इतर ब्लॉगवर सर्व वाचकांचे स्वागत आहे
Hey, don’t worry we won’t write any more Marathi, because we don’t even know more of it! It was just to bring the feel of the region we are going to visit today (now please don’t ask for a ‘Lavni’ video for feel).
Let’s walk through Maharashtra this time. Let’s go to India’s only automobile free hill station and one of the smallest hill stations of India. Sahyadri mountain range is approximately 1600Km long which covers Kerela, Tamilnadu, Karnatak, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat. In sahyadri mountain range 2625 ft high Matheran is a must visit place of Maharashtra.
It’s named as forest on the forehead. It is the only hill station in which vehicles are not allowed (Only one vehicle i.e. Ambulance is kept here). So it’s not suggested to go there with infants or elders with problem of Knee joints. There is option of horse riding; one can use horses to move around in Matheran though.
Being vehicle free hill station it also can be said ‘oxygen tank’. If we stay here for couple of days our lungs get definitely charged for years. Forest here stays green through out the year. Dense forest with high trees creates good fog around.
Out of 38 viewpoints here, most are commonly seen on all hill stations, like sun set point, sun rise point, echo point etc. Some points are having beautiful view like panorama view point, one tree hill point, Louisa point etc. The water supply of the area is supplied by ‘Charlotte Lake’. Lake on the hill has all the different experience. When post monsoon the lake over flaws, streams are found around.
As we said earlier Matheran is a small ‘Hill station’. So in case you are fit and fond of walking, you can move around in 11 Number bus! HaHaHa that means you can walk through all scenic points of Matheran. If you have aged people or children with you, you have option of hiring a horse. By the way horse riding is bit costlier there! And bargain is suggested.
Due to pure oxygen in abundance, you hardly feel tired of walking. In rainy season mud can irritate you. Early morning can break without alarm, chirping of birds will definitely wake you up. Walking around all the time will exhaust you enough so you can sleep early. That also reminds us of laborers here; their life is full of hardships. Imagine about a hill station which is always full of tourists, they need so many things and those things can’t be sent there by vehicles as it’s prohibited. So people pull carts up around 5 kilometer.. Just imagine how hard they must be sleeping after such a heavy day!
Major benefit here is problem in mobile coverage! Once you reach there no one can easily disturb you. Matheran is too small so one can walk down in couple of days with proper sleep. Surprisingly most owners of hotels and bungalows are Gujaratis (so don’t expect discounts)… tea and meals here are really tasty.
Matheran is 90 Km from Mumbai and 120 Km from Pune. There are local trains from Mumbai to Neral station. Matheran is about 21 Km from Neral. There is a toy train available from Neral to Matheran but it was not functioning the time we went to Matheran. Train is quite slow, so not advisable during summer, You can get shared or private vehicle from Neral to Dasturi point, which is 11 Km away from Matheran. There one has to pay entry fees which is Rs. 50 each for adult and 25 per child. One can get in toy train from here also. There is a tracking route from Dasturi point to Matheran for trackers. There is one more track route from village ‘Doghani’ to sun set point. Doghani is 15 Km away from Panvel.
So for charging lungs, to understand importance of peace, to get a break from social media, to experience jungle and give quality time to loved ones माथेरानला भेटलेच पाहिजे..
Finally in Matheran we got local free guide… a Dog… Yes a stray dog! It came by itself and started leading us everywhere! With its help we could move around easily. Have you ever been to Matheran? Have you ever met such a dog? Do mention in comment. If you haven’t been to Matheran we suggest you to go and feel free for any suggestions.