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Khushboo Mahaduleratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

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Matheran nice place to relax and enjoy

Matheran is a smallest hill station in India.
100km from Mumbai. We went from Mumbai. There is a best option of going Matheran is Local train till Neural.
Neural to Matheran train is Not running at present ( we went at 6th Nov 2017).
Best way from Neural to Matheran Aman Lodge is by cab. It is the quickest method to reach there. There is a toy train from Aman Lodge to go to Matheran market from where you can either wall or can take horse ride to see various points.
Be careful that you bargain for horse ride. If they ask you 800 rs. You fix it for around 400rs. If you are willing to stay you can to chill out but for Mumbaikar we can manage it as one day trip. Go at early morning like by 7am .. Reach there ...
And best way to visit Matheran is initial Raining days (no heavy rains) or else you can not see anything because of fog.
Thank you guys.

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Shikha Sharmaratingratingratingratingratingrating4.3/5

144 reviews

Place for peaceful retreat

Its around 80kms away from Mumbai. But its so peaceful and beautiful that you will feel like to stay there forever. If you want a break from your daily routine then visit Matheran. Its well connected till Neural from Mumbai local. After Neural shared Taxi will take you to the place from where either you need to trek or take horse or man pulled rickshaws till Matheran's sightseeing or hotels which is again 4kms approx. But you will be enthralled by the twist and turns on the way. Not many view points as such but on the whole nature's beauty will mesmerise you.

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Matheran Overview

History of Matheran

Matheran is a hill station situated in the Raigad District of Maharashtra. Matheran, which has the designation of being the smallest hill station in India, is situated in the Western Ghats at an average altitude of 800 m above sea level.The quaint town of Matheran was brought to the limelight during the colonial rule of the British. Matheran was discovered, in the year 1850 by Hugh Poyntz Malet, the District Collector of Thane. The place was developed by Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay, as a summer resort for the British. Lord Elphinstone introduced roadways as well as the Mountain Railways (1907) to Matheran.The name Matheran (which means 'forest on top') refers to the surrounding dense evergreen Jambol forests. Matheran is known for its biodiversity as the place consists of rare species of flora and fauna. Matheran is also famous for its 33 lookout points, which provides panoramic view of the peaks of Western Ghats as well as its village-dotted plains.

People and Culture of Matheran

Matheran is one among the eco-sensitive Regions in the world, where motored vehicles are not allowed. The core eco-sensitive zone of Matheran covers an area of 251.56 sq km. The town of Matheran and its environs, which are spread along 200 m of land, constitute the buffer zone.Matheran is situated on a plateau towards the western part of the Western Ghats. The plateau of Matheran, surrounded by the vast extensions of the ranges of Western Ghats, lies as an outlier to the main range of Western Ghats.Cooler but pleasant and less humid climate prevails all through the year in Matheran. The best time to visit Matheran is during the months of September to June, while it is very pleasant, cool and favourable for sightseeing.Matheran tourism offers sightseeing attractions such as Porcupine Point, Panorama Point, Echo Point, Charlotte Lake, King George Point, Louisa Point, Paymaster Park, Panthers Caves, Hart Point, etc. Matheran also offer activities such as trekking, hiking, climbing, etc. The vicinity of Mumbai and Pune makes Matheran a popular weekend destination of nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Things To Do in Matheran

Matheran has its nearest airport at Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport which is around 46 km away from Matheran city. Mumbai is well connected to other major airports in India and abroad. The next nearest airport to Matheran is at Lohegaon Pune which is about 84 km.Matheran is situated at a distance of 90 km and 120 km respectively from Mumbai and Pune. Matheran can be accessed by rail from the close by town of Neral, by a narrow gauge railway, which is operational since 1907. The train from Neral to Matheran provides a scenic view of Matheran, as it runs through hill sides, plains, cliffs, plateau and the Jambol forests, covering a distance of 21 km in a slow pace. Tourists to Matheran can also drive up to Dasturi Point (11 km away) and reach Matheran by foot or on pony.