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Event : Rajmachi- A Fireflies Special Event
Region : Lonavla, Karjat
Grade : Easy
Max Altitude : 3600 ft
At a height of 3600 ft above MSL, Rajmachi is situated between Lonavla and Karjat and can be reached from either of these places. Lonavla is the easier route than Karjat. The fortification of Rajmachi consists of twin forts, Srivardhan (the taller one) and Manaranjan. Climb to the 17th Century Srivardhan Fort and get an awe-inspiring glimpse of Lonavla, Duke’s Nose, Ulhas valley, Shirota backwaters and Khandala Ghat.
Fireflies belong to the family of beetles, and not flies as they are commonly mistaken for. These nocturnal winged beetles use bioluminescence, a chemical reaction when oxygen combines with luciferin, which is present in the lower abdomen of the insect to produce light. All fireflies glow as larvae. Bioluminescence serves a different function in the larvae than in adults. It appears to be a warning signal to predators, for, the larvae contains chemicals that are either distasteful or toxic.
The adult male beetles use light to primarily attract their mates. The interested female flashes back from her lower perch and the male flits overhead. What a romantic way of courting! The first few showers of monsoon is the best time to witness the fireflies since this is the time best fit for fireflies to start darting around. Fireflies cannot tolerate heavy raindrops and die. So, make sure you get to witness these lightning bugs with us.
DAY 1 - Saturday
DAY 2 - Sunday
POINTS TO NOTE:
Transport: In case it rains Jeep will drop only till halfway as the road becomes not motorable, the participant will have to walk 3-6 km. Due to overcrowding during this period, jeeps are sometimes unavailable or overbooked, the participant is requested to wait patiently for their jeep. Missing the train is missing Rajmachi Fireflies Trek, no refund will be provided.
Tents Stay : Tents will be allocated on 3/4/5 sharing basis depending on tent size. (In case of rains, an attempt will be made to provide shelter in the forest/mountain region. Tents cannot be pitched in rains or if its windy or the weather for the night is expected to be bad)
The main focus of the event is Fireflies and this is not a Camping focused event. Tents/dormitory stay are just a medium to provide shelter for the night.
If weather goes bad, accommodation will be provided in homestay/ dormitory instead of tents
Washroom : Washroom is available at a walking distance of 10 min.
IMP : Please make sure you are physically fit to complete the event and have gone through the disclaimer and FAQ / Points to note