Matheran, Maharashtra

30th Aug 2014
Photo of Matheran, Maharashtra 1/2 by Ankita Misra
Photo of Matheran, Maharashtra 2/2 by Ankita Misra

It would come as a surprise to many as to the innumerable hill stations and picnic spots lie between Mumbai-Pune highway. Matheran is one of those, that lie about 90kms from Mumbai and about 120 from Pune. Its the smallest hill station in India with the area of only around 10 Sq.M, at an altitude of 800 M and the only way to make it to this hill will be by toy trains, as motor vehicles are not allowed here.

In order to get to matheran, one has to reach Narel and then forward their journey to Matheran on toy trains.

The journey will witness many monkeys leaping around, sometimes near the train aswell. All that there is to see in Matheran will keep coming your way on its own.

Cherish the beautiful Parsi lifestyle and British cottages that will take you back in time.

If you are planning to spend the night, various accomodation options are also available but the reservation needs to be done in advance as most of the hotels only have occupancy for less that 100.

Matheran can be visited at any time of the year, including monsoon. Temperature varies from 15 C to 30 C depending on the climate.

The first point we took was to Charlotte Lake. You can see a dam releasing water from this point making a water fall and further becoming a lake down below. The water level is not too high, at the time of rain, additional fall comes into existence as told by the locals.

Photo of Charlotte Lake Road, Matheran, Maharashtra, India by Ankita Misra

This place is good enough for sunset and sunrise view. One gets to get the view of almost all that there is to see in matheran, mainly, the lakes, the dam, borgaon etc. Trekking or horse riding is the only two ways to get there.

Photo of Alexander Point, Alexander Point Trail, Matheran, Maharashtra, India by Ankita Misra

One tree hill point is just like a set for any movie. Perfectly done and miraculously placed one single tree on the hill is spectacular. Its a few miles from the Bazaar peth from where one can take a horse ride to get to this spot.

Photo of One Tree Hill, Satara Deolai Parisar, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Ankita Misra

This is a highly recommended spot for everyone alike. Spend long gazing hours at the untouched beauty of widespread forest and true gem of nature. If you are planning for a stay in Matheran overnight, do give this place a shot early morning for sunrise.

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