If you are looking for a weekend getaway from Mumbai or Pune, Matheran – The Queen Of Hill Stations is the place you must opt-in for. If you are a nature lover and soothing, pollution free environment with lots of greenery attracts you, Matheran is a must in your bucket list. One of the most sought destination for all Nature Lovers. Matheran hill station situated in Western Ghat mountain range in Raigadh District in Maharashtra at a height of 2620 feet above sea level. Wonderful panoramic view of mountains, pleasant atmosphere attracts the tourists from all over the world.
It’s one of the few places in the world where vehicles are not allowed. So, you need to reach Matheran hill station by horses or Toy train(if you don’t like though) which is one of the main attraction of Matheran. While traveling by Toy Train you will fall in love with the nature and its beauty. Once you start exploring Matheran you will get to know why it is called Queen of hills. Cold breeze, fresh air and pollution free atmosphere is the reason Matheran is one of the sought-after destinations for urbanites.
There are around 38 Matheran points of interest, but Panorama Point, King George Point, Echo Point, Heart Point, Porcupine Point, Charlotte Lake, Luisa Point are some of the main attractions. Panorama point gives you 360-degree view of the surrounding area and you can have a great view of sunset and sunrise. King George Point provides the incredible view of the waterfall when Charlotte Lake overflows. You need to believe Charlotte Lake is the main source of water in Matheran. Charlotte Lake has the amazing scenery around it which makes you fall in love with the nature. You can get to see the Luisa Point and Echo Point from Charlotte Lake.
The weather of Matheran is pleasant throughout the year, but the best time to go Matheran is between September to February, if you love monsoon then you must visit in between July to September as you can experience how significantly the whether changes in Matheran. The hill station is the heaven for trekkers. Trekking, rock climbing and paragliding activities can be enjoyed by the adventure junkies.
There are lots of hotels to stay, you can book a room online. If you are willing to visit on weekends then make sure you book your rooms in advance as the maximum tourist visit The Queen Of Hills on weekends coming from Mumbai and Pune.
How To Reach Matheran :
Matheran is well connected to Mumbai and Pune by road and train.
By Road :
From Pune : 125 Km
From Mumbai : 100 Km
You can park your vehicle at Dasturi Car Point and can take a horse ride or you can walk through towards The Queen Of Hills.
By Rail :
From Mumbai :
The nearest railway station from Mumbai is Neral. From Neral you can take Toy Train towards Matheran.
From Pune :
Catch Mumbai bound train and get off at Karjat, and need to catch the train going towards CST and get down at Neral station. From Neral you can take Toy Train towards Matheran.
Nearest Airport : Mumbai and Pune
So, what are you waiting for? Get your gang and hop into one of the best hill stations in the world.