Well, a simple 1-day plan to visit a hill station amidst a soaring October heat of Mumbai can only be fulfilled by a visit to Asia’s only automobile-free hill station – Matheran. And here lies the best part of the trip.
In Raigad district of Maharashtra, it is the smallest hill station in India, which is about 90km from Mumbai. It is also well accessible from Pune.
How to Reach:
- Train from Mumbai/Pune to Neral Railway Station
- Cab (took Rs. 80/head from us) till the entry gate of Matheran
- Rs. 50/head entry fee to the hill station
- Walk and enjoy the Nature for about 2 km to enter the hill station
- One can also take horse rides to avoid walking
As we reached the Matheran entry gate, the temperature was already cool enough to make us able to walk up to the hill station with our backpack. We took the rail trackway (which currently doesn’t run) amidst the forest to walk. It was completely a new experience as the pollution level dipped down to zero with all greeneries around and no horns of vehicles. It was only the sound of clip-clop-clip-clop of the horses’ hooves that came out of the forest amidst the sound of birds and some tourists like us. As we walked up, here are a few glimpses of the nature we experienced:
A pure nature helped us in reaching the destination without much tiredness. I never expected to be able to reach the top at one go without any break! Getting fresh at the hotel and completing the lunch there itself, we started for exploring the hill station.
We started with Charlotte Lake, to Echo Point, Malang Point, and Louisa Point. The viewpoints were indeed panoramic, but the walking ways through the dense forests were no less in beauty. It was a complete unadulterated nature that posed with its glamour in front of every snap. Here are few of them:
(I have tried to put the story through photos as that will describe the place more precisely)
And thats how beautiful was the 1-day trip to Matheran.