Fireflies / Light bugs of Bhorgiri, Bhimashankar

Fireflies / Light bugs of Bhorgiri, Bhimashankar

A couple of weekends back we had scheduled our night to see millions of fireflies / light bugs that generate in the forest of Bhimashankar every year. It is said that they multiply themselves from thousands to millions just in the initial few days of monsoon. As monsoon had arrived in Bhimashankar on the 3rd of June this year, we went there on the 8th of June. Very few people like their Saturday night to be like this one, but from our point of view, seeing the forest blinking in the night naturally is way more awesome than any other way to spend the weekend with.

Thousands of fireflies / light bugs in Bhorgiri, Bhimashankar

We reached Bhorgiri [a small sleepy little village on the border of Bhimashankar] at 7 PM. As it was not pitch dark yet, we decided to have some food. Surprisingly, the villagers were extremely poor — no vegetables at home, no electricity, no satellite TV, etc. One of the huts was slightly illuminated with faces having question mark seeing us with big cameras, lenses, etc. When asked for food, they offered us to have dinner with them. It was a very simple food [and extremely spicy], but our purpose was served. We thanked them, and paid some money.

People in search of fireflies / light bugs in Bhorgiri, Bhimashankar

Our step inside the forest to witness the much awaited scene of millions of fireflies lighting up the entire forest started with a surprise — some fireflies landed on us and on our car. That gave us an opportunity to observe them closely lighting up and dimming down. It was, in true meaning, mesmerizing! And who knew this was nothing in comparison to what we were going to see further!

Fireflies / Light bugs everywhere in Bhorgiri, Bhimashankar

It was pitch black, and the whole forest was blinking with the switching biological lights of the fireflies in uncountable number. My mind said, "this is the moment of the trip, literally". We were so lost looking at the great phenomenon that we did not realize the time were there until we finally felt that we 2 were all alone in the forest. We decided to paint the last few million pixels by a few million fireflies before driving home back.

Treefull of fireflies / light bugs in Bhorgiri, Bhimashankar

12 comments :

  1. You and Megha always do the most special things. You are the most wonderful couple who enjoy life to the fullest. Great story and photography. I always loved fireflies growing up in Georgia. They would twinkle the summer nights for us. It's been years since I've seen them. You, however, saw millions! A true phenomenon.

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    1. That such a perfect compliment a couple can expect :)

      Those fireflies out there in Georgia must be so different. We must have a look at them too! :)

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  2. http://kavitalihi.blogspot.in/2013/06/mind-zoom.html

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    1. That is awesome of you to mention about my firefly visit on your blog with some great words going along! :) Thank you very much Suranga :)

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  3. Bhavesh & Megha , Enjoyed reading a lot!
    am missing hiking to the core when I read something like this

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    1. So come over for a break Unmesh. Monsoon is calling in the Western Ghats for wanderers and explorers like you :)

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  4. Wow.......Thanks for sharing Bhaveshbhai................I have seen fie flies couple of years back when I was coming back from Somnath, Veraval to Ahmedabd......but they were very few.........these are really in millions......

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    1. Nice to know about your experience too with the amazing fireflies! Thanks for visiting here and commenting.

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  5. Hi Bhavesh, i am planning to visit Bhorgiri this month. Can you please suggest the best day/time? We will be driving down from Pune. How do we find the forest and fireflies once we reach Bhorgiri? Or will they find us? :)

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    1. There are different opinions by different people - some say that the fireflies grow in big numbers after 3-4 days of the first rain of monsoon. Some say that they come a couple of days before the first rain of monsoon.

      There will be many people already there in Bhorgiri. So finding fireflies will not be a difficult thing.

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  6. Anonymous10 June, 2016

    Hi,
    Where did you stay near Bhorgiri???

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    1. Hi!

      We did not stay there. We came back the same night, although very late.

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