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General Information about Matheran

Matheran is a serene hill station located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. Perched at a height of 2516 feet above sea level in Maharashtra, Matheran was located by British Officer ‘Hugh Mallet’, who was the collector of Thane. The men of Matheran are well known for dedication of their lives to horses and to the tourist of Matheran. Riding on the muddy slopes of Matheran is amazing to experience. You can also learn riding lesson at Olympia Racecourse conducted by horsemen of Matheran.

The hill town is located in close proximity to three prominent cities-Mumbai, Pune and Surat. There are numerous peak points in Matheran such as Panorama Point, Echo Point, Charlotte Lake, Louisa Point and King George Point. The Panther’s Cave and the Paymaster Park are two prime picnic spots to enjoy the treasures of nature. The stunning views of the landscapes from the cliffs of Matheran offer memorable experience.

Motor vehicles are banned and many visitors arrive by narrow-gauge railway on the 1907 Neral–Matheran Toy Train. The Panorama Point lookout offers views across the mountains of the Western Ghats. Louisa Point has views of waterfalls and the ancient Prabal Fort.

Connectivity :

By Rail : The nearest railhead is Neral. It is located around 59 kilometers away from Matheran. The railway station is well-connected to other major Indian cities such as Mumbai and Pune

By Air : The nearest airport to Matheran is Mumbai. It is located around 100 kilometers away from Matheran city. Mumbai is well-connected to various cities in India and abroad. Taxis ply between Mumbai and Matheran.

By Road : The Sion-Panvel Expressway connects Mumbai to Matheran. For those travelling via car, the journey will take approximately 2 hours and 7 minutes. Various tourist deluxe buses from Mumbai to Pune connect Matheran to Pune, which is around 3 kilometers away.

Matheran is a tiny surprise given the variety it offers. Indulge in Gujarati, Maharashtrian, Chinese, Moghlai and Punjabi cuisines across the many restaurants of the town. The standout items than one must try, while here, include the staple Vada Paav , an authentic and rich range of kebabs, as well as some Chikki , a popular sweet in the area. Also sip into some refreshing Kokum Sharbat . Liquor is also available but only in certain restaurants.

An Ideal Itinerary :

Day 1- Start your day early with a walk around Charlotte Lake. Visit the Pisarnath Temple. Enjoy the natural beauty from the numerous lookout points in the city.
Day 2- Enjoy sunrise from Panorama Point. Indulge in adventure sports like paragliding and Valley Crossing, a unique activity in Matheran.

Few Places of Interest :

Matheran Toy Train :
It’s astonishing to travel by Toy train from Neral to Matheran a hill station in Raigad district in Maharashtra (India). Toy Trains journey takes around 281 thriller zigzag turns (ghat) from Neral to Matheran hill top.

Neral - Matheran - A hill station at an altitude of 800 meters (average height of 2500 feet above sea level), Matheran is 110 km. away from Mumbai on Mumbai-Pune rail route.

A narrow gauge toy train from Neral (87 km. from Mumbai) meanders up the mountain, treating the tourists to a breathtaking view.

Phul Rani is a small 2 feet gauge line toy train service connecting Neral to Matheran. It is an astounding experience, meandering tourists up the hill, treating them with an amazing scenic beauty of greenery and hill-top view. This small ride of around half an hour is enjoyed by kids and adults alike. There is no advance booking to be made for seats. Booking takes place at Aman Lodge at Dasturi Park, 45 minutes in advance. 7 trains run in a day within a gap of 1-1.30 hours, starting at 9.30 AM. The last train from Aman Lodge is at 3.30

Horses and Matheran :
You need to park your car (even if you are not willing to do so!) at Dasturi Naka. Dasturi Naka is 3 kms away from Main Street of Matheran or railways station of Matheran.

Prabal Fort
Located atop of Prabhal Hills in the western part of Matheran, Prabal Fort has an important place in Indian history. The fort was captured by Shivaji Raje Bhosale from Mughals. It is said that the fort possessed price worthy treasures at the time of capture. There are two gateways and eleven towers in this fort, out of which, two gateways were destroyed in 1818 due to uncongenial fights.

Charlotte Lake
Also known as Sharlott Lake, Charlotte Lake is a serene yet scenic spot in Matheran and one of the most prominent sources of drinking water in the Matheran region. There is an ancient temple called Pisarnath Temple which is located at the right of the lake and two beautiful picnic spots-Louisa Point and Echo Point- are located at the left of the lake.

Shivaji’s Ladder
As the name suggests, Shivaji’s Ladder is a series of steps which connects one tree hill point to Matheran Valley. The route is encompassed by lush green forests and balmy winds. The great Maratha Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji used this way for his pleasure trips and hunting spree in the valley.

One Tree Hill Point
A picturesque hill station with a Jambhul tree perched at the crest, One Tree Hill Point is a walk through the road known as Shivaji’s Ladder, while descending from the hill to the plain. It is a good trail for trekkers and the route was discovered by a British Collector named Hugh Poyntz Malet during his visit to Thane.

Panorama Point
Panorama Point, also reckoned as the Sun Rise Pointm is a much admired vantage point near Matheran. Located at the significant distance from the Matheran Market, Panorama Point is commended as the greatest capacious space on any mount peak near Matheran. It is profoundly cherished as the perfect point to view the of the rising sun from. People gather up at the Panorama Point before the break of day to capture the majestic play of colors.

Monkey Point
The Monkey Point of Matheran is located in the state of Maharashtra. This unique destination overlooks a beautiful scenery of the Western Ghats and its intimidating mountains and deep gorges. As the name suggests, this place is often frequented by gangs of monkeys. This destination also has abundant quantities of indigenous flora and fauna and makes up for an interesting way to learn about the local weather and vegetation. You can also experience the phenomenon of echoing here if you shout out into the mountains while facing the Hart Cliff.
Famous for its mesmerising sunsets and many monkeys, the Monkey Point of Matheran is a popular spot here.

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