This year when the Queen of Hills, Shimla is requesting you not to visit her; let’s explore some other mesmerizing hill stations in India. Let Shimla take some rest as of now. So that we can go back to her when she is on the top of her charm. In the meantime let’s explore Matheran -One of the Best Hill Stations to Visit in Monsoons.
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Matheran -One of the Best Hill Stations to Visit in Monsoons:
Matheran means “Forest on the Forehead” of the Mountains. It is the smallest hill station in India. Matheran is in Maharashtra, India. It is 62.4 KMs from Thane and about 200KMs from Pune.
There are total 38 points to view in Matheran. However, only seven points are marked on boards showing directions. Also, from the tourism point of view, only these seven points are being promoted.
How Much Time Required to Visit Matheran?
Matheran is a hill station where you can visit even for a day’s trip. And, staying overnight is always an option for you. If you are visiting for a day’s trip, then you should visit the seven highlighted viewpoints. However, if you are visiting Mathern for a couple of days, you can explore this little hill station completely. That means you can visit each and every viewpoint out of 38 viewpoints on the Map.
Things to do in Matheran:
Matheran is one of the best Hill Stations to Visit in Monsoons.
- Here, all you can do is indulge in nature. Nothing else to do. If you are a nature lover and looking for a hill station to visit in monsoons, visit Matheran. Visiting Matheran in monsoons will give a memory for a lifetime to cherish. Apart from this, you will enjoy the charm of the mother nature to the fullest. Your mind, body & soul will get rejuvenated to the limit of possibility.
However, from the tourism point of view, the following points are demarked for the tourists:
And, for those who want to explore this smallest hill station in India on their own, here is the map. Go ahead, this smallest and one of the best hill station to visit in monsoon is all yours:
Charlotte Lake cum Dam cum Waterfall is something is worth visiting.
If you are planning for a couple of days trip, then make yourself available for the sunrise & sunset at their respective points on Sun’s scheduled time to rise and do down. Trust me, you will get an amazingly mind-blowing view.
Flying cottony clouds all over the place. When these cottony clouds cover the mountains for a moment, it seems like nothing is there beyond the edge of the land you are standing. As if there is a huge valley beyond the edge of the land you are standing. And, the very next moment, when these playful clouds fly away, what you see leaves you speechless, the huge beautifully green mountains that too so very near to the peace of land you are standing on.
There is a small market in Matheran, where you can shop for footwear. Since you are visiting Matheran in monsoons, there is a high possibility that your existing footwear urges you to leave them on this beautiful smallest hill station. Apart from footwear shops, there are a few other shops where you will get items of clothing, necessary items of daily use, eatables, sweets & a few Gift Shops. The market is not too big and doesn’t expect a lot to shop here.
Where to Stay in Matheran?
There are many lodges & hotels to stay in Matheran -One of the Best Hill Stations to Visit in Monsoons. There is a government lodge at Dasturi Stand. However, if you want a luxurious stay with swimming pool & spa for you to enjoy, get yourself a room book in Adamo Resort or in Kumar Plaza. Not only the facilities but the location of these two resorts are perfect. It’s the center of this smallest hill station Matheran.
How to Reach Matheran-One of the Best Hill Stations to Visit in Monsoons?
From Thane or CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) station, there is direct local to Neral. From Thane, it will cost you INR 15.00 for a regular second class ticket. And, from CSMT, it is INR 25.00 for the same ticket.
From Neral, you will get a sharing taxi to Dasturi Stand. The ticket is INR 80.00 per head.
At Dasturi Stand, you will have to take a ticket to enter Matheran. This entry ticket will cost you INR 60.00.
From Dasturi Stand, you have options to reach Matheran -A Hill Station to Visit in Monsoons. Options are:
Horse – INR 500.00 to INR 1200.00
Toy Train – INR 45.00 for a second-class ticket; INR 300.00 for a first class ticket; and, an adventurous journey in the hills
On Foot – Free; A 30 minutes walk along the railway track with mesmerizing view on the way
Choose your option. I would suggest a toy train to Matheran from Aman Lodge Station. This station is at a distance of 5 minutes walk from Dasturi Stand. While heading back to Dasturi Stand, a 30 minutes walk along the railway track is advisable. Rest is your choice.
To make your trip hassle-free and completely enjoyable, don’t forget to buy a polythene bag raincoat and a plastic hat at Dastori Stand. Each costs INR 30.00. And, you are good to explore India’s smallest and one of the best hill stations to visit in monsoon.
What to Eat in Matheran -One of the Best Hill Stations to Visit in Monsoons?
Start with this and then pick anything you want from the list given below. However, Masala Maggi & Bhajiye are must-haves:
Here is the list:
Pan is the best option to end your munching or meal.
Have you finalized your date to be in “Matheran -One of the Best Hill Stations to Visit in Monsoons”? These pictures of this smallest hill station in India will help you: