Matheran .

January 4, 2021 By Swapnil Suryawanshi

Matheran is a hill station and a municipal council in Karjat Tahsil in the Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Matheran is part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Matheran is one of the smallest hill stations in India. It is located on the Western Ghats range at an elevation of around 800 m (2,625 feet) above sea level. It is about 90 km from Mumbai, and 120 km from Pune. Matheran’s proximity to many metropolitan cities makes it a weekend getaway for urban residents. Matheran, which means “forest on the forehead” (of the mountains) is an eco-sensitive region, declared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate ChangeGovernment of India. It is Asia’s only automobile-free hill station.

History :

Matheran in 1911

Matheran was identified 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. The British developed Matheran as a resort to beat the summer heat in the region. Matheran is the birthplace of freedom fighter Veer Bhai Kotwal. He was born on 1 December 1912 in a Barber family. The state government has built a monument in his memory. The Matheran Hill Railway was built in 1907 by Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy and covers a distance of 20 km (12 mi), over large swathes of forest territory. 

Matheran - Tripoto

Which is the best time to visit Matheran :

Which is the best time to visit Matheran? A: October to November is the best time to visit Matheran as the intense monsoon showers have eased out and the hill station appears cloaked in green.

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How can I go to Matheran :

The closest railhead to Matheran is in Neral (21 kilometres). You can get on the Deccan Express from Mumbai or the Sahyadri Express from Pune; both ply every day. From Neral you will have to go to Matheran by road, which is a 30-minute journey. Many local trains on the Mumbai-Karjat route also stop at Neral.

External links :

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Matheran.
  •  Matheran travel guide from Wikivoyage

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Matheran.
  •  Matheran travel guide from Wikivoyage