Last week we visited Matheran, located 120 km from Pune. This is one of the best places to visit near Pune. We stayed there for 2 days. We all were very excited this time we were going by train. 🙂 You must be thinking what is a big deal if you travel by train! Umm..generally we travel by bike so this time, we were not worried about luggage or food or anything else. 😛 So get set go to recall the memories. 🙂
How to reach : There are many options like you can go by train/bus or by your own vehicle.We travelled by train – Sahyadri express Pune to Mumbai. So you have to alight at Neral station and then from there either we can reach Matheran by Toy Train or can go by private cab. The distance from Neral to Matheran is about 10-12 km. So if you go by cab then it takes 30 minutes to reach. But if you choose Toy Train then it will take almost 2 and half an hour to reach.
Day – 1
6:00 A.M.: We booked a cab and headed towards the railway station. We reached there around 6:35 a.m. and waiting for the train. Soon the train arrived and we boarded with our language! It took 3 hours to reach Neral station. If you want to enjoy the nature and surroundings then I would recommend you to go by Toy train from Neral.
10:30 A.M. We bought tickets for Toy train and got our seat. For the tickets, you have to stand in a queue as the reservation is not available so once you reach Neral Station, immediately go to the ticket window and get your tickets.
11:00 A.M. Train started and we enjoyed the each moment inside the train and also enjoyed the view from the train. The hills, roads, jungle, rivers, trees and the view of the entire train is amazing when train turns! Meanwhile, the train stops at two stations. You can have many things from hawkers, selling fruits, chai, vada pav, fruity and many more things. And I had raw mango, tamarind, Ber and fruity. So many things! 😛 😀 I ate all alone! 😉
We met a beautiful couple, sitting beside us in the same coach. Ryan and Colleen with their cutie pie, Madeleine.
1:30 P.M. Finally reached Matheran and headed towards the hotel. As vehicles are not allowed so you can have only 2 ways for transportation either you have horse ride or hand auto rickshaw. As the hotel was almost 3 km from the station, we decided to get an auto rickshaw for mom and dad. 🙂
2:10 P.M. We reached to the hotel and stuffed our tummy. 😉 Took rest for a while as we all were tired a lot.
5:00 P.M. Had tea and decided to go for the market. As it was already late so we planned to go for sight seen and other attractions on the next day. Visited city market and spent some time in the garden.
7:30 P.M. My husband loves photography and here we visited market and did street photography. Took dinner and asked local people regarding Point of attraction. Collected information and planned to leave for site seen at 7:30 A.M. in the early morning. Prepared the checklist – Echo point, Alexander point, Rambaug point, Honeymoon point(Mini echo point), Louisa point, Charlotte lake, sunset point and Pisarnath Shiv temple.
9:30 P.M. Returned to hotel and took rest. It was the wonderful day spent well in the lap of nature and around the beauty of nature with monkies, horses, dogs, and birds. Took this last snap when we returned to the hotel. 🙂
So this is how we spent our whole day. Excited for next day. Stay tuned to get update for the next day! 🙂 To be continued… 😀