It's 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 being 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 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:
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.
Many fireflies do not illuminate at all. They use pheromones to attract their mates. Using pheromones for the sexual signal is an ancestral condition, whereas, using luminous sexual signals are a recent phenomenon. Certain species of fireflies deploy both pheromones and luminous component to identify their mates.
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 the 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 the 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.
A lake side
Homestay, local cuisines
Well be boarding the below train from our nearest local station. Train timings are shared below for convenience.
Khopoli Railway Station at 08:00 PM
CST - 05:33 PM
Byculla - 05:40 PM
Dadar - 05:47 PM
Kurla - 05:54 PM
Ghatkopar - 05:58 PM
Thane - 06:14 PM
Dombivli - 06:27 PM
Kalyan - 06:35 PM
Badlapur - 06:53 PM
Karjat - 07:27 PM
Khopoli - 07:52 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 the 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
12:00 PM - Reach Khopoli
02:00 PM - Reach Mumbai and bid adieu with a promise to meet soon
Event Fee: Rs.1,550/- per person. Payment once done is non-refundable, do check for availability before making a payment.
Discount : 10% discount on Corporate ID,School ID, College