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“Closest nature retreat to Mumbai”
Review of Matheran

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296 reviews
793 helpful votes
“Closest nature retreat to Mumbai”
Reviewed 6 March 2009

Our family visits Matheran between 4 to 6 times a year as it is the closest nature haven to Bombay. Driving time from Bombay is under 2 hours, depending on the time of day, via Chowk and Karjat, up the ghat road from Neral to Dasturi Naka car park. Beyond this point, you can walk, rent a pony or a hand pulled rikshaw. The toy train plies from Neral station to Matheran station and a mini bus service introduced late last year, runs from Karjat and Neral stations.

Most of the hotels are located in and around the market and station areas, and are available at all budget ranges, many with meals included.

At an altitude of between 600m and 700m with a dense evergreen forest cover, Matheran is pleasant most times of the year. During the monsoons [June to mid September], it is enveloped in clouds and mist and often, incessant rain - romantic - but not very practical with forever damp walls and clothes that never dry!

Just after the rains is the best time to visit when the myriad waterfalls are still active, wildflowers are in full bloom with butterflies flitting all over the place. The huge Blue Mormon butterfly, the second largest in India, is very common here.

Walks along the several jungle trails to the many view "Points" are most rewarding. Even at the height of peak season, there are always trails where you will not find anyone else. The Matheran Giant Squirrel can be spotted frolicking on tree branches, as can the Golden Langur, and the omnipresent, ubiquitous bonnet macaque monkeys who will boldly snatch any packet from your hands! It is a good idea to carry a walking stick or bamboo pole - useful on the rubbly pathways and against aggressive simians. Nature lovers and botanists in particular, will love Matherans jungle trails. 2008 saw a spectacular mass blooming of the once in 4 year purple flowering Karvy [Strobilanthes callosa]. We went to Matheran on 4 consecutive weekends just to experience this magnificent sight.

Last but not least, the shopping! Locally made Chikkies are famous and of very good quality. Wild honey is also a good buy - usually of jamoon [syzigium] flowers. Straw and grass handicrafts, and footwear are also famous. We usually stock up on crushed peanut chikki and honey.

Cant wait till our next visit to Matheran.

1 Thank Gita-TA
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1 review
22 helpful votes
“my favourite place in matheran is lakeside”
Reviewed 1 March 2009

matheran is a beautiful hill station near to mumbai.it is a 3 hrs drive from mumbai.if u want to enjoy mother nature there is no place like matheran. in rainy season it is like heaven.matheran is totally pollution free ,as there r no vehicles inside it.u have to ride on horses. fill u r lungs with pure oxygen. a must freak out .its fun to ride in the toy train.but hiking is altogether different experience.

22 Thank charul
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1 review
4 helpful votes
“Visit to Matheran”
Reviewed 23 December 2008

We recently drove down to Matheran from Mumbai (Colaba), where we stay. We had booked the Maharastra Govt. Rest House for our stay there. The drive which is arround 90 km from Mumbai is fabulous once you hit the Express Highway, however prior to that the traffic snarls from Dadar to Chembur can make a person go crazy. (Advise- Start early to beat the traffic). On reaching the foothills of Matheran be advised to strictly follow the road signs for climbing the hill that leads to Matheran. 90% of the route is narrow and one has to drive for considerable time on 1st gear (without the A/C). This is specially applicabl;e for cars upto 1300cc. SUVs or other powerful cars might be able to navigate the strech with ease.
Though the drive and the stay both were Exhilarating, however families with small kids (smaller than 12 months)are advised to plan their trip once their kids area little older, cause the 3 km strech after reaching the parking of Matheran ( Matheran being a pedistrian hill station) has to be travelled on a horse back or a hand pulled rickshaw.....both of which can be a bit unstable to handle with a small kid in hand....

4 Thank Naimah
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
12 helpful votes
“Matheran, A Hill Station very close to Nature”
Reviewed 17 December 2008

Recently, we decided to visit hill station Matheran on vacation Reaching Matheran either by road or by train is a different experience, altogether. It’s better if we can go there by road (taxi or something) & come back by train or vice versa, because by doing so we can enjoy every moment of life there. Matheran is a Hill Station in real terms as no vehicles are allowed there; we have to walk up to the mountain either by riding on a horse or by walking. You will surprise to see the greenery around you, such a close to nature, marvelous!!
Matheran is a hill station with many beautiful view points (within 5 to 10 km). The waterfalls, the monkey point, the lovers point, the echo points, sun set point are all just charming. Jams, Jelly, Chickki are famous eatables in Matheran. Old architecture has been preserved in Matheran and most structures are now heritage structures.
Maximum good hotels are located about a kilometer from the main station, the rates are also OK. A hut or bungalow type accommodation is also possible for big families, to enjoy.

On seeing the beauty of the city, I decided to visit it every year.

7 Thank rasoni201
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1 review
2 helpful votes
“To rest on God's lap”
Reviewed 5 December 2008

really a very fantastic place. away from the busy mumbai, a place to call as nature's paradise. do not go for regular hotels to stay but the village motels converted into small living place with adequate living facility and within budget. cool and serene place. you see sunrise coming above the greenery mountains, you will forget everything and come down to the present, where only you can live.

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