Tree illuminated with Fireflies, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra

Fireflies Show – Light up the forest!

Monsoon has started to set-in in the southern part of India and it is one of the best seasons for the nature-lovers, trek-enthusiasts and road trippers. The pre-monsoon showers, sky, clouds are dramatic and extremely photogenic. Today’s post is about the magic of nature, the show of lights, the game of mating, the biological marvels. I am talking about the luminescent wonders – The Fireflies.

Night in the forest, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
Night in the forest, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra

Did you know? Fireflies have dedicated light organs under the abdomen.

Firefly insect, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
Firefly insect, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
Firefly illuminating, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
Firefly illuminating, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra

This post is the combined experience of our three time visits, first in 2013, to experience the natural wonders. Pitch dark and a small light hovering around us near our houseboat during the Kerala trip. So fascinating. I was amazed as in how can something like this exist? and that was my first visual memory of Fireflies.

Did you know? Some fireflies species blink on and off in sync!  

Pre-monsoon or post first showers of monsoon you can experience these little critters spreading light of love in the dark nights of the forests. You can see them in any dense forest but it can be risky sometimes.

Where to see::
There are several popular destinations as well where you can see the fireflies….

  • Purushwadi
  • Bhandardara
  • Prabalmachi
  • Rajmachi
  • Bhorgiri

All these destinations are well connected from Mumbai, Pune, Nashik.

When to go:: After the first few showers of Monsoon i.e first couple of weeks in June.
 
Some of these destinations have camping options as well. If you are well equipped and in group with professional guides, watching the fireflies on a starry night is a lifetime experience. But it is the game of fortune. Sometimes you are lucky enough and sometimes there is next time!

Did you know? Fireflies are beetles and put on the light show to seduce prospective mates.

After I saw the first firefly in Kerala in 2007; in 2013, I read in a newspaper about a place called Bhorgiri where fireflies can be seen. Memories recalled and we immediately planned a spontaneous trip without much research and honestly no one knew about this place. One reason to zero down on Bhorgiri was its proximity from Pune.  With no deep knowledge and prior experience of ‘fireflies watching’, we still planned it anyway.

Bhorgiri is around 97 kms from Pune but it takes around 3 hours because of the bad road condition.

One Saturday, marked Bhorgiri on maps and accordingly, we started at around 3 pm. It was slightly drizzling and the best time to drive. We carried water and some snacks in anticipation to have dinner at some restaurant when we would reach at 6 pm. It was long, tiring but a fun drive. Because of the peak traffic hours, photographs on the way, we took longer to reach.

At around 7, we reached the village and to our surprise there was no one with whom we could ask for any information! We were clueless as in where to go ahead, where we can see the fireflies. We could see some of the rustic houses with only a couple of lights on.

Evening, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
Evening, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
Cat, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
Cat, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra

We were starving as on the way we could not find any food joint. Hesitatingly, we reached out to a house and asked if they could serve anything. First they politely refused but then agreed and asked for half an hour to ready the food. Until then we had a little conversation about the fireflies habitat, location and timing. We also strolled around the house and we could see a few fireflies in the bushes. What a view!

Bhorgiri Trek, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
Bhorgiri Trek, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra

Our food was ready and blessed to have the basic village food – Pithala-Bhakri and Rice. Nothing can beat the satisfaction of eating such delicious rural food! We paid for the food and asked them for the directions to the trek. We could see another family come, park and go into the forest. Initially, we were hesitating but “there was nothing to worry about but do not go deep into the forest”, said the locals.

We sauntered in the pitch dark jungle with our flashlights on. Some of the bushes started getting lit. It was 8 PM and slowly and gradually we could see the lights twinkle on one tree then another and then the whole forest got lit. I could not believe my eyes! It was like a magic show, just out of the fairy world. We stood in the middle and all the trees around us were twinkling. It felt like we were sitting under the star-studded sky. I could feel the universe. Can’t forget that experience ever!

The fireflies show gets intense as the night sets in. As usual we didn’t want to leave but had to so at around 10 PM we trudged back to our car. I looked back and snapped the landscape in my eyes for a lifetime. This was my experience from the first visit but in the other two visits, the show was not as intense then because of the weather conditions. We managed to click some skyscapes though.

Here are a few things which you need to carry if you are planning a trip to Bhorgiri….

  • Food and Water. Refrain from plastic use.
  • Flashlight.
  • Extra pair of clothes.
  • Camera and extra batteries.
  • Tripod
  • Toiletries.
  • Mosquito repellent cream
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Energy drinks

Always try to stay in the groups. Connect with some locals for a better experience.

