The Search for Light in Darkness – Fireflies Festival 2019
I had heard about the fireflies festival from a friend and since then I had always wanted to witness this beautiful sight with my own eyes. Unfortunately, the lifespan of a firefly is very short and they only appear for a month before monsoons around the month of June.
Fireflies are basically insects which display bio-luminescence character!! In simple words, they produce a chemical reaction inside their bodies when oxygen touches them and that allows them to light up to attract their mates. This phenomenon of natural lighting is so mesmerizing that when you experience thousands of fireflies flashing their light at the same time is one of the best natural sights to behold.
To see this beautiful sight, one has to travel into the countryside away from light pollution. Around Mumbai, there are many destinations to spot Fireflies like Rajmachi Village, Siddhagad Wadi, Prabalmachi village, Bhandardara, Ghatghar, Kothaligad, Kondane Caves, Purushwadi and many more.
I have always been missing this opportunity every year due to the busy lifestyle that we live in the cities. But this year I finally made it on 15th June 2019 with my friends to experience this beautiful fireflies festival at Bhandardara.
On 15th Jun 2019 at 3 pm, we left from home in my friend’s car with the hope of seeing at least 1 firefly. Since the past 2 days it had been raining quite heavily in Mumbai, so chances of seeing fireflies were almost zero. We were determined to go. We traveled almost 165 kms from Mumbai to Bhandardara.
This was not the first time that I was travelling to Bhandardara, but yet the feeling was magical. The rain, cool weather, breeze hitting my face and running through my hair made it a very special experience. The journey was proving to be as exciting as the excitement to see the fireflies at our destination.
I did things that I had never done before in my life. It may sound silly but it was the most satisfying feeling. We stopped on an empty road which seemed never ending with fields on both sides and the mighty Kalsubai mountain peak right behind us. We got few amazing pics here with rain clouds hovering over the mountain peak and us sitting on the car roof. This was the first time ever that I climbed and sat on any car roof. My friends thought that it would be impossible for me to climb the roof. But I surprised myself as well with the ease in which I climbed the car roof and sat there so comfortably. Thanks to my friend too for allowing us to do such stunts on his car.