MATHERAN-Smallest Hill Station in India
Matheran is a hill station in Western Ghats- Maharashtra, India. It is a perfect weekend gateway if you want respite from Hustle and Bustle, Lots of vegetation and Less construction.
This is declared as an eco-sensitive zone.
How to Reach: From Mumbai, Dadar/CST board a local train (Karjat Local) to Neral Station. From Neral you can take toy train to Matheran or can take shared taxi which will drop you some 2.5KM from Matheran. Further, you can either take Pony ride or romance on the feet.
P.S- Matheran is a self exploration tour, I always prefer wandering on feet to steal the beauty.
Best time to travel- Western Ghats beautify a hundred fold in monsoon, hence I recommend to travel between June-September.
Where to stay: You get hotels easily, during peak season 1500 per person per night including meals.
No. of days- Even if you are all set to romance on your feet, 1-1.5 days will suffice.
Places to Visit: All you need is a bag pack, ask for a map from your hotel receptionist and you are all set to go.
Matheran boasts of 28 points like alekzander point, eco point, one tree hill point, big chowk point and Charollette lake to steal breath taking views of the valley.
Important points to note:
- Always carry a raincoat since due to higher vegetation, it might rain anytime.
- Wear comfortable trousers/shorts , tee and a good sport shoes.
- Brace yourself- you will appreciate nature and her beauty. Prefer a forest trail- walking amidst fog,mist and drenching in rain is an underrated pleasure.
- DO NOT LITTER. Mother nature is a beauty, be self disciplined.
Estimated Budget-3.5-4K is an optimum budget considering meals, travel and local exploration.