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.