Located appoximately 200 kms from Mumbai in the Western Ghats, Purushwadi village in Junnar, Maharashtra is the site of a fascinating phenomenon ~ the courtship of millions of fireflies. The night is lit up by their glow, making it a mesmerizing sight worth going for.
When to visit for the fireflies festival: May-end/beginning of June, at around the time the monsoons are expected to set in.
Purushwadi is also a great place for bird watchers. Besides kingfishers, bulbuls and black robins, there are quails and peacocks too. Rural tourism in Purushwadi is a big attraction to visitors from India and other countries. You can book through one of the reputed tour operators and enjoy a weekend in the midst of greenery, having fun doing rural activities such as milking the goats, ploughing a field, harvesting rice, chopping wood, etc. You can enjoy outdoor sports too such as rappelling and swimming in the rivers.
The local cuisine of Purushwadi includes dishes made from pumpkin, curries and gravies, groundnuts, pickles & chutneys, etc. You can feast on delectable chicken dishes too.
How to go to Purushwadi: You can drive down to Purushwadi from Mumbai or Pune or board the Kasara train from CST railway station, Mumbai (Central Railway route). From Kasara (which falls within Thane District) you can arrange for a rental vehicle to take you to the Purushwadi village. It is best, though, to visit as part of a tour group as then you avoid all the hassles of arranging all the travel aspects. The tour operator will also arrange for your stay in a guest house or in tents.
A trip to Purushwadi can be arranged through Grassroutes.
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