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Rajmachi Ride/Drive - Fireflies


Ride / drive on the long 14 km off - road stretch from Lonavala to Rajmachi, spend the evening by the lake, enjoy piping hot, home-made dinner, trek up to the fort in the moonlight and sleep under the open, starry sky!


Also, the small window in time just before the rains arrive gives us the opportunity to witness a beautiful spectacle of dazzling fireflies. It’s the mating season for these fireflies & as a result thousands of them light up around trees and shrubs making it a rare and beautiful sight.


Join us on this exciting ride/drive on the now dry and muddy thrilling track leading to Rajmachi & also hike through the forest of Rajmachi to try and capture dazzling dance of the fireflies in our mind and camera if possible.


Trip Date: 30th to 31st May 2015


Trip Cost: (Ex Lonavala) Rs.650 / person


Trip Highlights:

  • Test your riding skills on the off-roading track

  • Night Trek to the top of the fort

  • Sleep under the open sky

  • Enjoy local village cuisine


Group Size: 6 Explorers (Min) - 12 Explorers (Max)


To Register get in touch with us by filling in the contact details here or:




or call us at:


Office: 022 – 6500 4100

Rohit Nayak: (+91) – 961 901 7717




Day 1: Saturday, May 30, 2015


  • Meet up @ 14:30 hrs at Vashi Naka (Do not take flyover - Stop after crossing signal/junction near Bus stop)

  • 15 minutes of Pre-Ride Briefing & Instructions

  • Start Ride/Drive for Lonavala via Old Mumbai - Pune Highway

  • Reach Khopoli - 10 Minute Halt @ Khopoli just before the ghats begin & then ride non-stop to Khandala

  • /Washroom Break @ Kamat Hotel (Khandala)


***This will be the meeting point for people joining from Pune or locations other than Mumbai or for those running late.

   ETA : 17:30 hrs


  • Get off the beaten track & ride on mud & gravel to Rajmachi (Udhewadi) & reach before Sundown

  • Head to the lake to see Fireflies

  • Freshen up & relax at Udhewadi till dinner time

  • Early dinner @ 20.00hrs & then proceed for night hike (optional)

  • We will be sleeping in the open under the bright moonlight OR Stay in a simple basic village house (No Electricity/Beds)

  • Rest the Mind, Body, & Soul by calling it a Night @ 23.30hrs


Day 2: Sunday, May 31, 2015


  • Morning wake up would be sounded @ 06.00hrs

  • Depart by 09.00hrs for Lonavala & Onwards to Mumbai/Pune


Cost Inclusions:

  • Breakfast on Day 2

  • Evening snacks & Dinner on Day 1

  • Expertise & Guide Charges


Cost Exclusions:

  • Travel from Mumbai / other locations to Lonavala 

  • Snacks/Meals during travel to & from Rajmachi

  • Any expenses of personal nature like soft drinks, bottled water, etc

  • Parking charges & Entry fees

  • Anything other than mentioned above in cost includes


Important Notes:

  • All rules laid out will need to be adhered to which includes: No Alcohol, No Swimming, & Needless to mention, No Drugs!

  • To ensure that guests can make the most of the Serene & Peaceful location, No Speakers/Music from Phone at Loud volume would be permitted

  • A Guitar/Flute/Or any other musical instrument is however most welcome 

  • Closed Toilet/Bathroom facility is NOT available at the fort but is available at the vilage

  • The lights out time needs to be honored & Guests wanting to sit up late & chat need to move away from the sleeping area


Route Map: Will be shared on registration via email


Information & Tips:

  • Wearing of Full Sleeve T-Shirt along with Jeans & Shoes would be advisable for the ride

  • Riding Gear & Jacket would be advisable as the ride involves off roading for 16kms

  • Access to washroom during the Ride would be restricted to major halts along the way

  • All personal expenses like Bottled Water/Tea/Snacks etc need to be paid on the spot by every individual

  • Stay in Rajmachi will be atop Srivardhan fort (In the Open) OR  at Udhewadi Village (Optional for those averse to staying in the open)

  • Sleeping Time needs to be honored, Those wishing to sleep late can sit up at the Bastion facing Lonavala so as not to disturb those wishing to sleep

  • Carrying of insect repellent would be advisable.

  • Comfortable shoes would be recommended for the entire trip.

  • Carrying of Tool Kit & Spares for the bike would be recommended

  • Sleeping Bag/Mat along with Bed Sheet would be recommended to keep away insects & also as it may get cold & windy at night


Our Belief System:

  • Possession and/or consumption of Alcohol will not be permitted & flouting of this basic rule will lead to immediate expulsion from the group.

  • Smoking will only be permitted after consultation with the Skipper and the person will have to move away from the group to smoke.

  • The Skipper’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.

  • Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.

  • Please do not wear any jewelry or gold chains/rings.

  • Please do not litter or pluck/trample the flowers cos we believe in the saying, “Leave only footprints, Take back only memories”

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