On the way 6, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul

Meandering at Matheran


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:

On the way 3, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| Along the tracks towards Matheran, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
Trees on the path, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| Sunlight penetrating through the forest, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
On the way1, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| Walking through the Rail track towards Matheran, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
On the way 3, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| View through the Forests – on the way to Matheran, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||

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)

On the way 6, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| A walk among the dense forests, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
View Point 4, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| From the Charlotte Lake, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
View Point 1, Matheran, Mumbai, india, picture by: Aparajita Paul, pristine routes, pr
|| From the end of the Charlotte Lake, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
View Point 2, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| Echo Point View, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
Hills, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| Louisa Point, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
On the way 5, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| The way leads to anywhere, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
On the way 2, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| Way towards Louisa Point, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
View Point 5, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| View from Louisa Point – half covered with fog, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
Louisa View Point, Matheran, Mumbai, india, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| At Louisa View Point, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
View Point 2, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| At the Edge – from the Louisa Point , picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
On the way 1, Matheran, Mumbai, India, pristine routes, PR, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| Dense fog covering the forest, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
View at Hotel, Matheran, Mumbai, india, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| The Hotel where we stayed, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||
View at Hotel 1, Matheran, Mumbai, india, picture by: Aparajita Paul
|| View at Hotel just after the rains, picture by: Aparajita Paul ||

And thats how beautiful was the 1-day trip to Matheran.

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2 Comments

  1. Vandana says:

    Nice post! Where did you stay put in Matheran?

    1. admin says:

      Thanks.. its Premdeep

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