Matheran – recommended by TreksandTrails

Matheran is perhaps the only hill station in India where there is complete ban on any type of motor vehicles. This has ensured that there is ensured the noise level decibel are at the minimum. Walking along the lush green pathway is a delight. This hill station is located near Mumbai and is a good trekking spot. Ever since Hugh Malet, the then collector of district Thane discovered Matheran in the year 1850, its popular weekend gateway from Mumbai city.

Getting to Matheran is an experience to wish to encounter very often. Right from the toy train journey at Neral station which inches slowly uphill through the dense forest passing to numerous monkeys on the way. Once you have reached on top you can explore the interiors of Matheran on a horseback. Trekkers chose to walk from Dasturi point. It’s close to 3 hours.

Sightseeing recommended by TreksandTrails:

Panorama Point
The best place to watch a unforgettable sunrise experience. It’s the farthest point on the Matheran plateau – giving us a beautiful panoramic view of the Sahyadri range.

Charlotte Lake
During the monsoon and early winter time Charlotee lake gives us an amazing beautiful scenic view. For those living at Matheran the water from this lake is their life line. There is also a dam built at one of the end and a temple.

Mount Barry
Offer the best view – a photographer delight of the vast Matheran plain. Close by one can also visit Governor’s Hill as its enroute Mount Barry and Panorama Point.

King Gorge Point
Not sure if King Gorge ever visited this point, or why it’s called so. But everyone should visit this point. The best time is during the monsoon. One could witness the overflowing waterfall from lake Charlotte Lake with leaving you a refreshing imprint in your mind.

Besides these one can also visit Louise Point, ruins of Prabalgad fort, Porcupine Point, Echo Point

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest Airport Mumbai, 100km
By Rail: Mumbai to Neral is 90km approx.
Pune to Neral is 125km approx.
Neral Matheran Toy train is 21km approx.

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