Half way to Matheran by walking :)

Walking around Neral to midway of Matheran

This trip of us, is much older when internet was not much in use as compared to now. Rather it was an era of 2G and some of guys having 3G. So smartphones were also not much in use. So this thing is also seen by picture quality as compared to nowadays. The trip mentioned in this blog is of July 13th, 2013. Around 4 – 5 years back and so its a just refreshment of the memories.

About Matheran

In city life we stay & travel in cement jungle. We can not experience true nature and its love. We always think for go to outstation to relax, to stay away from busy & hectic life. But it’s not always possible to get away from city within two-three days of time. Where Matheran is really such amazing place where nature is playing active role with you and where you can enjoy every breath with nature within in the weekend time.

Matheran is a most famous and coolest Hill Station situated in Karjat Tahsil, Raigad District of Maharashtra, India. Matheran is the smallest hill station of India. It is located on the range of Western Ghats at height of 800 m (2625 Feet) above sea level. The name Matheran means either ‘Forest on Top’ or ‘Woodland overhead’. It’s known for its mild climate and well-preserved colonial architecture. Matheran is located around 90 km from Mumbai, 120 km from Pune. Matheran is awesome place for to spend weekend. Matheran as a Hill Station was discovered by a British, Mr. Huge Mallet, the then Collector of Thane, in 1850.

Matheran is an eco-sensitive region, declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India. It is one of the few places in the world where vehicles are not allowed, which makes the place different from others. It is Asia’s only automobile-free hill station. Matheran takes you over a hundred years back in time when there were no vehicles. Because of vehicles being banned in Matheran, the place is quite peaceful despite the thousands of lakhs coming to visit throughout the year.


When to visit

Peak travel periods include Nov–Jan and May–Aug. Matheran has a tropical climate, with mild to warm temperatures year-round, peaking Mar–May. Monsoon season (Jun–Sep) brings heavy rainfall, and trails become muddy. Winter (Dec–Feb) is dry, and often cool at night. Matheran Mahotsav (May) is a cultural festival with performances from aspiring artists. Ganesh Chaturthi (Aug/Sep) is a multi-day festival that marks the anniversary of Lord Ganesha’s birthday with celebrations throughout the town.

Matheran is a plateau with a reasonably dense forest cover. Being a hill station it is pleasant almost throughout the year. In winter, the nights can get a bit chilly though.




Our Visit

We were 9 people to visit Matheran. We already visited Matheran and so we decided to go by foot and keep away from crowd to make trip memorable. So we started our journey and we were going with help of map which Shrilesh had carried over :P. I was the one who came all over from Pune and other guys came from Mumbai. So our meeting point was Neral railway station. Around 9 in morning we met at decided place and due to monsoon, toy train were closed. And we started our journey towards Matheran via Neral Matheran railway track. It was monsoon and and weather was too much pleasant and due to fog, we were not seeing much front of us.





After traveling too much and capturing pictures, while remembering all the events and memories from college we were moving forward. And now we were hungry but no place to sit as we were not seeing anything living place like thing as we were going from railway track. If that were road then we definitely find out something. Then in fog only, we moved to other part than track to eat something. We carried lunch to eat and so we parted to right side of track which were vally like thing, but fog has sme mistery in his mind :P. So we climbed on some tent like thing so we can sit there and have lunch. We did not known that which place was that and we have lunch over there. We were not able to capture pics due to fog. We returned to track and due to some sunlight, fog was going away from us and then we saw where we had lunch and there we had our threatning moment of our life. As one can see from image below, we gone to a peak of a point which were created as temple and there were no support to go and return.





At the place where we can see sword like thing, we had our lunch there and we did not realised that too :(









After roaming too much time and fully drenched, we got to know that it wont be possible for us to reach Matheran as we dont know how much distance we are remaining with and so we decided to go to Vikatgad. So we took u turn to Vikatgad. But again, lack of preparation and no internet facility and no crowd around us took too much effort to find Vikatgad. We met one local person who was ready to take to Vikatgad. We were walking with him, but one of our guys has fallen down and he refused to walk further to fort route. Then we dropped that plan ot visit Vikatgad. We found some small waterfalls as well and enjoyed a lot there. We were fully drenched there.







After roaming too much time and fully drenched, we got to know that it wont be possible for us to reach Matheran as we dont know how much distance we are remaining with and so we decided to go to Vikatgad. So we took u turn to Vikatgad. But again, lack of preparation and no internet facility and no crowd around us took too much effort to find Vikatgad.










The trip is remembered in my mind and its one of the memorable trip of my life. Though we were not able to reach to the destination, still the trip can be most remembered trip ever for me. Incidents/memories from this trip are most exciting for me and it gives me tremendous energy for next trip.

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