The Wild Matheran Experience

Matheran, literally ‘Jungle Above’, is a tiny patch of peace and quiet capping a craggy Sahyadri summit within spitting distance of Mumbai’s heat and grime. Endowed with shady forests criss-crossed with foot trails and breathtaking lookouts, it still retains an elegance and colonial-era ambience, though creeping commercialism and illegal construction are marring its appeal.

Getting to Matheran is really half the fun. While speedier options are available by road, nothing beats arriving in town on the narrow-gauge toy train that chugs up to the heart of the settlement. Motor vehicles are banned within Matheran, making it an ideal place to give your ears and lungs a rest and your feet some exercise.

One of most easily accessible locations, Matheran is home to many varied species of both flora and fauna and has maintained the beauty and the serenity of the wilderness around it. Usually crowded over the weekends, this hotspot is widely spread and best covered by foot which makes the crowd simply disappear. Multiple walks to varied points alongside sightseeing or listening to sounds of nature is apt for a weekend excursion.

An exclusive excursion designed keeping in mind the wilderness, this journey would take you on the varied un-driven paths in the Jungle above. Add to this, the crazy monsoon picture with lush greenery, the dwindling mist and the refreshing rains and of course the well known yet rare narrow gauge toy trains on your journey. So wait are you waiting for, we can already hear those horse hooves and rain drops.

Batch 1: 24th Aug – 26th Aug 2018

Batch 2: 1st Sept – 3rd Sept 2018

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  • Nature Walks (Day/Night), Macro Photography sessions, Botany Study sessions, Waterfall visits
  • Local Cuisine meals , Evening/Morning Tea
  • Exclusive Camping Experience
  • Exclusive Tour Leader & Naturalist
  • Day 1

    • 0600 Hrs Meet & Greet @ Dadar Station
    • 0630 Hrs Board Local to Karjat/Neral
    • 0800 Hrs Arrive in Neral and relish on some local cuisines as part of breakfast.
    • 0830 Hrs Board Jeeps and proceed towards Dasturi Gate whilst enjoying the many beautiful scenes en route. Upon reaching Dasturi, start walking towards Matheran
    • 1100 Hrs Arrive in Matheran, Check in, Lunch with Orientation session.
    • 1500-2000 Hrs Afternoon Walk, Leisure time on various points, Evening Walk Back
    • 2100 Hrs Dinner Time
    • 2200 Hrs Retire for the day

  • Day 2

    • 0700 Hrs Wake up, Tea and biscuits and head out for Nature walk
    • 0900 Hrs Arrive back in camp, freshen up, breakfast, Head for Walks
    • 1230 hrs Break for Lunch, and time on leisure.
    • 1530 Hrs Team building activity with brain storming session
    • 1730 hrs Leisure time or self-study
    • 2030 Hrs Dinner with storytelling sessions over Bonfire
    • 2200 Hrs Post dinner head out for a night nature walk or retire for the night.

  • Day 3

    • 0700 Hrs Wake up, Tea and biscuits with breakfast, check out and proceed towards Dasturi Gate/Neral station, trip ends with countless memories.
  • Nature Walks (Day/Night), Macro Photography Sessions with Post Processing
  • 2N Economy/Camping Accommodation on Sharing Basis
  • Local Cuisine meals (3 Breakfasts , 2 Lunches, 2 Dinner (V/NV), Evening/Morning Tea with biscuits)
  • Nature walks, Local/Naturalist/Guide Charges, Photography Sessions.
  • Return Local Train Transfers (Dadar – Neral – Dadar)
  • Return Local Jeep Transfers (Neral- Dasturi- Neral)
  • Matheran Entry charges
  • iTravel Tour leader
  • Any Meals/Snacks unless mentioned in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages/Soft Drinks/Shopping/Games/Adventure rides
  • Any expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, political disturbances etc.
  • Anything not mentioned under Inclusions
  • One Backpack with Rain Cover (Preferably) with Extensive rain gear including Jackets, Caps and any other requirements
  • Multiple Socks, Sport/Trekking/Gum Shoes as per your convenience
  • Full pants/Jeans/Tracks along with Full Sleeve Tees (at least 3-4 pairs)
  • Camera Gear (Cameras, Tripods, Lenses etc) with full Rain Cover protection.
  • Any medication, insect repellant sprays or tubes that may be required as directed by your physician
  • Any basic food items like biscuits or wafers if required, Plastic Pouches for Mobile phones or Wallets or Any other personal requirements which may not have been covered.
  • Rs. 5000 + 5% GST per head
  • The iTravel Group is a trademark brand under M/s RAV Travels LLP and all payments to be done in favour of M/s RAV Travels LLP.
  • An advance of 75% would be required towards confirmation of the trip and the balance to be cleared 24 hours before departure.
  • Participants should be medically fit.
  • Payments to be received in full before the start of the event, verbal confirmations will not be considered as a “yes”.
  • Additional snacks if required by the participants need to be carried accordingly.
  • All photographs would be published via our social network group pages and we do not charge additional for any pictures, unless some special requirements.
  • The locations that iTravel caters to, are usually eco sensitive and we would expect participants to equally take care of the same.
  • This trip is on a rustic side and we would expect all the traveler’s to cooperate in case of any shortcomings in terms of planning. Your feedback for this trip would be most welcome.
  • Our tour leaders are well versed with the routes and the locations and all instructions provided are in the benefit of the participant’s safety and well being. Hence we request you to follow all instructions and the tour leader’s word would be final.
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