Matheran-The Queen of Hill Stations
Matheran literally means the jungle on the top. Matheran is approximately 100 kms from Mumbai. But it is infact a mere 40 kms from the suburb I live. I have been there at least 20 times since my childhood. The best among them are some of the roadtrips (bike & car) in monsoon.
Allmost all of the hill stations in India were discovered by British Officers working for the British Raj. Matheran was discovered by Hugh Poyntz Malet, the then district collector of Thane district in May 1850. Lord Elphinstone, the then Governor of Bombay laid the foundations of the development as a future hill station. Matheran was very popular among the British to beat the summer heat in the region. Similarly rich Indian business communities like Parsis,Bohras built their palatial mansions & bunglows which still boast of their colonial charm.
One of the main attractions of Matheran is the Heritage toy train. It was built in between 1901 & 1907 by the Adamjee Peerbhoy father son duo.
Neral, the starting point, is about midway between Mumbai and Pune. The railway covers a distance of 20 km (12.43 mi), over large swathes of forest territory connecting Neral to Matheran in the Western Ghats hills near Karjat and Mumbai.
The line was generally closed in the monsoons because of the danger of landslides. Starting in the 1980s, the line was kept open often even in the rainy season.
The line observed its centenary on April 15th, 2007.
The railways comes under the administration of the Central Railways and is being promoted as a future World Heritage Site.
It has got various miniature railway stations on it's route such as Jummapatti, Waterpipe etc.
Matheran is the tinniest hill station in the world & the only pedestrian destination in Asia. The best thing about Matheran is that no vehicles are allowed here so you can enjoy your walks in the pollution free climate.
This is the picture taken from the overflow Of Charlotte Lake. It's also called as the Death Point. The tiny sleepy town has got many such scenic points (in fact 38). Louisa pt,Lion head, Echo pt, Malet spring, porcupine pt, Panorama pt, Garbut pt, one tree hill are among the main.