Matheran – A paradise of Konkan with unforgettable beauty

Matheran – A paradise of Konkan with unforgettable beauty.

Introduction :

                         Peaceful, open-air and mesmerizing natural beauty like Matheran is loved by all for a relaxing stay that refreshes the mind and body. A man who has come to Matheran once, must return here again.’ Saying this, he goes back. Situated on a fork of the Sahyadri in the Western Ghats, Matheran is famous as the ‘Paradise of Konkan’.

How to reach Matheran?

                At one end of Matheran, comes the Neral station of the Central Railway, while at the other end, comes the Chowk on the Mumbai-Pune highway. We can also go through Neral-Matheran foot road which is near about 11 to 14 km (6 miles). Neral-Matheran mini – railway service was generally from 1st October to 25th June. Currently, there is a mini train  running between Neral and Matheran even during monsoons. Neral-Matheran foot road is also available for a walk.

              Once the morning train from Mumbai or Pune reaches Neral, the mini train to Matheran is ready. When the mini train leaves Neral and passes through a mile of plains, out of sight of Neral village, the train begins its winding and uphill – downhill journey. After travelling through many small turns, many times it seems that we are coming to Matheran or returning. Small valleys, towering hills are visible all around and as the train climbs up, the mind is delighted to see the magnificent view of the laid back region. If this trip is done around October – November, the lush green mesmerizing view of the creation looks fun.

Mini Railway or Toy Train :

            The joy of traveling by this small train of Neral-Matheran is second to none! Neral – Matheran Railway started by Sir Adamji Pirbhoy.

            In half an hour the small station of Jummapatti at an altitude of 244 meters (794 feet) starts to approach, when it is the season of the jamun -black currant, the lusciousness of the wild fruit can be tasted by buying a drona from the boy at the nearby Thakarwadi or even a bunch of wildflowers near them for their enticing color.

              After Jummapatti comes the Water Pipe (height 489 m – 1590 ft above sea level) station. The ‘Ulhas view’ seen from this station will not be special without mesmerizing you. Neral village looks idyllic in the surroundings. If you travel around October, the green-clad hills look enchanting against the blue sky. As soon as the water pipe station comes up, cool pleasant breezes of Matheran wind start coming from the hills in front to cheer you up.

            The climb of the Neral-Matheran foot road is visible in between, while the meandering Matheran miniature railway line is visible from within. In the middle, Neral is seen and the mask comes out saying how high we have come. Within a short time, the trees of Matheran start to appear. View  of the point. A bungalow in a thick green jungle slowly creeps out of sight and Matheran’s mischill monkeys jump from the trees to welcome you, the small station of Matheran comes. After completing the 20 to 22 km (15 miles) Neral-Matheran rail journey in about two hours, we set foot on the cool land of Matheran.a short time, the trees of Matheran start to appear. darshan of the point. A bungalow in a thick green jungle slowly creeps out of sight and Matheran’s mischill monkeys jump from the trees to welcome you, the small station of Matheran comes. 21 km I. After completing the (13 miles) Neral-Matheran rail journey in about two and a half hours, we set foot on the cool land of Matheran.

          Earlier I used to go to Matheran many times with my friends when I was in school and college. But when I went to Matheran with my wife in 2006, the fare was Rs.10 per adult and Rs.5 per child between 3 and 12 years. After filling it, we are free to exit the station.

Book your staying place first :

          Where will you get off? The question of where to get off at Matheran should have been resolved in advance. Because it is difficult to get a seat at that time especially in the month of April and May.Some rich people have built health houses for their communities. Some companies and banks also have holiday homes for their employees.

History of Matheran :

              Matheran of past and today’The Discovery of Matheran’ is an interesting short story. 140 years ago Mr. Hugh Poyntz Malet was the Collector of Raigad at that time. While Mallet was on tour, he stayed at Chowk village. One day, taking his gun, he set out with his guide towards the mountains that were visible in front of him. At that time he went to half and returned. The second time, however, he came straight to the top.

            Sir Mallet was pleased with the beautiful forest and the pleasant air on the mountain and for the third time he came up and stayed there. The surrounding area was cleared and a bungalow was built. That is today’s ‘bike bungalow’. His two brothers also built bungalows above. Further around 1855 the then Governor Sir Elphinstone visited Matheran. He liked the place so much that he built a bungalow called ‘Elphinstone Lodge’ and then lying on one side… Matheran achieved its present status.

