Matheran means jungle on top
of the hills, as the name suggests it is blessed with natural
beauty in abundance. Panoramic views of the surrounding mountains
and plains below, makes it one of the favorite weekend getaways
for the locals of Mumbai and Pune. Matheran is a picturesque
hill station situated in the Sahyadri mountains,above the
sea level at 800 m. The dense forest and cool climate throughout
the year makes it an ideal get away from the hectic city life.
by Toy Train
Neral - Hardal Hill - Jammapatti Station - Bhekra Station
- Mount Barry- Panorama Point - Simpson Point - Matheran Bazaar.
Matheran Toy Train
Day 1: Takeover
From Mumbai Airport. Transfer to Hotel OR further travel.
Day 2: Start
train travel from Neral to Matheran. After 2 hrs. train journey
reach Matheran and transfer to Hotel.
Day 3: Local
sight seeing in Matheran. Night stay in Hotel.
Day 4: Short
Jungle trek and explore the surrounding of Matheran.Night
stay in Hotel.
Day 5: Back
to Neral by Train. Travel back to Mumbai. Night stay in Hotel.
Day 6: Transfer
to Airport. Catch International flight. Tour End.
The narrow gauge toy train (the
two hour/21 Kms) journey takes you through some picturesque
landscapes of the surrounding hills. Matheran has plenty of
tourist spots like - Lake Charlotte, Honeymoon Hill, Panther's
Cave, lots more. Horse riding and shopping of exciting cane
and leather articles are must in your itinerary. It has all
kind of accommodation facilities ranging from low budget lodges
to luxurious resorts.
Matheran is a splendid hill destination
situated at a distance of around 108 km from Mumbai. The name
Matheran implies 'Jungle Head', or 'Forest on Top.' The views
from Matheran are exceptional with surrounding hills providing
enamouring scenes for the eyes. Also, Matheran being a vehicle
free zone is completely pollution free.
The journey is actually a visual
delight for the tourists with a range of scenes to enjoy.
The ascent begins a little after the Hardar Hills and reaches
the Jamnapatti station, where it appears that road and rail
have almost come together. They part here, though to meet
again a little further beyond the steep slope of Bhekra Kund.
The Horseshoe embarkment near the Mount Barry is a captivating
scene to look at. The route runs another mile before it enters
into the lone tunnel on the way. Emerging from the tunnel,
the line zig zags sharply backwards and forward twice. Thereafter,
the train crosses the Panorama Point and the Simpson Tank
to reach straight to the Matheran Bazaar. The train covers
a maximum of 12 miles in an hour thereby allowing the passengers
ample time to soak in the beauty of the surroundings.