Trekking is not a sport. It's a way of getting one with nature. While day treks are amazing by themselves, there’s something phenomenal about a night trek. Firstly, there’s no sun to wear you down with its intense heat. Second, you have spectacular views from the top, even with almost no light. Third, nothing can beat the view of a sunrise atop a mountain.
While I am more of a monsoon trek kinda person, I do trek the other times in the year as well. While ardently waiting for the rains to start this year, I came across several trek ideas for night treks to view swarm of fireflies along the trek route. One can only view them in certain times of the year, largely owing to the fact that they are visible mainly during their mating season, which is a short window of opportunity before the rains or during the early monsoon season.
With several to choose from, we decided on the Prabal plateau for this night trek. The Prabalgad fort lies along the plateau right next to Matheran, a popular hill station near Mumbai. It lies at an elevation of 2300 feet sitting right next to a steeper, meaner Kalvantin peak. One can easily see it as they pass by on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.