Neral-Matheran Train journey

Matheran Rail Station

Matheran is a smallest Hill station of India. It is situated in Raigad district in Maharashtra.  It is located on the Western Ghat  range at an elevation of around 800 m (2,625 feet) above sea level. It is located around 90 km from Mumbai, and 120 km from Pune. Matheran’s proximity to the three Metros makes it a popular weekend getaway for urban residents. The name Matheran means either “forest on top” or “mother forest”
Matheran is an eco-sensitive region, declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. It is one of the few places in the world where vehicles are not allowed, which makes the place different from others. Matheran takes you over a hundred years back in time when there were no vehicles.Because of vehicles being banned in Matheran, the place is quite peaceful despite the thousands of visitors coming to visit throughout the year.There are lots of lookout points that provide spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Matheran has a reasonably dense forest cover.
There are around 38 designated look-out points in Matheran, including the Panorma Point that provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding area and also the Neral town. From this point, the view of sunset and sunrise is breathtaking.
Matheran has been declared an ecosensitive region by the Union Environment Ministry and can be called a Health Sanatorium in itself. The only form of automobile allowed in Matheran is an ambulance operated by the Municipality. No private automobiles are allowed. Within Matheran transport facilities available are horses and hand-pulled  rickshaws.
How to reach : Getting to Matheran is half the fun; It is well connected by rail from Mumbai and Pune up to Neral Junction Station, on the Central Line. From Neral a small Toy Train (Narrow gauge) takes you through a zigzag route of about 21 kms. to Matheran in two hours time. It’s a very scenic two hours journey as the train winds its way around the steep slopes.

11 responses to “Matheran

  1. sandipchavan

    01/02/2014 at 11:31 PM

    There are 35 odd beautiful natural sightseeing <a href=""points in Matheran. Don’t miss to visit Alexander Point, Echo Point, Charlotte Lake, King George Point as well as Louisa Point, Monkey Point, Sunset/Porcupine Point and Heart Point. Explore the beauty of nature in Matheran.

  2. Facts About India.

    25/06/2015 at 12:37 PM

    There is wide type of beauty in India and many are left advertised. Glad some bolgs are coming up with great content.


    07/08/2015 at 11:39 PM

    Hi Anil,
    I liked the topy train photographs .. I had been to Matheran last week and enjoyed the rainy season …. but missed toy train ride due to time constraint …Thank you for sharing the photographs 🙂 ..

    • Anil C. Mandal

      08/08/2015 at 12:06 AM

      Thanks Mahesh! Glad to know that you enjoyed the rainy season there! Its really good place to enjoy with good company. Thanks.

  4. Sanjukta

    08/07/2016 at 2:53 PM

    Hi, so how does one go about the place if no vehicle is allowed? I am planning to go from Mumbai next to next week. I want to take the toy train ride.

    • Anil

      08/07/2016 at 4:41 PM

      How to reach to the place should have been included. Anyway it will be done now. For your info. You don’t have to go by car, just take Karjat (Central line) bound local train from CST or Dadar or from any station on the Central line and get down at NERAL Junction station from where toy train starts. Advance reservation system for the toy train may be available. Check it. Toy train journey is enjoyable in zigzag ways and scenic beauty can be enjoyed if you are seated in the window seats. Better reserve the seats in advance, if you are going on holidays. Hope this will help you. Thank you!

      • Sanjukta

        09/07/2016 at 12:55 AM

        I just saw the news that the toy train service is suspended. In that case how to go from Neral to Matheran? Any rickshaw / bus available?

      • Anil

        09/07/2016 at 1:59 PM

        Earlier, upto certain height cars (may be Bus also) were allowed and from that point horse driven carts were available. I hv left Bombay long back. That time these were the means. Search the net, may get the details of present status/ info. Good luck.

  5. ranu802

    03/01/2017 at 9:00 PM

    Thank you for your visit, Anil. 🙂

    • Anil

      03/01/2017 at 9:49 PM

      Thanks for your visit to my post Matheran!


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