Matheran, located at a distance of 100 km from Mumbai, is one of the tiniest hill stations in India. With its pleasant climate, sylvan green forests, majestic mountains and its close proximity to the nearby cities of Mumbai and Pune, it is one of the most preferred holiday resorts for people willing to escape the city blues. Most of the people from these nearby metropolises delve into its enchanting bosom, especially during the weekends, to experience its laid back pace and old world charm. You can travel to the place either by air, road or rail. Here are some of the easiest ways of reaching Matheran, the little Eden on Earth.
The nearest airport is in Mumbai (Bombay), located at a distance of 100 km from Matheran. Passengers willing to travel to Matheran can board a bus, taxi or private car from the airport for getting to the place.
Various Express and local trains are available from the nearby cities of Mumbai and Pune that travels till Neral. From Neral, passengers can board the mini-train (toy-train) that ascends towards Matheran, traveling a distance of 21 km in 2hrs.
It is the most convenient and quickest way of reaching Matheran. A 24 hr taxi service operates between Neral and Matheran, and it takes only twenty minutes from Neral to reach Matheran by road.
Some people also cover the distance between Neral and Matheran on foot. The trip though arduous, can be quite exhilarating, as hikers mount the steep hills enjoying the scenic beauty stretched all around.