Matheran: The Only Hill Station In Asia Where No Vehicles Are Allowed
A small eco-friendly hill station and one of the top hill stations in India in Maharashtra, on the outskirts of Mumbai, is Matheran. It is about 2,625 feet above sea level. Matheran is a hill station in Maharashtra with red mud that will take you to your childhood as you enjoy the playing outdoors, horses to take you around, monkeys waiting to welcome you and snatch your trek snacks, and the lush green jungle and waterfalls. Doesn’t it make you remember your childhood? Well, never mind, you can still enjoy all the same things even after growing up.
You can go for a day trek to Matheran with some of my friends in monsoon, and everything is full of greenery, with waterfalls pouring out of the mountains and monkeys waiting to loot the travellers.
Let us tell you that if you want a quick getaway from your busy city life and corporate stress, this is the best place you can plan for.
Why choose Matheran?
- This is an eco-sensitive hill station announced by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. We need to support such places because it is good for our environment and for us to be surrounded by untouched places. Additionally, you don’t need to go far away from the City to enjoy the rains.
- You are far away from the City’s hustle-bustle and also from air and noise pollution, yet you aren’t very far to get back home in one day.
- Experience Asia’s only eco-friendly hill station that has banned any sort of automobiles from entering its boundaries to conserve the place.
- The fun thing is to walk/hike up or go on horseback. The locals prefer bicycles too, something which we city mongers have totally forgotten.
- They also have a particular cell of garbage police, with a fine of Rs.1000 if anyone happens to litter the streets.
How To Reach Matheran?
You can take a train from Mumbai and get down at Neral station, and the trains are empty on weekends, so do not worry about getting crushed in the Mumbai crowd. From Neral station, you can take a cab to the foothills of Matheran (Aman Lodge), and that’s when you enter this relatively little town away from all the hustle-bustle and mainly the noise and air pollution. If you live in Pune, you can take the Sahyadri Express. You can take the toy train from Aman Lodge, go on horseback, or hike up. If you plan to stay here and carry luggage, it’s best to opt for the train option.
Points To Remember
Please make a point to leave the town by 5:30 pm at the most, as it gets very dark and can be risky on your way down to get a cab back to Neral station or home. We were a little late, and we could barely see anything on our path while hiking downwards, plus it started to pour! Walking in the dark takes around 3-4 hours to come all the way down.
Take all the trek essentials, such as a flashlight for the night path, water bottle, snacks and food if you get stuck anywhere, raincoats if you visit during the monsoon and non-slippery good hiking shoes.
What All Can You Do In Matheran?
- Louisa Point
- Rock Climbing
- Neral-Matheran Toy Train
- Dodhani Waterfalls
- Chanderi Caves Trek
- Kalavantin Pinnacle Trek
- Porcupine Point for Sunset