is an undulating hilltop cloaked in shady trees, that sprawls
languidly at an altitude of 800 m. The journey involves an adventurous
two-hour ascent in a toy train, with food and drink vendors and
monkeys jumping on and off as the valley glides by sedately. Alternately,
a tough 11 km hike through thick and shady forests or a winding
car drive can get you there as well.
cliffs, with incredibely steep drops to the plains
below, create stunning viewing points. These panoramic vistas,
by day or by night, leave you feeling light headed. On a clear
night, you can even see the lights of Mumbai from Hart Point.
In fact, all of Matheran is a series of such
quixotically named points that are popular if isolated sites for
picnics and fireside revelry at night. Charlotte Lake, the Panthers'
Caves and Paymaster Park are other attractions, especially for
there is half the fun. A toy-like train meanders up the mountain,
treating you to a breathtaking view. In Matheran itself there's
plenty to see - Lake Charlotte, Honeymoon Hill, Panther's Cave,
lots more. You can also go horse-riding and shop for exciting
cane and leather articles.
main bazaar offers a variety of items such as cane and leather
articles, hats, chappals and the sinfully sweet speciality
-- Chikki. Vehicles of any kind are not permitted in the town,
which makes it a very quiet and serene place.
: Temperatures vary from 16 C in winter to 32 C in summer,
with an annual rainfall of 524 cms. October to May is the best
time to visit.
- Hotels: There are plenty of hotels with budget and
luxury accommodation available. MTDC offers you the Resort.
Mumbai, 100 kms away is the nearest airport.
By Rail : Neral
station, 21 kms away is where you can catch the toy train.
By Road : Mumbai
by road is about 108 kms from Matheran via Karjat and Neral. Pune
is 120 kms away. All cars and buses stop at Dasturi just outside,
from which you can walk, take a horse or a hand-pulled rickshaw
into the town. State Transport buses ply regularly from Mumbai
Transport buses ply from Mumbai, Pune to Neral.