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    Purushwadi fireflies trail

    Who wouldn’t want to dive into the myriad of colors dissipated by the sparkling fireflies? Come June, head to Purushwadi Fireflies Festival where you get to celebrate the beautiful and vibrant colors of nature amidst glowing fireflies.

    In June, millions of fireflies come out in the open and create a fascinating spectacle for the onlookers. Fireflies are actually not flies but beetles with glowing abdomens. Over 2000 species of fireflies can be spotted in the woods of Purushwadi. The wonderful creatures dissipate light to attract the opposite sex. Male fireflies send signals in the form of distinct patterns of flashing light and females respond to them in their own way of signaling. The exchange of light creates a spellbinding phenomenon for the onlookers. The flies live long enough to mate and lay eggs and eventually they die.

    Purushwadi Fireflies Festival – All you need to know

    Fireflies lighting up the forest area at night

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    Purushwadi is perfect for a weekend getaway from Pune and Mumbai, offering a serene and quiet retreat. It is also ideal for camping in the woods, by the lakeside or plan a stay in a homestay in the village.


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    i) Purushwadi Fireflies Festival Dates & Venue

    Dates: 3 June – 2 July 2017

    Best time to attend: The first two weeks of June are ideal

    Venue: Purushwadi

    ii) How to reach Purushwadi, a village just 4 hours away from Mumbai

    Aerial view of Purushwadi village in Maharashtra

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    Purushwadi is a tribal village in Akole Taluka, Ahmednagar District in Maharashtra, which can be easily reached by road. Over the past few years, it has been maintained and promoted by Grassroutes – an organization bridging the urban and the rural culture in the village.

    You can reach Purushwadi by rail and road. Igatpuri, well connected with Mumbai, is the nearest railhead to Purushwadi Village at a distance of 70 km. One can also reach Purushwadi from places like Nashik, Pune, and Shirdi. They all are well connected with major cities across India by airways and railways.

    Distance from Mumbai to Purushwadi: 190 km
    Distance from Pune to Purushwadi:
    164 km

    iii) Tariff & Contact Details

    Canvas tent charges: INR 4500 per night onwards. For complete tariff details, see here.

    To attend: Email at info@grassroutes.co.in or call at 91-8879477437

    iv) Fireflies Festival Schedule

    Fireflies in the jungle at night

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    DAY 1

    12:00 pm – Traditional welcome followed by tent allocation. Take some time to freshen up before lunch.
    01:00 pm – Organic vegetarian in villager’s homes
    04:30 pm – Tea & snacks
    05:00 pm – Walk around the village followed by games & activities
    07:30 pm – Traditional dinner
    08:30 pm – Witness the fireflies as you walk around the village

    DAY 2

    6 am – Bed tea and sunrise trek
    8 am – Breakfast
    10 am – Fun activities like plucking mangoes, swimming in the river, sowing rice
    1 pm – Lunch
    2 pm – Tea & snacks

    v) Things to keep in mind

    • Expect sluggish conditions at places around because you would be visiting it soon after the rainfall (most probably!). Mind your surroundings.
    • Don’t flash a torch at a tree full of fireflies. They go mad upon seeing the light.
    • The worms are not warm, they emit light because of the phenomenon called bioluminescence. So when they sit on you, allow them to walk. Don’t get scared.

    Other attractions in Purushwadi

    1. See and click the best of nature

    2. Enjoy beautiful stay amid the clouds

    Camp stays in Purushwadi village

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    3. Indulge in various village activities

    Various experiences and activities one can enjoy in Purushwadi

    4. Relish traditional Marathi food

    A local village woman cooking traditional food for tourists in Purushwadi

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    5. Mingle with the happy locals of Purushwadi

    Tourists mingling with the locals of Purushwadi

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    Still got questions? Go through the FAQs about the Fireflies Festival 2017 and prepare yourself to see the dance of fireflies. Be there and stand testimony to one of the beautiful spectacles unfolding in Purushwadi.


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