Matheran, which means "forest on the forehead" (of the mountains) is an eco-sensitive region. It is Asia's only automobile-free hill station.
We started off at around 12pm from Nerul Station.
We took a train to Thane which is around 30mins, from there boarded train to Khopoli and got down at Neral station which took us around 1hr.
From Neral we boarded the toy train at around 1430hrs and reached Matheran by 1745hrs.
This journey offers the vintage feel of travelling in a old school machine and it gives you spectacular views of the mountain ranges around.
The 2nd class ticket rate is INR 75 whereas 1st cass is 300.
By the time we reached Matheran it was already getting dark.So we directly headed to our hostel which we had booked earlier in the day.
Bombay Backpackers hostel gives you bunker beds for a nominal rate of INR 604 per person.
The host was a friendly guy and made us very comfortable.
This was the only budget stay we could find in Matheran and it is in very close proximity to the railway station.
Once we got freshen up, we headed directly to the very famous Matheran Bazaar.
It is very lively market that has many eateries and other shops.
Also there are also many stalls nearby which provides maggi and other munchies.
Once we finished with the dinner, we spent somemore time roaming around the beautiful market and went back to the hostel.
We could not afford to miss the sunrise tomorrow.
After roaming around for a while, we had our dinner which wasnt that costly either.