Because getting here is half
the fun! From Neral, take a tiny, narrow gauge
toy train up the 21 kms route to the hill. You
are faced with just two choices, train or walk,
and the trekking route is an 11 kms long climb!
The train twists, turns and slowly winds it's
way up the steep two-hour ascent to the center
of the town. Food and drink vendors cling to
the outside and at one time you pass through
the romantic One Kiss Tunnel.
Once here, apart from just soaking up the purity
of the place, you can enjoy a number of walking
tracks and the incredible views that Matheran
provides. From Porcupine, Monkey or Hart points on the north-west of
the hill, you can see the mesmerizing lights
of Mumbai on a clear night. Porcupine is also
a good point for catching the sunset but Panaroma
point at the extreme north, is famed for the
finest views. The western side, from Porcupine
to Louisa point is known as Cathedral Rocks,
and Neral can be seen far below. At the south,
near One Tree Hill, a trail down to the valley
below is known as Shivaji's Ladder,
so called because the Maratha leader is said
to have used it.
When it's time to pull yourself out of the magical
Matheran, do get a sample of the sinfully sweet
specialty—Chikki. So that when
you are back into the hum-drum of city life,
the sweet after-taste of Mantheran still lingers
- in your mouth and your mind.