Matheran is one of the hill stations that is located in close proximity to Mumbai. This hill station was discovered in the year 1850 by the British during their reign and subsequently they developed this place into a summer retreat. This hill station is situated at the height of 800 meters above the sea level. This serene place offers cooling escape from soaring temperature. However, the most unique thing about this place is that all vehicles are prohibited here- even bicycles. So, it is a soothing place to rejuvenate and relax from daily din and pollution.
This place is situated around 100 kilometres (62 miles) east of Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra.
How to go to Matheran
Now, most of you might be thinking that getting to Matheran is a difficult task. In reality, getting to Matheran is one of the easiest tasks. Moreover, it is a popular option for leisurely vacation. You will easily get a two hour train from Neral. To reach to Neral from Mumbai, take one hour local train preferably local train- either Deccan Express that departs CST at 7.10 a.m and arrives at 8.40 a.m or the Koyna Express that departs CST at 9.00 a.m and arrives at 10.30 a.m. Alternatively, you can opt for a taxi that you can take from Neral to Dasturi car park, it’s around three kilometre from the pristine hill station. From there you can ride up on a horseback. Porters are also available.
Cost of the trip
Visitors are charged additional Capitation tax to enter this city. It is to be paid on the arrival at the toy train station or car park. The cost is Rs 25 for adults and Rs 10 for children.
Due to high altimeter, this place is cooler and less humid climate than surrounding areas like Mumbai and Pune. In summer, the temperature reaches to 32 degree Celsius while in winter it drops to 15 degree Celsius. This place is known for heavy monsoon downpours during the months of June to September. The roads get muddy easily, as they are not sealed. As a result, during the monsoon season the activities are reduced. The best time to visit this place is just after the monsoon season, from Mid-September to mid-October, when nature is in its full bloom.
Visitors are drawn to this place because it offers tranquillity and serenity. Here the vehicles are prohibited; hence old modes of transport like horses and hand pulled carts are used. This place is blessed with nature bounties like dense forest, long walking tracks, panoramic views, etc. There are around 35 large and small view points at the hill stop. Early risers can go and view Panorama Point for spectacular sunrise, while sunset can be best viewed from Porcupine point or Sunset point.