Mathern is simply a place to relish the nature’s riches, kick- back and relax, and enjoy a tranquil holiday. Simply head to this beautiful hill town, located near Mumbai and Pune in the state of Maharashtra, and relish the best of your holiday in the laps of the nature.
Matheran, a beautiful hill town neighbouring the commerce capital of the nation, umbai, is one of the most visited tourist towns in India.
One thing that sets the town apart from the other hill stations and tourist destinations in India, is that the town is completely motorvehicles banned town. This means that no motorvehicle is allowed to pass the boundaries of the town, making it one of the most unspoiled and unpolluted towns in the country. It is because of this that the town still oozes with its old world charm with much of its verdant regions still being uncharted.
Ideally set on the magnificent regions of the Raigad district in the state of Maharashtra, the town is actually a plateau capped by reasonably dense forest and home to a large and diverse species of flora and fauna. During summers the town is flocked by the locals of nearby cities like Mumbai and Karjat etc. It is a perfect escapade from the burning summer heat and the chaos of typical city life. The best time for Matheran tour is after the monsoon, as it is at this time period when all the waterfalls, lakes, and other water bodies are full with water, and the whole region is bestowed with lush greenery. However, the town is stuffed with visitors almost throughout the year.
Tourism is the dominant contributor of economy here. As a tourist destination, Matheran is perfect for a sojourn trip. It is a small town and most of the tourist attractions are easily accessible from anywhere in the town. The town is simply a bliss to the nature enthusiasts. Simply strolling at the clean pedestrian friendly roads/streets of the town on a sunny day and relishing the best of nature is an activity to take pleasure of. In fact, walking is the most preferred way of exploring the town. Rickshaws and horse pulled tongas are also available. The town is as every bit as beautiful as one has heard and your trip of the town will simply be a journey to remember. The most popular places to visit in Matheran include: Rambaug Point,Panorama point, Monkey Point, Echo Point, Khandala Point, Charlotte Lake, Honeymoon Hill, Mount Barry, Malang Point, Little Chowk Point, Olympia, Alexandar Point, Paymasters Park, Luisa Point, , Lords Point, Sunset(Porcupine) Point, One tree Hill, Garbut point, Chowk Point, and Artist Point.
Another worth mentioning attraction of the town is the toy train crawling its way through the zigzag track up the hill from Neral to Matheran. Though, the distance is just 20 km but due to the steep slope it takes over two hours to complete the journey. Good thing is that the route passes through several scenic spots of the town, offering a memorable experience. Finally, a must do activity before one sums up his trip, is valley crossing. The task is to cross a steep valley on a rope from one end of the hill to the other. It is dangerous but safe and fun.
Coming to accommodations in the town, there exists a good range of Matheran hotels , effectively catering to all the stay needs of all types of travellers. There are the humble cheap hotels to the uber luxurious modern hotels. Simply choose your accommodation carefully and relish the best of nature and the town.