Tree illuminated with Fireflies, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
Tree illuminated with Fireflies, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
Night in the forest, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra
Night in the forest, Bhorgiri, Pune, Maharashtra

I hope you liked this monsoon getaway experience. Please stay connected and I love to read from you people. It brings a smile on my face!

31 thoughts on “Fireflies Show – Light up the forest!

    1. Thank you so much dear R for your kind words. I am glad you liked reading my experience. Yes, traveling and being in the lap of nature is the best thing! πŸ˜ŠπŸ€— Hope you are having a great day!

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  1. Nanchi, this is so amazing and these photos are absolutely stunning. Nature really does give us glimpses of magic, doesn’t it? And who doesn’t love the fireflies? I remember getting so excited as a child when we would spot the first ones of the season. We would then catch them and put them in jars so we could see them light up in one single location. We always released them before the night’s end though. I haven’t seen a firefly in years though now and I wonder why. Thanks for sharing this inspiring post and linking up with me.

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    1. Thank you so much Harsh. Yes, it was a lifetime experience to witness the fireflies in the natural habitat. We had a great time. You must see them in person. It’s a great experience.πŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ

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  2. I’ve seen fireflies here before but never in such large numbers. Sounds like a wonderful experience and you’ve shared some lovely photos. Thanks for giving me yet another idea for a future trip!

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  3. What a fabulous experience with awesome photos to boot!
    We used to catch fireflies when I was a kid outside of Chicago, but I’m not sure when was the last time I saw one!

    It’s awesome to see you at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week! Thanks for linking up.

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  4. How I wish to experience this glow worm lit forest.

    The firefly and I go back to childhood days. We used catch them and see them light up our closed cupped hands. Somewhere I (we) lost these glowing friends……. They are now probably restricted to rural regions

    This is indeed a lovely post and with pretty captures and yes …… thanks for the tips πŸ™‚

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    1. Wow, Monika those were the days when you used to find them around but with the growing urbanization they are difficult to locate and limited to vilage areas especially dense forest. I am so glad you liked it. Thank you dear. πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ

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    1. Thank you so much Peter. The fireflies shows are usually visible late evening. I am glad you like the night shots and especially the Milky Way one. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ

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  5. First of all I sincerely apologize for being late to visit your blog. Thought about you while watching a film and I immediately rushed to your site. I hope you aren’t angry for the delayed visit.
    Now coming to fireflies. The Biochemistry involved is quite complex over here because the oxygen reacts with the bio-luminescent chemical inside the firefly’s abdomen to produce a photon of light. Action of oxygen to produce “light” can be visualized to result from “burning” or “combustion” process, but here it clearly isn’t. Of course, Quantum Physics can explain this, but I believe a more classical and easier explanation would be present, which wouldn’t relate to combustion..
    Seeing so many fireflies in a small area and behaving more or less synchronously is quite a rare sight to see. It’s unbelievable, but, as they say, Truth is stranger than Fiction. You are amazing, Madam, that you were able to capture so many fireflies at once and bring out the stellar display of lights. Your photography is amazing as usual..!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I saw fireflies, but never so many of them in one place..
    And the cat steals the show.. Sorry, but I have a soft corner for cats.. ❀ ❀
    Loved your post, as usual..!! Thank you for sharing.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    1. Arey…no need to be sorry. I can totally understand we all are busy with our lives. Now, I am curious which movie reminded you of visiting my site. Haha. 😜

      Thank you for the additional inputs on the fireflies. I would leave the process of their illumination to the magic of nature. I just wonder how beautiful the nature is.😊😊

      I was fortunate to witness so many fireflies at one place. It was truly magical. I too like cats and that’s totally fine you have soft corner for them. They are adorable. 😊

      I am glad you liked the post. Thank you so much for being there. 😊

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      1. Well, I was seeing “Lakshya” movie.. The Mountains somehow connected to your post on Sikkim (I know the movie doesn’t feature Sikkim), and hence, I thought I should go and see what new content you posted on your blog.. 😊😊
        It’s a relief to know that you aren’t angry.. 😊😊 Thank you so much Madam for understanding.. 😊😊
        As you rightly said, cats are damn adorable. And I find them faithful too, quite contrary to the negative notion on the media.. 😊😊 I love cats, it’s hard not to love them.. 😊😊
        Nature indeed contains so many mysteries.. There is mystery both in the microscopic as well as the macroscopic world. The answers or science behind them is no doubt wonderful, but as you rightly said, it’s a mesmerizing experience to observe the wonders of nature and be amazed over and over again.. 😊😊
        Thank you so much Madam for sharing.. 😊😊

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