Bhandardara Fireflies Festival: Bhandardara is a beautiful hill station to visit if you are planning for a weekend getaway. It is a village that is situated in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. Located about 185 kilometers from Mumbai and Pune, the hill station has many things to offer.
The major tourist attractions here are Randha falls and Bhandardara Lake. Many people come here for trekking as Bhandardara forms the base point. The best time to visit this place is during monsoon when fog and waterfalls are all around the area. You will get to experience the beauty of waterfalls, greenery, refreshing air and peace.
Apart from waterfalls and greenery not many people are aware that this place is also known for ‘Bhandardara Fireflies Festival and Camping’ (Kajwa Mahotsav).
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After visiting the waterfalls and lakes in the day, the night will show you the most amazing creations of the nature. With the arrival of first monsoon showers, the Bhandardara fireflies radiate fluorescent green light from their body which is a treat for the eyes.
Before the rains their number increases in millions. The number is highest by the 2nd week of June.
When hundreds of Bhandardara fireflies exude light together you will feel to be standing among millions of stars. These fireflies can be seen in the forests settled mostly on trees that are fruit-bearing. The trees such as mango, hirda, behda, java plum and country fig are few on which fireflies reside.
You might be quite excited to witness the nature’s illuminations. However, excitement might kill the buzz. So there are a few things that you should consider before going for the festival. It is possible that you might not get to see the flock of fireflies at once. Have patience, give some time and get accustomed with the ambiance. The Bhandardara fireflies cannot be seen in one go, you need to settle down and observe any fruit-bearing tree for few minutes to be able to figure them out.
Many people often stroll from one spot to another spot observing many trees after which they complain that they were unable to spot the fireflies. It doesn’t work this way. If you want a proper sight then it will take time. It is also suggested that one should turn off the lights of the vehicle as soon as you reach the destination. It is important for the visitor to get used to the darkness. It is recommended not to enter the forest area as it might be unsafe as many animals are active in the deep forest during night.
The mating dance of the Bhandardara fireflies is for a limited period of time. There are a lot of Fireflies Festival & Camping organizers who arrange special trips where you can be the spectator of the mesmerizing phenomenon. The festival has attracted the attention of musicians, artistes and poets, who wish to correlate the phenomenon with their creative work.