|How to get there: |
The nearest airport, Mumbai, 100 km, is well connected with national and international flights. From there, youll need to switch to train or road.
|By Railways: |
The rail journey to Matheran is half the fun of your trip. Neral, the nearest railhead (21 km), is connected to Mumbai, Pune and other parts of Maharashtra. From here, a special, narrow gauge "toy train" gets you up, puffing and wheezing all the way. Except during the monsoon season (June-September), there are several trains a day on the mountain railway. These take 2 hours to cover the climb to their destination. Stations on the way have names like Water pipe and there is also the famous One Kiss Tunnel. During the monsoon, the service is restricted to one train a day and during heavy rains even this can be cancelled due to landslides. The tiny train service has been temporarily stopped for past one year.
|By Roadways: |
State Transport buses regularly ply from Mumbai and Pune. A taxi from Neral to Matheran takes about half hour to reach. Taxis stop about 2.5 km from the centre of the hill station. Shared taxis and minivans go between Neral and Matheran for Rs 55 per person. Taxis Rs 350.
|By Other Means: |
Inside Matheran no vehicles are allowed, so from here youíll have to either use man-pulled rickshaw or you can enjoy horse riding.
Matheran is an undulating hilltop cloaked in shady trees that sprawls languidly at an altitude of 800 m. The journey involves an adventurous two-hour ascent in a toy train, with food and drink vendors and monkeys jumping on and off as the valley glides by sedately. Alternatively, a tough 11 km hike through thick and shady forests or a winding car drive can get you there just as well. Matheranís cliffs, with incredibly steep drops to the plains below, create stunning viewing points. These panoramic vistas, by day or by night, leave you feeling light headed. On a clear night you can even see the lights of Mumbai from Hart Point. In fact, all of Matheran is a series of such quixotically named points that are popular if isolated site for picnics and fireside revelry at night. Charlotte Lake, the Panthers Caves, and Paymaster Park are Leisure, especially for children.
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Matheranís uniqueness lies in the fact that is the only hill station in India or may be in the world where air-polluting vehicles are not allowed. You have to reach Matheran either by the toy train, which is an experience in itself, or you have to reach Dasturi (nearly 11 km away from Matheran Railway Station) by car / taxi & then climb up the remaining hills by walking / on horse. By keeping the vehicular traffic away, not only Matheran retains its clean & calm atmosphere, but also takes you nearly 200 years back when there were no cars. Horses are the main mode of transport. Horse riding on the roads to One Tree Hill, Panorama Point is an enchanting experience.
matheran - between trees
passage to monkey point
where is the sun
above the roof
khandala from matheran village
Natural Beauty : Points Lake Charlotte, Mount Barry, Shopping
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