Amid the green Jambol forest, situated at 803 meters (2,636 ft) above sea level, Matheran is the most splendid hill-station in Maharashtra and one of the smallest hill-station in India. It covers an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadris. Its pastoral beauty is especially pristine, thanks to a blanket motor transport ban.
Matheran is the closest hill station to Mumbai and Pune. Mr. Hugh Poyntz Malet, the then Collector of Colaba (now Raigad) discovered Matheran (meaning "forest on the top")
Matheran Light Railway is a heritage nominated railway in Maharashtra, India. Matheran is 110 km. away from Mumbai on Mumbai-Pune rail route. A narrow gauge toy train from Neral (87 km. from Mumbai) meanders up the mountain, taking the tourists through breathtaking view. Matheran Light Railway was built between 1901 & 1907 by Hon’ble Abdul Hussein Adamjee Peerbhoy, financed by his father Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy at the cost of Rs.16,00,000. ( Gold was then Rs. 18/- a tola ). Abdul Hussein Adamjee Peerbhoy (popularly known as Matheran Railway wala) was the son of a renowned businessman Sir Adamjee Peerbhoy of Bombay. This 2-foot narrow gauge hill railway, connecting Neral-Matheran was opened to traffic in 1907. covers a distance of 20 kilometers ( 12.67 miles) GETTING THERE The nearest airport is Bombay (Mumbai), around 100 km away.
From Mumbai, one can take a local train to Neral, where a tiny toy train waits to take people to Matheran. Mumbai to Neral takes around two hours, while the toy-train journey takes an hour and a half to two hours.
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There are around 38 scenic points to see, includes Sun Rise and Sun Set. Besides the scenic points there are some Gardens and a Lake which supplies water to the hill station.
Matheran is beautiful though out the year but the best season to visit Matheran is between October to May.