bhimashankar Trek from Pune and Mumbai

Are you seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Do you crave adventure amidst nature's embrace? Look no further than the Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar trek, a thrilling expedition right at the doorstep of Pune and Mumbai. Join us on a virtual journey through this captivating trail, where every step unveils a new facet of nature's beauty and history's secrets.

Nestled in the Sahyadri mountain range, the Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar trek offers a perfect blend of scenic vistas, challenging terrain, and cultural immersion. Located within easy reach from both Pune and Mumbai, this trek serves as an ideal weekend getaway for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.

Commencing from the quaint village of Bhorgiri, situated approximately 100 kilometers from Pune and 160 kilometers from Mumbai, the trek sets off on a promising note. The village exudes rustic charm, with its traditional houses, lush green fields, and warm hospitality of the locals. Here, trekkers can take a moment to soak in the serene ambiance before embarking on their journey.

As the trek unfolds, adventurers are treated to a medley of natural wonders and historical landmarks. The trail meanders through dense forests, adorned with towering trees and vibrant flora, providing a refreshing escape from urban life. Along the way, trekkers encounter numerous water streams, where they can cool off and rejuvenate amidst nature's bounty.

One of the highlights of the trek is the panoramic view of the surrounding valley, which offers a mesmerizing sight, especially during sunrise and sunset. Additionally, trekkers have the opportunity to explore ancient trade routes that once connected remote villages to the renowned Bhimashankar temple, a sacred pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Shiva.

While the trek promises an enriching experience, it also presents its fair share of challenges. The steep ascents, rocky terrain, and misty trails demand physical endurance and mental resilience from trekkers. However, overcoming these obstacles only adds to the sense of accomplishment and strengthens the bond among fellow adventurers.

The ideal time to embark on the Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar trek is during the monsoon season (June to September) when the region is adorned with lush greenery and cascading waterfalls. However, the trek can also be undertaken during the winter season (October to February) for pleasant weather and clear visibility.

Bhorgiri to Bhimashankar trek offers a perfect blend of adventure, nature, and culture, making it a must-visit destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned trekker or a beginner craving for new experiences, this trail promises to leave you spellbound with its beauty and mystique. So pack your bags, gather your friends, and embark on an unforgettable journey that will etch memories for a lifetime!

Experience the excitement of trekking right within Mumbai's confines. Marvel at the lush greenery of the Sahyadris and the wonders of nature. Begin your trek through the quaint village of Bhorgiri, where you can immerse yourself in its charm. Traverse across various water streams, each offering its own unique challenge. Enjoy panoramic vistas of the surrounding valley. Navigate through misty and exhilarating trails amidst dense forests. Discover an ancient trade route that guides you to the renowned Bhimashankar temple.