Matheran Tourism : Automobile free hill station in Maharashtra
One of the most famous hill station, Known as " Cutest Little Hill station" in Maharashtra, It is located Near Neral, close to Mumbai and Pune. It is Famous for Sunset and Sunrise viewing Matheran Points, Matheran Narrow Gauge Toy Train and it's pleasant weather with hill view Resorts.
It is open for tourists Post Covid-era with all necessary precautions.
Best Time To Visit Matheran:
Anytime is best. but if you are a fan of lush green hills, rain, fog, smell of wet soil and don't mind horses manure and mud then Monsoon is the best time to visit.
It is very crowded in Summer holidays, Year Ending and Monsoon.
One day is enough to see Matheran. So you can either Plan just a day trip or 1 night stay at Matheran.
How to Reach Matheran?
By Train: Take train Deccan Express From Mumbai or Sahyadri Express From Pune to Neral and From Neral you will get sharing autos or cabs to the bottom of the hill.
By Car: Your own Vehicle or Ola/Uber. Your own vehicle you can take all the way up to Matheran Parking spot. If you go by Ola/Uber, local taxi drivers of Matheran do not allow these cab to go up as it will affect their business. So you have to get down before the Ghat starts and from there take cab, either in sharing or personal. For Sharing Rs. 200/p, for whole cab Rs.400.
-When You reach to Top at car parking spot, from there Automobile-free zone starts.
-You have to take a ticket and enter well built entrance gate to Matheran Hill station.
-From The main entrance to Market distance is around 3 km.
-You can either take toy train, horse or walk. If you are young, just follow tracks of toy train. The way up following train track is Marvelous. Specially in Monsoon.
- When you reach at top, you will first see market. All the restaurants, shops, pharmacys you will find in the market. All the resorts and hotels are near by to market.
Where to Stay In Matheran?
There are plenty of Resorts and hotels and home stays in Matheran. But Home stays are not recommended as they are not well maintained.
We stayed in Hotel Premdeep . Beautiful hotel with nice rooms, spacious space and close to Market. Only problem: No restaurant. Only Guajarati Thali available and few snacks.
Places to Visit in Matheran: ( Must Visit )
One tree Hill Point
All these points are must visit. You start from One point and all the other points are connected. You will find directional boards everywhere. You can either walk to these points or take a horse. If you take a horse you can not spend time at these points as you want. They charge extra if you are going to wait at any specific point.
All these points will give amazing view of hill, sunset and sunrise.
Market is the place where you will find shops. Nothing great to shop there. But it's a good place for a evening walk.
There are two liquor shops in Matheran which are actually resto-bar. So they charge little extra than MRP. No other resorts or Hotels offer bar. And one shop where you get ice. Both are at market IN front of each other.
It is a great place for a weekend getaway.
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