You may travel on horseback or hand pulled rickshaws only other than wandering on your feet. Matheran is a travel destination in Maharashtra holding the unique status of remaining free of automobiles.
It is a municipality as well as a hill station, in Raigad District of Maharashtra. It is said to be a forest at the forehead (Matheran) of the Sahayadris in the Western Ghats and it is green and small. The Forest Department has declared it an eco- awareness zone and one can enjoy a quiet weekend here with plenty of sightseeing places to refresh you. The red laterite roads in this forest paradise are unmetalled. Discover pretty Parsi bungalows; glorious sunset and sunrise points; old British building which make tourism in Matheran serene and meditative.
The British lay the foundations of Matheran as a hill station as a getaway from the intense summer heat of the low lying areas. It has an average range of 30° to 16°C. The Matheran Hill Railway carries viewers through large tracts of forested land to enjoy the surrounding greenery.
Tourism in Matheran is akin to ‘forest bathing’ which means easing away urban stress to breathe amidst trees and enjoy the silent company of the forest canopy. You will delight in nature walks.
Mumbaikars frequent Matheran the most being its closest city.
Wildlife is unique and abundant in the forests of this pedestrian hill station, which is home to wild animals like bonnet macaques, hanuman langurs, leopards and a lot more.
One of the major tourist attractions is the One Tree Hill which is a hill rather steep having only one tree.
These forests are a hub of medicinal plants and herbs. Some dried specimens found here have been stored as herbariums at the Botany Section of St. Xavier’s College Mumbai.
Matheran is fed by Lake Charlotte to fulfil its need for drinking water. You may find Matheran, as the ideal picnic spot for a day long visit from Mumbai! There are ample numbers of small and large hotels to choose for a longer stay. This is a honeymooning haven for couples who need peace and isolation to start out new lives. Reaching the place is easy as it is well connected by transport.
Tour My India provides an extensive travel guide that helps in choosing best places to see and visit in Matheran. So go forest bathe at Matheran!