Lovely people ! Last week I hike along the Matheran. It was a wonderful place and I had finally triggered all the strength and stamina.
Well for those who don’t know the place. Its Matheran(forest on the forehead- source wikipedia) a hill station in Raigand state of Maharashtra. Very close to Mumbai.
One could very well plan a stay for a day or two there are many resorts there else could very well come back in a day. The best part I enjoyed was the climb which was around 5km up the hill.
There are many view points and a lake. I had went for a day trip concentrating on the climb along obviously I was able to cover only two points, the “One hill top” and the “Belevedere Point”.
As it is quite near , I have planned to visit it once again to explore more places.
How to Reach: You can very well hire a taxi. Arrange for a trek from a village(organised by country club) or well follow the roadways.
Reach Thane Station, from there you need to catch the KARGAT train and get down at NERAL.
Kargat trains are not frequent you need to be mindful about the time if you happen to take the local train.
At NERAL , there is a toy train which goes to AMAN LODGE then Matheran. As of now it is stopped and will be working from OCT 15th as per the local station master. Still don’t worry many shared cabs which costs rupees 60/- for each seat till AMAN LODGE , which happens the last point to road services.
Once you reach Aman Lodge ,we need to get the enter ticket which is 35/- per person. You are now on the yellow brick road to Matheran.
There are horses and carriages available, you can either hire these or start walking to Matheran which is around 2 KM uphill from Aman Lodge.
Once again there is the toy track to follow or the horse route to follow up. If you think you have stamina check it in the horse route.
After reaching Matheran once again you can either walk or take the horse to reach to the points.
During Winters ,preferably in the month of Dec-Jan. Even in October it was crowded , but the heat was too much.
HOW TO DRESS:
Well it is a hill station obviously it is going to be cool. NO wrong, it was really hot. But I heard it becomes really cool during winters. Do check the weather before you leave.
You can pair a comfortable tshirt and jean with sturdy shoes.A hat will definitely protect you from the scotching sun.
WHAT TO TAKE:
We planned a proper trek and took water bottles,first aid kit and snacks. Well it was heavy, everything is available at regular intervals so dont have the trouble of planning it meticulously.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
It is a perfect place for having a hike and spending your weekend well. There are lots of spots and shops also some entertainment were there. Best to spend with friends and younger couples.
Kids and middle aged people. Those with knee problem or any health conditions should be taking risk as I feel the only reach is through train(which is not regular) or horse. The walk is really tiresome. If you’re planning to bring aged people , then better see to it if the trains are running.
THINGS TO DO:
Please walk good for health and increases your stamina. There is a play are where you or kids can play games like shooting and bet games.
Monkeys a lot are there, who vicious snatch away the eatables. Otherwise I would say it is nothing to worry.
OTHER POINTS TO BE NOTED:
If you plan to go by walk, remember it is going to pain stretch well before you sleep that day. It will definitely compensate all those missed gym sessions and motivate you further.
WILL I GO AGAIN:
Yes in the month of December or January.