Purushwadi is a name synonymous with fireflies festival in Maharashtra.
Fireflies festival, did I say? Yes, that's exactly what I said. Because it IS a thing. It is a magical natural phenomenon that comes to life amidst the amazing flora of the Western Ghats in India when thousands and thousands of these tiny glowing beetles swarm the green cover of of the area. It is a spectacle to behold.
So, what is it really?
Fireflies, while not uncommon in any rural set-up around the world, to see them in such large numbers is surely an uncommon sight for the urban. In the months of May and June, before the first showers of the season, the fireflies come out in the open and dissipate light signals to attract members of the opposite sex. This luminescent conversation creates a magical sight for the human eyes.
Grassroutes Journeys, a rural tourism initiative working with Purushwadi village community, has had significant contribution in popularizing this phenomenon among experience seekers. So when I came to know about Fireflies Festival a few years ago, I signed up immediately with Grassroutes for a visit to Purushwadi over a weekend in June, and convinced a couple of my friends to tag along as well.
How to Get There
A long drive of about 5hrs through the city, suburbs, up and down winding ghat roads, and many wrong turns later we reached the village of Purushwadi and were welcomed with great warmth by the volunteers of Grassroutes.
The route we took:
Pune - Nasik Highway > Chakan > Rajgurunagar > Narayangaon > Alephata > Purushwadi