Exploring Matheran-Asia’s first automobile free Hill Station.

Hello Guys! Namaste, Flavours of India is Back with Travel blog. In this blog, I will be sharing the most blissfully free city from Motor vehicles and non-polluting city of India. It is Asia’s automobile-free hill station. So, lets get more detail on Asia’s first automobile-free hill station which is famously known as ‘MATHERAN’.

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About Matheran

Matheran is a hill station and it is all about scenic and panoramic view from hill station. It is place where you can relish, laze and refresh yourself from all your busy schedule of life, noisy atmosphere, air pollution and get reinvigorate yourself from all green lush with zero pollution of hill station. It amidst the Sahyadri range on western Ghats. It is smallest hill station of India. It is cosy little hill station that located at an elevation of 2600 feet (800 m) above sea level and it is around 100km away from Mumbai and around 120km from Pune. Which make perfect weekend gateway. Matheran means ‘overhead forest’.

When you step into this small hill station ‘Matheran’. You will be transported back to a picturesque old era of red-soils roads, free from pollution, automobile free place, and green lush jungle around hills. Because, of its all green lush, automobile free and sustainable environment that attracts thousands of Tourists every day. Matheran is one of few automobile-free hill cities in world.

The best thing about Matheran is Toy Train. These toy-train transfer the passengers from Neral station to Matheran among the shady greenery, which also gives the best scenic view from train. The toy train of Matheran is one of the five historic mountain railways currently operating in India.

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Below are five historic mountain railways of India. I am sharing the list of 5 historic mountain railways for information purpose only.

  1.  Kalka-Shimla Railway, Himachal Pradesh, India
  2.  Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, West Bengal, India
  3.  Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Tamil Nadu, India
  4.  Matheran Hill Railway, Maharashtra, India
  5.  Kangra Valley Railway, Himachal Pradesh, India.

What else you need? When you are surrounded with most sustainable environment with all green lush and passing through the hilly terrain in toy train with all scenic and panoramic view.

Top sightseeing to explore in Matheran

  •       Panorama point
  •       Monkey point
  •       Echo point
  •       Alexander point
  •       City Shopping
  •       Matheran toy Train
Panorama Point

Image By-Yash Bhavsar | Panorama Point

This point itself says lot about it, ‘Panorama means-it gives wide view’. if you want extreme adventure in life. you have to visit this place. How to reach this place? One can take a horse and have a great view of main city and while going through the hilly terrain of mountain just enjoy jumpy ride on along the rocky unpaved road, and which will take around one hour from main city. The other option is to take Toy-Train and trek for around 2km on rocky path. When you reached at this point, you will explore the great panoramic view from the mountain and capture the 360 view from your camera and have look from your eyes too. It offers the sunset with a perfect vivid hues of orange sky in evening and sunrise with vivid hues of blue sky in morning. Just take a panoramic picture of this Point and save it in memories and your travel Diaries.

Monkey point

Image By-Yash Bhavsar | Monkey Point

As the name suggests, this place is frequented by gangs of monkeys. Monkey point is best place to explore in Matheran for sightseeing tour. The moment you step in for monkey point. You have to be careful from the gangs of playful monkeys who might pull out your food from your bag as well as sometimes spectacles and cameras too. The gangs of monkeys are very fun and frolic in nature. the monkey point is set on top of cliff and carpeted with green lush. The best to time to explore this Monkey points is from July to December. When the place gives you the most charm views of cheerful waterfalls striding down through cliff and thus, capture all beautiful scene on Camera and save it in memories and your travel Diaries.

Echo point

Image By-Yash Bhavsar | Echo Point

As the name suggests, this point is famous for the resonance and echoes it generates. The echo point in Matheran creating its own illustration of physics lesson of the acoustics of echoing. This place is for foodies who love to eat all local foods. The place has variety of shops that provide flavourful local Maharashtrian snacks at a reasonable rate. The destination is also famous for its natural beauty. and thus, capture all beautiful scene on Camera and save it in memories and your travel Diaries.

Alexander point

Image By-Yash Bhavsar | Alexander Point

Alexander point is almost 2km from marketplace and easy to reach in terms of distance. You walked through narrow path of red soils and passing between green lush and interacting with green trees. It is perfect picturesque place. This point has some snacks stall which serves fresh juice, soda and local Maharashtrian snacks to fill your hunger. The view of sunrise from this point is mesmerising and which make us feel very fresh and energetic. It offers a great view from the top peak point of it. and thus, capture all beautiful scene on Camera and save it in memories and your travel Diaries.

City Shopping

The city shopping is very famous for tourist attraction. One can shop here leather Goods, Kolhapuri Chappals, Dried Wildflowers, cane items, chikkis and local honey. All these items are available in local stores of Matheran Hill station. The place has plenty of local items to offer to the tourists. Whenever, you visit Matheran just buy these local items and try to support #Vocal for Local.

Matheran Toy Train

Image By-Yash Bhavsar | Toy Train Railroad

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The Matheran hill Railway is narrow gauge heritage railway in Maharashtra. The distance from Neral Station to Matheran Station is 21km and passes through forest in Western Ghats. The toy train has three halts in between. i.e. Jummapatti, Waterpipe and Aman Lodge. The Journey time is 2 hours, 30 minutes. All these four stations are provided with solar power plant and wind mill including energy efficient light and fans. These things make ‘Matheran’ a perfect Sustainable Hill City.

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How to reach Matheran?

By Air- The nearest airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai. and, you can Book a cab from CSMIA to reach Matheran, nearly 100km.

By Train – The nearest Railway Station to Matheran is in Neral (21 kilometres). From there, you can take Toy-train which runs on daily basis. The journey time in Toy-Train is around 2hours,30minutes. 

Fares Details of Toy-Train-

  • Second Class Ticket fare
  • Between Neral and Matheran: Adult Rs45/-, child Rs30/-
  • First Class Ticket fare
  • Between Neral and Matheran: Adult Rs300/-, child Rs180/- 

By Road – you can hire taxi from Neral and reach Matheran by road in less than 30 minutes and if you, have your own car you can easily reach from anywhere across India to Matheran by road.

Best Season to visit Matheran

The best time to visit Matheran is post monsoon between October to December. When the monsoon has just retreated and winter has just begun and the temperature is cool and perfect for sightseeing.

Visit this beautiful, scenic, sustainable hill station whenever you plan for your short trip of 3 to 4 days and Just create your beautiful lifetime memories with your family, friends and loved-ones at Asia’s first automobile free hill station famously called as ‘Matheran’.

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