The darkness began to dominate the scenario as we entered the ghat section. Just after 20-25 minutes of drive, we stopped by a tree, turned off the headlights of our car and guess what we spotted? A tree with blinking lights which were not really electric lights but the magical fireflies. This was our first experience of witnessing this scenario and trust us, it instantly reminded us of a Christmas tree! The welcome we got was such an awesome one that it certainly raised our expectations for the future encounters on this way!
We had a choice of returning back right away considering the fact that we were lucky enough to see the fireflies even when it was raining that time but we decided to continue the pursuit with a hope to experience a more remarkable scenario along the way. The darkness began to dominate and we were literally cruising beneath the clouds but the moment we used to turn off our car’s light, we used to see a whole new world of sparkling fireflies illuminating the trees covered in darkness.
As everything has pros and cons, even The Bhandardara Fireflies Festival 2018 had some. Although, it gave an experience to remember for lifetime to the happening heads like us but it also noticed a sudden rise in the number of tourists attending it, which has indirectly risen the number of tourist vehicles passing along the way which makes it difficult to spot the fireflies as you are bound to get disturbed from the headlights of vehicles passing one after the another and this was the reason why we decided to left the premises after sighting couple of really amazing spots depicting the phenomenal scene of nature as our vision was stressing a bit too much with the headlights of the passing vehicles in the pitch dark night.
We would like to give a special mention to our luck because spotting fireflies in rains is not at all an easy task. So, we would recommend you to not way too long and attend The Bhandardara Fireflies Festival in the last week of May itself next time around to rub away the fear of getting a magical experience like this washed out due to the first showers of monsoons!