This is one of my sudden trip , I had absolutely had no plans for 31st night , i wanted to do something different , not like a regular new year party bash.
I left for matheran on 31st evening, it was like me taking a chance, because i had not made any prior hotel bookings , and being new year 2018, it could have been impossible for me to get accommodation there .I travelled by local train got there at evening 6 pm, bargained a lot for my stay , finally could fetch one .
I started from Malad (western line) Mumbai ,I had to get to a point on the railway station map called Neral. Word of caution here: Neral is a town in the Raigad district of Maharashtra & comes on the Central Line. It is different from Nerul which is a part of New Bombay and comes on the harbor line. Upon reaching Neral, you have the option of taking the many Maruti Omni Vans lined up to cart tourists to Matheran as cars are not allowed beyond a point on the hill station or you can take the toy train which comes down every two hours.which would take us around 2 hours to reach Matheran.
Time-poor individuals like me 😉 looking to get away from the mad rush of city-life, is an Matheran, a hill station which is quite close to both Mumbai and Pune, and is inexpensive as well. Just the start of the year , my budget was low, moreover i dint wanna spend too much on a trip , so this hill station was the best option to me 🙂
I had finally escaped the mundane into the cradle of nature, amazing cold climate .It was only recently when I went again to Matheran after 20 long years, My Grandparents used to make a point that we all travel together, as soon as i saw the red soil , horses , toy train , i went into flashback, remembering the fun time with cousins like 20 years ago.
I had done to the beautiful hill station with red sand and hauntingly beautiful walks.
Horse : I visited few points on a horse and some walking down, now i am so looking forward to learn horse riding .
As with most hill stations, sightseeing at Matheran revolves around various Points from where assorted views unfold of mountains, sunset, sunrise and everything in between. The mandatory lake, the Charlotte Lake
Food: I am a very foodie person , love to hogg all the time, i can eat omelette for breakfast almost everyday 😉
I wanted to have plain, good natured fun; revel in the greenery & peace that the hill station was known to offer minus the frills and fancies that resorts offered while taking you away from the actual beauty of the hill station and while making you believe that you got what you had come there for
I was totally excited fir the Toy Train Ride, the ticket price was 65rs
– I AM A BEACH BABY …TOTALLY !!!!
But this time it was “Mountain calling ” I had to go 🙂 🙂 🙂
“peace and a glimpse of the mountain’s soul.”
Ready Reckoner : How to Reach Matheran like a solo traveller
- Take the central railway route and get down at Neral
- Either opt for a taxi that would take you up the hill or Take the Toy Train
- The Toy Train timings & fare can be accessed here
HAVE A GREAT DAY 🙂
LOTS OF LOVE , from the heart of a wanderlust , travel safe , enjoy and take care 🙂
Rise & Slay ❤