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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chill at Hills: Matheran

Matheran is an eco-sensitive region, declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. It is one of the few places in the world where vehicles are not allowed, which makes the place different from others. Lushing greeneries, serene environments and unpolluted ambience, Matheran is a fantastic tourist destination at a height of about 2516 feet above sea level in Maharashtra state of India. Matheran, the jungle on the top, was developed by British after it was located in 1850 by the British Officer Hugh Mallet, who was the Collector of Thane.

Matheran takes you over a hundred years back in time when there were no vehicles. Because of vehicles being banned in Matheran, the place is quite peaceful despite the thousands of visitors coming to visit throughout the year.

Matheran is a nature’s gift, with 38 peak points for an enthusiastic tourist to take refuge from the day to day hardships of modern life. These points include Panorama point, Echo point, Charlotte Lake, King George point and Louisa point. The Paymaster Park and Panthers’ Caves are two prime picnic spots for any one can enjoy the natural pleasures; especially children will enjoy these grandeur places. Matheran with the undulated hilly regions with the treasures of natural beauty is one of the best summer retreats to keep away from the scorching mercury levels in the down plain cities.

The stunning views of the landscapes from the cliffs of Matheran offer memorable experiences for life long. The Hart point, one of the scenic spot, offer breathtaking views of multicolored lights of Mumbai city in the serene and cold nights. A two hour journey through the undulated hilly roads by bus can take the tourists to this imposing picturesque location. Soft cool breeze welcome you to this nature’s gift.

Luxurious as well as decent boarding and lodging facilities are available to suit every pocket. The bazaar in Matheran offer excellent shopping facilities to shopping freaks.

Points to see;

 Alexander Pt.

 Rambag Pt

 Little Chowk Pt

 Big Chowk Pt

 One Tree Hill Pt

 Belvedere Pt

 Olympia Race Course

 Lords Pt

 Charlotte Lake

 Celia Pt (Actually a water fall mouth)

 Echo Pt.

 Porcupine Pt (Sun Set Pt)

 Panorama Point (Sun Rise Pt)

 Khandala Pt

 Madhavji Garden & Point

 Matheran Railway Station

 Louisa Point

 Mayra Point

Whether –

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.

How to reach

Bus - Mumbai-Neral-Matheran, 108 kms. State Transport buses ply from Mumbai and Pune to Neral.

Train - Mumbai-Neral, 90 kms. Neral-Matheran, 21 kms, Pune-Neral, 120 kms. (Neral-Matheran mountain train)

Air - Nearest airport is Mumbai, 100 kms.


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