Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Time stops at Matheran

Matheran Echo Point Monkey April
Matheran Echo Point FriendsThe funny thing was, I had not even heard about this place before. Matheran, situated approximately 90 kms from Mumbai and 120 kms from Pune, is the smallest hill station in India. The most remarkable fact about Matheran has to be that motorized vehicles are not allowed here.  

Matheran Toy Train Neral Karishma Rawat
From Neral to Matheran by Toy-train

I visited this place with my very good friends Bijender, Parth and Vartika (in alphabetical order :P.) To get there we booked a cab for a day and it only cost us around 2000 rupees to and fro. As I have mentioned vehicles are not allowed in Matheran, we travelled till Neral in our cab and then took a Toy Train from there. The earlier you take the toy train the better, as it gets pretty hot later on. By the way I heard that the toy-train is closed during the monsoon season.

We reached Matheran around noon and although we weren’t tired, we decided to check into a resort as it was too hot for site seeing and we were getting hungry anyway. There are a lot of resorts in Matheran bustling throughout the year with tourists. After comparing the prices of two-three resorts, we checked into a resort named Horse-land.

Matheran Evening April Friends Dog Walking

In the evening we made a move from the resort.
Plenty of guides kept on offering to show us the attractions and lookout points (which are many), but we chose to explore the hill station on our own. In the shades of dusk, Matheran transformed into a magical place. 

Matheran Dogs Stray
All the doggies we met! There were a lot of strays and they were very friendly. That orange doggie followed us everywhere, we named him Bittu.
matheran echo point
View from Echo Point. And yes we shouted random crap here.

Matheran Lord Point Boy Evening

Matheran the forehead of hills

Matheran Evening house
Garden Matheran Scary Evening
Okay this is kind of a stalking photograph, but this garden looked intriguing. It reminds me of the book cover of 'Midnight in the garden of good and evil.'
matheran girl dog evening
Aww Bittu!

We covered Echo point, Chorlette Lake, and a place that we think was Lord Point. Our visit was only for a day, so as night approached we walked till 'Aman Lodge' to get to our cab. We visited this hill station in the last week of April, and I can only imagine how beautiful this place would be in the monsoons. With its pristine beauty and soothing
exquisiteness, Matheran is the perfect weekend getaway.

So tell me, what place near your city makes for a great escape?



  1. So pretty cant wait to go there with Rahul :D
    Love the pictures Karishma :D
    xoxo <3


    1. Yes Shanaya do plan a visit there. It is so close for us anyway. :)

  2. Perfect travel diary & you look gorgeous as ever. I had visited Matheran in 2007 December.It was chilly and i loved every bit of it.I even got my new sandals soiled due to the red soil :D


    1. Oh yes even my feet were red due to the soil by the end of the day!
      Thanks for stopping by Ila :)

  3. I LOVE Matheran, especially since its car-free.....have been going there since I was a child. And my boys love it too so we go there at least once a year :)

  4. First, you look as beautiful as ever. And lovely travel pics. I haven't visited Matheran since my school days. So wanna go there are seeing these pics.
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  5. beautiful snaps :) the first 3 snaps are wow :) following you :)

  6. cool pictures ....nature looks so bful