Planning for a weekend getaway to Matheran has been on my cards since long and what perfect weekend can it get other than the long extended weekend of Dussehra. I was confused between Matheran and few other places but finally settled on this quiet serene hill station. So once decided, I immediately started doing my favourite part of every travelling and that is planning the itinery and booking the hotels. Research didn't take much of a time as there were not much options, so booked a double room for me and my mom for 2 nights and 3 days. The room booked was a tent room with poolside view.
So there are 2-3 options of reaching Matheran from Mumbai. Initially i had thought of taking a Karjat bound local train from Ghatkopar and get down at Neral. From Neral, shuttle services ply till Aman lodge and from there, can avail the lovely and joyful 20 mins toy train ride to reach Matheran station. But then i decided on an easier option of booking an Ola outstation till Aman lodge and then took the toy train ride till Matheran. Ola charges a reasonable rate of Rs 10/km but the only deterrent is they will charge you for round trip even if u want only a drop off as only drop off option is not available for this place. So me and my mom boarded the cab at around 9.45am in the morning and started our beautiful road journey. As Ola gives you the service of unlimited music with a minimal charge of Rs 20 for the entire ride, the stress of phone battery running down while listening to those beautiful music tracks was not there. In total it was a 2 hours 20 mins time to reach to the top. After Karjat, the road is a little rough but once it starts to take the uphill one tends to ignore the road patches as the pristine surroundings will take all your attention.Once we reached to the last motorable spot, we made our way to the Aman Lodge station. I must say that this 20 mins of joyful toy train ride from Aman Lodge to Matheran has been one of the memorable things which happened to me, may be more because it was my first time.