           Currently Matheran has around 1670+ bungalows. Area of ​​Matheran is 7.35 Sq. kilometers. North latitude 18.58 Matheran comes at 13.18 degrees degrees and east longitude. Maximum of Matheran At an elevation of 803 meters (2636 ft), Paymaster Park is the highest point at Matheran . Local population of Matheran in 19813920 as per census count and about twenty to twenty five thousand people visited matheran in season.

Nature & Climate of Matheran :

          Meaning of Matheran – Matha (Top of the mountain) and Raan (Trees, thick bushes or grasses).Wherever you go in Matheran, you will see thick bushes everywhere. Word Matheran itself means ‘Mathayavarche Raan’ in Marathi Language. There are 2412 trees per acre. It has a total of 52 types of trees.

Air – The air of Matheran is cool, mild and invigorating. Winter in general And the temperature in summer is usually 15 degrees to 25 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees to 30 degrees Celsius between them. Any time in any seasonThere is no fatigue even after working. Of open green trees of Matheran With the enthusiasm of the youth through the crimson road of ups and downs through the cool shade, seeing many old men walking, the old men also receives revival. It is certain that the giving medicine of revival must be in the air here.

Rainfall – Rainfall is abundant, usually around 5000 to 6000 mm. yearly. There is rainfall in 1868 and 1921 were the years of heavy rainfall in the history of Matheran. Which are counted as 467 inches and 448 inches of rain respectively in those years, fell In 1868, 35 inches of rain was recorded in one day.

People : In the local settlement of Matheran, more Maharashtrian people are belonging with only two religions, Hindu and Muslim. Some are Gujarati people.

Income – Matheran has no agriculture. Mainly the biography of the people here It may be said that they depends on the passengers or travellers.

Vehicles – No motor in Matheran. No bicycle or Horse Carts. Rickshaws which pulls by three people and horses are the only vehicles there.

Animals – Birds : Although the forest of Matheran is big, there are no ferocious animals like tigers. Antelopes, mongooses, rabbits, sheep etc. are often seen in the forests of Matheran.Colorful birds like Bulbul, Kotruk, Salunki are in Matheran; But there are no chirping sparrows here. Snakes are abundant but venomous snakesThe quantity is less overall. Municipality – Matheran Municipality was established in 1905.

What will you see?

          To savor the natural beauty around Matheran, these points are worth a visit. Small and large many points to visit in Matheran. There are points, among them panorama, garbat, luiza, parkupine, chowk points have to be prioritized.While passing through any road, the waypoints can be taken by line. Most of the points are not far from the main road. Let us start from the Madhavji point in the center of the village.

1) Madhavji Point :

          Madhavji Point – Garbat point in front and Dhangarwadi at its base is visible. Palsadari and Karjat village can be seen on the right. At night, when the lights of Bhivpuri are lit up, it looks like the necklace of white diamonds is glittering. Navroji Park is adjacent.

2) Alexander Point :

        Alexander Point – Karjat seen from here. of Little Chowk Point Khandala Point and Garbat Point can be seen at the tip and left. Rambagh Point- If you go down a little from this point, you can have the real fun of forest food in a very secluded place in the dense forest. Little Chowk Point- Rambagh, Alexander and Khandala points as well as Chowk Point on the right can be seen from here.

3) Khandala Point :

          Khandala Point – From here, we can see Karsandas Library on opposite side. Khandala, Garbat Point in front and Alexander Little Chowk Point on the right. During monsoon, the beauty of the waterfall looks good here.

4) One Tree Hill Point :

          One Tree Hill Point – From here Panvel, Chowk villages, Prabal peaks on right And Louisa Poit and the village of Karjat can be seen in the distance. When I went to Matheran for a picnic when I was in school, I jumped on the single tree that is visible on the One Tree Hill Point. Everyone pulled me up together. Don’t even try that.

5) Marjorie Nook :

          Marjoree Nook – The flow of Dhavari river and the peaks of Prabal can be seen in front.

6) Chowk Point :

          (i) Chowk Point – Chowk Village, Karnala Fort, Panvel can be seen from here. on the left Visible at Karjat and Prabal Peak with Palasadari and One Tree Hill on right seems Thakurwadi at the foot of Poit looks beautiful.

          (ii) Little Chowk Point – Rambagh, Alexander and Khandala points as well as Chowk point on the right can be seen from here.

7) Rambagh Point :

          Rambagh Point – If you go down a little from this point, you can have the real fun of forest food in a very secluded place in the dense forest.

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