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Good point with natural view

Good point with natural view  Video Review

Panorama Point

26th Aug 17

Nice Matheran Market

Nice Matheran Market  Video Review

Mathern Market

21st May 17

Superb view from Madhavji Point

Superb view from Madhavji Point  Video Review

Madhavji Point

Hiren Vis
6th Apr 17

Wonderful Park

Wonderful Park  Video Review

N Lord Garden

Hiren Vis
6th Apr 17

Madhavji point - located near main market

Madhavji point - located near main market  Video Review

Madhavji Point

Sushant Sabat
31st Jul 17

Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali  Video Review

Monkey Point

Bipin vaidya Vaidya
26th Mar 18

Nice View for selfie

Nice View for selfie  Video Review

Panorama Point

Sushant Sabat
8th Jan 18

Good place with beauty and nature

Good place with beauty and nature  Video Review

Panorama Point

Manhar Oza
26th Aug 17

Nice place to visit

Nice place to visit  Video Review

Khandala Point

Bhumi Prajapati
25th Aug 17

nice point

nice point  Video Review

Madhavji Point

Bhumi Prajapati
25th Aug 17

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Reasons to go to Matheran

1Enjoy a trekking session at the picturesque Matheran
Enjoy a trekking session at the picturesque Matheran

Hill | Mountain | Echo Point | Adventure
HolidayIQ Reviewer ASIM SAHU adds, “The experience of trekking in Matheran is not like the usual treks in other hill stations. For one, the town is not too high above sea level. And more importantly, the fun of trekking here is not climbing difficult rock trails but in walking along narrow paths with a green canopy above you. The one thing that we missed was the overnight stay at Matheran. My suggestion to future travellers of Matheran is to spend at least one night at Matheran because one will not find an opportunity like this to stay so close to nature.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Venson Lobo adds, “ There's nothing much to do apart from having fun in the water, not in the lake but next to it there's a spot from where excess water flows out. Only over there it's suitable. Apart from that, there's an adventure sport where you go from one side to another via rope, I guess it's zip line?


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2Go on a journey through rocky terrains
Go on a journey through rocky terrains

Hill | Weekend | Nature | Mountain

HolidayIQ Reviewer Nitin Mittal adds, “The awesome roadside view of the mountains and the path which the train covers which is totally different. Overall an awesome place to go with friends or family.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Aditya Agarwal says, “Train journey between Neral and Matheran is the most important recommended experience of Matheran Trip. It is advisable to take the early train from Neral to Matheran at 6:40 am and while returning take the 7:00 am train from Matheran to Neral. The fare Rs. 75 for one way. This journey gives an awesome view of nature and mountains in its 2 hr journey.”


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3The quaintness of Matheran will astound you
The quaintness of Matheran will astound you

This tiny hill station remains free of noxious pollutants perhaps because no motorized vehicles are allowed on its tiny roads or the pathways that lead into the woods. Visit popular points like Chouk, Panorama, Louisa, Garbut Point and Echo. 

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4For the avid trekkar Matheran
For the avid trekkar Matheran

Matheran is small hill station offering scenic view points, long treks through forested areas, and a quaintness of its own.

Lovely: Awesome place to explore nature. Trekking and Hiking is awesome. Just explore the place yourself by taking a map and trekking to points.

Explore the wild on foot

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5You Still Haven't Experienced How Peaceful A Train Ride Can Be Unless You Are On The Neral-Matheran Railway
You Still Haven't Experienced How Peaceful A Train Ride Can Be Unless You Are On The Neral-Matheran Railway

HolidayIQ Traveller Vishnu Vijayan from Mumbai shares, “To be honest take the famous toy train from Neral station which goes winding across the hills a two hour joy ride and drops you at the centre point of matheran.”

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Jaideep kochhar

Jaideep kochhar4.6/5

2 reviews

Fun and relaxation place

Its a different holiday spot . Startingr fun in he toy train is just the beginning. Do Check -in, in a hotel in the main market to taste all kinds of food. Else walking down or visiting market often will be difficult . There is a variety of food . But the missal pav was awesome . The hotel also served absolutely hot tasty food . Veg and non veg both . Monkeys jumping near you keep you and your family amused all the time . Hotel Activities like swimming was fun . And the disco and, magic show was pure fun. All the points are nearly the same . Visiting 2 or 3 for a longer time is advisable. The horsewalas will not tell you that the distance between the points is very short. You must buy shoes that are handmade there locally . They are too good ,,, having bollywood actors as thieir clients. One specialty is that you can never get exhausted . Reason being no vehicles are allowed in Matheran . So pollution free . Fresh clean air that automatically rejuvenates your lungs and full being naturally . Overall a great place to go during any season expect summer.

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Muktesh murlidhar Ramawat

Muktesh murlidhar Ramawat5.0/5

11 reviews

Tourist spot

Matheran is a best Hill station situated near Mumbai. Distance is Approximately 88 kms . Best time to visit Nov to Feb. But its good to go by walk from Neural to Matheran during Monsoon. Hotels to stay are Kumar Plaza, Horse land resort and many more like Usha ascott. Woodland etc. Toy train is a adventure tour as we can enjoy 3 hrs journey from Neural jn to Matheran. Thanks to Municipal members and CRLY syaff. Happy journey to all visitors.

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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.

Photos of Matheran

King George Point, Matheran

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Sourav Maiti

King George Point
Matheran, Maharashtra

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Bhavesh Pipaliya

Matheran, Maharashtra
King George Point, Matheran

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Nikhil Garde

Visit to Matheran
Charlotte Lake, Matheran

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Aditya Agarwal

Charlotte Lake, Matheran

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