Guest blogger Nisha shares her photographs and takes us on a trip to Matheran, an unpolluted hill station near Mumbai.
Matheran is a hill station just two hours away from Mumbai. I have been to this place twice but will not think twice to make yet another trip.
Developed by Britons, this small town has everything in place. It has hotels both with quaint and modern feel, a library for book lovers, a market, railway station, and only horses & rickshaws for commuting. Yes, you guessed it right. Any type of vehicle including bicycle, is not allowed on this hill settlement to keep it pollution free.
The name Matheran means ‘Jungle Head’, or ‘Forest on Top.’ Surrounding hills provide amazing views from Matheran. It is a heaven for nature lovers. With many trekking routes, view points, a lake and jungles it attracts all kind of tourists and travellers.
It is a perfect place to chill out in lazy summers.
But more than anything else what excites me is the toy train which is an attraction in itself for the visitors of Matheran. It is one of the four toy trains in India. Due to the steep slope, it takes around 90 minutes to cover the distance of 20 kilometers. The scenery changes from grassy slopes to shady tree covered hills.
Matheran’s is also famous for leather goods. Every other shop sells things like handbags, footwear, belts, wallets etc and at times it is hard to ignore them.
Here is Matheran in pictures.
Welcome to Matheran
Toy train going uphill to Matheran
After clicking this shot I realized there was a chameleon on this branch!
Absolute stunning view !
No need to go to South Africa. We have our own version of Table top.
Absolute silence. Most of the time there is no one in sight… occasionally some man on horse would pass by.
Single seater hand rickshaw with its proud owner.
En route trekking trails one can find these homes cum tea shops. The lady is trying to light the stove which is covered with a broken tin canister.
If you’ve come to Matheran, don’t go back without seeing the ‘Lord’s point’ … an advice written on a rock.
The market is flourishing with genuine leather goods. These hand painted leather hands bags come from Kolkata. Do I have to mention that the top shelf had one more masterpiece which is now in my custody?
Do you remember this souvenir?
Travelling in this toy train is absolute joy!
About the guest blogger: Nisha Jha is one of the very few Indian solo women travellers. So far she has been to 22 countries but her idea of traveling is “counting number of memories, not places”. Loves to take new challenges; nothing excites her more than learning and relishing life’s simple little pleasures about new places, people and cultures.
Traveller at heart, she feels traveling for her is a stress buster, confidence booster and a weakness too.
She calls her website “Le Monde – A Poetic Travail“, where she writes about her sweet & sour experiences around this globe.
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