No of days: 1 day trek.
2 days are preferable to cover all points.You should leave as early in the morning as possible.
1st Mode of travel: Train
Time taken from Thane to Neral: 1 hour and little more.
Distance from Neral to Matheran: 7.6 km.
Note: The cheaper second class is a bit packed in this route but affordable.
2nd mode of travel: Van from Neral to Matheran entry gate.
Cost: 80/- INR per seat that dropped us in front of the entrance.
It came floating in the air that the toy train service from Neral to Matheran was no longer active.
We spotted the toy train while walking along the tracks from Lodge station, a little distance from the entrance.
The toy train ride must be a thrill! It traverses along the extreme corners of the hills and covers much of the route to Matheran station reducing the walking distance.
3rd mode of travel:
You can choose between walking the rest of the path and riding a horse for 300/- INR. 1 person is allowed per horse. No other mode of travel is allowed to the points. We chose to walk once while going.