Rajmachi Trek – fireflies

Upcoming batches : To be announced
Time : 05:00 pm
Location : Lonavala
Event Cost : Rs. 1250
Name of Fort : Rajmachi
Contact Person : Mumbai Pune Adventures
Contact Number : 9967564888 / 7039576756
Duration : 1 Night 1 Day
Category : Bird Events

Rajmachi fireflies Mumbai Pune Adventures

Event Details

Rajmachi fireflies Mumbai Pune Adventures

Event Grade: Easy

Endurance Level: Easy

Event Type: Tour

Height of fort: 2710ft approx.

Location: Lonavala

Total time required to reach base: 2 hours from Khopoli railway station

Total time required for climbing: 1 hrs of normal climb to fort

Duration: 1 Night and 1 Day

Cost: Rs.1250/-
Rajamchi Fireflies Mumbai Pune Adventures

About Rajmachi Fort

Its Pre-Monsoon !! Waiting eagerly for rains to quench your thirst. Why not enjoy the firework of fireflies while waiting.

Moon and stars have always been there to follow your path and guide you.

Ever seen fireflies do the same. Imagine a dark trail brightened by fireflies flying all around you. Imagine to be in a mysterious forest lighted by fireflies.

What are fireflies and why do they ignite?

Fireflies are a family of insects which glow in the dark. The phenomenon of glowing is called as bioluminescence which occurs due to a chemical reaction inside their bodies. Fireflies use this luminescence to attract mates or prey.

Some interesting facts about fireflies:

  1. Certain species of female fireflies pick mates based on specific male flash pattern characteristics.  Higher male flash rates and increased flash intensity have been found to be more attractive to females among two different fireflies species.
  2. Many fireflies do not illuminate at all. They use pheromones to attract their mates. Using pheromones for sexual signal is an ancestral condition, whereas, using luminous sexual signals are recent phenomenon.
  3. Certain species of fireflies deploy both pheromones and luminous component to identify their mates.
  4. There are varieties of use of luminescence by fireflies apart from attracting mates.  luminescence is also used for attracting prey, making themselves unpalatable to predators, for identifying other members of their species etc.

History of Rajmachi fort

Nestled in Sahyadri mountains, Rajmachi is a scenic hill station near Lonavala in Maharastra. The history of Rajmachi fort dates to 17th century when it was built by Emperor Shivaji. The two twin fortresses Manaranjan Ballekilla and Shriwardhan Ballekilla are major tourist attractions. These forts played an important role during Anglo-Maratha war.  A wide Plateau surrounding the two ballekilla provides a spectacular view to its visitors.

During monsoon, Rajmachi is filled with greenery and waterfalls gushing all around with their mystic sound. This beauty coupled with the fireflies at night is something which should be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

Major Attractions:

  • Fireflies
  • Kalbhairavnath temple
  • A lake side
  • Shreevardhan fort
  • Home stay, local cuisines

Travel Schedule

We’ll be boarding the below train from our nearest local station. Train timings are shared below for convenience.

For Mumbai people – Khopoli Semi Fast

Meeting Point : Khopoli Railway Station at 08:00 pm

05:33 pm CST

05:40 pm Byculla

05:47 pm Dadar

05:54 pm Kurla

05:58 pm Ghatkopar

06:14 pm Thane

06:27 pm Dombivli

06:35 pm Kalyan

06:53 pm Badlapur

07:27 pm Karjat

07:52 pm Khopoli

For Pune people – Meeting Point : Lonavala Railway Station at 07:45 pm

Pune Lonavala Local | Pune to Lonavala | 06:02 pm to 07.27 pm

Indrayani Express | Pune to Lonavala | 06:35 pm to 07.23 pm


08:00 pm Introduction round and brief on rules and regulations to be followed by everyone on the event. After the session start moving towards the base village by private vehicle
10:00 pm Reach Base village, freshen up
10:30 pm have unlimited dinner specially cooked for us
11:30 pm relax and head for a small walk in woods
12:00 pm head back to our place and start with our games, mild music, fun and slowly retire for the day
05:00 am wake-up call to freshen up and gear up for an early morning hike (optional)
06:00 am start our hike after a round of instructions and ground rules
07:00 am Reach top, take some rest and then explore the top
07:30 am Post sunrise and after clicking loads of pics, we will start our descend
08:30 am Reach back to our base village. Freshen-up and have breakfast and tea
10:00 am Leave for Khopoli, Lonavala Railway station
12:00 pm Reach Khopoli, Lonavala railway station
02:00 pm Reach Mumbai, Pune and bid adieu with a promise to meet soon

Event Fee: Rs.1,250/- per person. Payment once done is non-refundable, do check for availability before making a payment.
Group discount of Rs.50/- per person applicable for a group registration of 5 or above 5 persons.
Group discount of Rs.100/- per person applicable for a group registration of 10 or above 10 persons.

Payment Details

You can make payments using any of the following modes

UPI : 9967564888@upi

Tez : 9967564888

Paytm : 9967564888

NEFT : Account Details

Name: Mumbai Pune Adventures

Bank: Central Bank of India

Account: Current Account

A/c No. : 3601915663

IFSC Code: CBIN0284592

Payment terms:



The cost per head includes the following.

  • Light refreshments in the evening
  • Local travel from Khopoli to Khopoli
  • Local travel from Lonavala to Lonavala
  • Unlimited dinner specially cooked for us
  • Unlimited breakfast at village base
  • Tea in the morning
  • Local guidance
  • First aid and first attender assistance in case required
  • MPA administration charges if any
  • Do read our terms and conditions before registration

Cost Excludes

  • All kinds of extra meals / soft drinks ordered.
  • Insurance, tips, porters, bottled mineral water, aerated drinks etc.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like road blocks, bad weather.

Things to carry

  • Some ready to eat food like- plum cakes, fruits, chocolates, biscuits, etc
  • 2 Litres of water must
  • Good trekking shoes
  • Torch (Compulsory)
  • Extra pair of clothes, socks optional
  • Cap, Camera as Optional
  • 1 packet of electrol, enerzal, glucon-D
  • Medications if required for individual
  • Avoid wearing precious ornaments on an event, if possible
  • And a haversack or backpack to put all the above things to be carried, so hands are free to help each other while trekking. Sling bags / jholas / trolley bags etc not allowed on the event. Please pack accordingly.

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Rajmachi fireflies Mumbai Pune Adventures

Upcoming batches : To be announced
Time : 05:00 pm
Location : Lonavala
Event Cost : Rs. 1250
Name of Fort : Rajmachi
Contact Person : Mumbai Pune Adventures
Contact Number : 9967564888 / 7039576756
Duration : 1 Night 1 Day
Category : Bird Events

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