For those who are looking for an offbeat and unique weekend getaway from the humdrum of city life, there is no better opportunity than to indulge in a monsoon trek to Purushwadi Fireflies Festival. To dive into a myriad of colourful experiences on this trek amidst those fluttering and twinkling fireflies is enough to make up your mind to pack your bags!
The eco-tourism village of Purushwadi is located at a distance of 220 km from both Mumbai and Pune. An NGO named Grassroutes, which is involved in promoting eco-friendly tourism in rural areas across Maharashtra, holds the official Fireflies Festival in Purushwadi Maharashtra, which provides an opportunity to celebrate the beautiful colours of nature amidst those glowing and glittering fireflies. This festival is held annually from May to July, during which visitors get to witness the phenomenal glory of this natural festival to celebrate simple living and nature.
Grassroutes has really put in efforts during all these years to educate the urban populace on how people in villages live their lives. The efforts are pretty visible, for instance, the organic vegetarian lunch is prepared by the locals in their homes and is served to festival attendees. A fun touch to all this is the inclusion of village lifestyle activities and games, so that you can have a little fun with the locals and even hear their stories if you’re lucky.
The sugary light of those soft and warm fireflies slicing through the dark atmosphere of the surroundings has never failed to cast a spell of astonishment on onlookers. The Purushwadi Fireflies Festival near Mumbai also allows the trekkers to cast a look at the lifestyle of the indigenous tribes of the beautiful village.
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Day 1: Mumbai to Purushwadi village
Pack your bags with all the requisites you will need on the journey. Reach Kotak Mahindra Bank located near Pritam Hotel at Dadar East. On reaching, you will leave from Dadar by Private AC Bus, where you will have your lunch enroute.
On reaching the destination at around 4pm, experience the raw beauty of the place. You can stroll around and meet the friendly locals. Take your time observing the life in the village, sampling some scrumptious home-cooked food, and enjoying the hospitality of the locals.
At night, participate in the fireflies festival in Purushwadi. Witness the synchronized twinkling of fireflies and absorb the beauty of this spectacular natural phenomenon. You can also try your hand at night-time photography. After having dinner, you can enjoy a walk or indulge in some fun activities. A good night’s sleep will re-energize you for the next day.
Day 2: Purushwadi village to Mumbai
Wake up early in the morning to view the beautiful sunrise. After enjoying your morning cup of tea and breakfast, start packing your bags. Leave the campsite with a bundle of memories of the Purushwadi Fireflies Festival, and head back to Mumbai.
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