Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Matheran - A perfect weekend getaway

Matheran literally means "Forest on Top".

At Matheran, you can experience unpolluted fresh air as motor vehicles are banned within Matheran. Vehicles have to be parked at Dasturi Naka on the outskirts of the hill station. The most enjoyable way to reach Matheran is to take the toy train from Neral. (Mumbai local trains to Karjat stop at Neral)

Toy train does not operate during Monsoons. Matheran train booking can be made at IRCTC website of Indian Railways.

Best Time to Visit: All through the year.  However, the hill station might close down during peak monsoon season.Tips for your Matheran Trip 1.  Matheran gets crowded during weekends - be sure to make accommodation arrangements before commencement of the journey. 2.  The entry fee ticket has the map of Matheran with walkways well detailed. Keep a copy of the same while at Matheran.3.  There are plenty of monkeys in Matheran. Do not make mistake of feeding them as they will keep following you. Left alone, these monkeys are harmless4.  Gujarat Bhavan  at Matheran is famous for Gujarati Vegetarian Thalis

Key Attractions at Matheran
Charlotte Lake : The lake has a splendid view with the dam at one end and a temple at the other. You can have a pleasant walk around the lake at any anytime of the day.
View Points: There are 38 points. Important ones are Panorama Point, Mount Berry (good view of Sahayadris), Monkey Point (bird watching), One Tree Point (solitary Jambul tree that stands atop the hill) and Porcupine Point (Sunset)

Long Walks: Best way to relax at Matheran is to go for long walks in well marked out walk ways and enjoy the dense vegetation and the bird chirps

Treks: here are many trekking routes to reach Matheran. The easiest is thru the Garbert Plateau. Night walks along Neral - Matheran mountain road is popular.

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