And right I was! My one day in Matheran was nothing short of surreal, magical and fantastic, enriched with natural beauty that I will forever be in awe of. No amount of pictures and writing can do justice to experiencing monsoon in Matheran.
It was first week of July i finally made it with my school friends. We were total 4 and decided to take a bike trip. The landscape rapidly changes over the 8-km journey from the Neral railway station to Dasturi Naka, as sweeping valley views edge out mundane city scenes. Matheran is a no vehicle zone as it was declared as eco-sensitive zone by the Centre in 2003. You can park your vehicle at Dasturi Naka, near Aman Lodge railway station. Matheran is another 2 km from here.
Developed in the 1800s by Lord Elphinstone, governor of Bombay, Matheran became a summer retreat for British colonial officials. They built mansions and farmhouses. This trend was later followed by wealthy Indian entrepreneurs of Maharashtra.