Matheran - Untouched by pollution and automobiles

Tripoto
30th Jun 2018

In the wild lies the path to solace......

Photo of Matheran - Untouched by pollution and automobiles by Shalini Garnaik
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Matheran is one of the cheapest and shortest weekend getaways from Mumbai. The hill station becomes one of the most breathtaking places in Western Ghats in monsoons.

You can have a short one day trip, go for local sightseeing, do a trek, take a ride on a horse, just enjoy in the toy train or you can stay overnight in there roam around on foot in the middle of night, feel ghostly chills or freak out in darkness. After a point no vehicles are allowed you can take a horse or walk on foot. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and never new, they will get definitely get ruined in the mud from the rains.(P.S. Only if you are going in Monsoons).

Day 1

We took morning local train at 8.10 am from thane and reached Neral by 9.15 am (Take trains going to Karjat or Khopoli).

We then took the shared cabs available from Neral to go up to Matheran. They cost around Rs 50/p. It takes around half an hour to reach the top. Neral to Matheran toy trains are also available you can look it up online and book tickets.

So finally after reaching the cosy little hill station we have to go around and visit all points on foot, that's the beauty of this place there are absolutely no vehicles allowed, the air fresh and cool, no noises and horns its very calm.

We started the long journey ahead of bus, we energized by eating corn and maggie. The place has barely any internet so follow the signs, crowds, ask around people about the spots and trust your gut.{You could just wish list this story for future use ;)}.

First we went to Louisa point relaxed for a while and enjoyed the view.

Next we went to Charlotte lake, the place was heavily crowded,

So we moved on to the next spot i.e. Porcupine point.

And finally the Alexanders point. There were no proper restaurants just small stalls to have lunch and we enjoyed it. Be aware of monkeys, never carry food in hands they are very likely to snatch it.

After a while you can start feeling all the places look the same :D .We could feel the clouds walking beside us and it started to rain luckily we had umbrellas.

We went to One tree hill point and there was really just one tree on top of the hill. It was less crowded there so we sat and enjoyed the beauty of hills.

On our way back we saw the Neral Matheran toy train and took shared cab back. Finally we took local train back home. We were very tired of walking whole day but the place in monsoons is worth it.

If you are someone who enjoys monsoons, the feeling of clouds touching your skin, water drops flowing down your face this is the place to go. Instead of hearing the sound of noises of vehicles you can hear the birds and insects chirping and the air is as fresh as it can get. It's one of the cheapest weekend getaways in Mumbai, you can do a one day trip in just Rs 500. You can also find beautiful cottages for people travelling in groups in affordable price.

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nice narration, tq
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