Situated on Rajghar district 118 kms north west of Pune and 85 kms from Mumbai is Matheran, one of the most serene and magnificent hill stations of Maharashtra.
The closest hill station to Mumbai, Matheran ( which means “Mother Forest”) lies at the height of 2563 ft above sea level. This picturesque town is located in the green forested Sahyadris Hills. This little town has been a popular hill getaways for many Mumbaikars for a very long time now.
A railway line was laid here in 1907 and a lovely quaint toy train still winds its way slowly through the green hills from the junction at Neral. The best and the most unique part of Matheran is that kinds of motor vehicles are completely banned within the limits of the town making it a real quite, serene and pollution free place despite so many tourists visiting it , specially so on weekends.
The Best Attractions of Matheran
Matheran has as many as 33 lookout points , lakes and trekking trails. The best attractions are
Sunset Point or Porcupine Point
This is favorite with the sightseers due to its spectacular sunsets and great views
This is one of the spots in the hill station that offers some of the most picturesque views of the area. And as the name suggests this is a favoured point where people go for hearing echoes from the hills.
This place offers you views of the ruined Prabal Fort and a famed mountain trail called the Shivaji’s ladder.
One of the most impressive viewpoints from where on a clear day one can see Mumbai at a distance.
Charlotte also known as Sharlott Lake is a beautiful lake and a popular picnic spot. The ancient Pisarnath Temple near the lake is an added attraction here.
Other than these place one can also visit the various other points,the Morbre dam and the pretty churches like the St. Paul’s Anglican Church while here.
The adventure lovers must try Zip lining at Matheran. Its the longest zip line near Mumbai at 1300 Feet. It starts from the Alexander Point and ends at Rambaug point.
Trekking is another very popular activity here. Matheran has a multi trodden path known as the Shivaji’s ladder, which leads fron One Tree Hill to the valley below.
The Sahyadri hills looks all the more beautiful and green after the monsoons, when the hills are green and full of wild flowers with cascading waterfalls that seem to appear at very wild turn.
Matheran is a unique vehicle free hill station that offers you the much needed serenity and peace away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visit Matheran for a charming and comforting weekend.