Toy Train - Not a good choice for tourist
I have seen travel recommendations to take the Toy Train to/from Matheran. From my 3 experiences, I have come to the conclusion that it is not a viable option for tourists.
In 2009, we tried to get on the train after paying for our entry fee, and were told visitors can only board from the starting station.
In 2010, we went to the starting station, only to learn that the train was not operating that day. I couldn't find any info in advance concerning this online.
In 2012, we got a little smarter and were checking some 3km away whether the train was operating. After being given the affirmative, we reached the train station some 15min later, only to find out that a) the train has been delayed by 1 hour, 2) there was limited capacty (the board said max 30 pax but the station manager was uncertain, 3) the ticket booth was not selling and there was a long queue in front of it. We were not given info when the ticket booth will open and whether the capacity would have been reached before it came to our turn.
Conclusion : Just park at the highest car park and walk up 2.6km.
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trains from mumbai cst to neral
Deccan express is the one that starts from mumbai cst at 7.10 am and reaches neral at 8.40 am. The train number is 1007. There is pune holiday sp train no-101B, and also koyna express train no- 1029. http://www.trainenquiry.com u can use the above site and find any or all the trains that is running between two stations.Take care and happy touring
The Heritage Train
Matheran is situated at approximately 8 kms from Neral. Neral is well connected to Mumbai & Pune by road, train. From Neral you can go by the century old toy train(soon going to be included in heritage) as well as a road on the hilly terrain. In Matheran you can just walk or hire man pulled cart or horse.
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- Horse Riding
TINIEST HILL STATION
Matheran is situated in the Matheran range of sahyadris at a height of 2516 feet. To reach Matheran one has to first reach Neral. Neral is well connected to Mumbai by rail and road. From Neral, Matheran can be reached by a narrow gauge railway or by taxies. Railway function normally in summer and winter season. Taxies leave you at Dasturi Naka, where after paying tax you can proceed towards Bazarpeth. Train directly takes you to the bazarpeth. One can even reach Matheran by foot.
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