Matheran hill station - Travel Information

Matheran is the only Pollution free hill resort in Maharashtra state. This is an important pollution free town and hill resort near Pune which is at an elevation of around 800m (2,625 ft) above sea level. In this article I have given some information about how to reach this hill station by air, train and bus.

Located at a height of 803 meters above the sea level, Matheran is the most splendid Hill Station in Maharashtra. This is a hill resort located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra and also perhaps, the smallest Hill Station in India. This hill station is located in western ghats at an elevation of around 800 meters above sea level. This place is around 120 Kms. from Pune and 90 Kms. from Mumbai. The meaning of the word 'Matheran' is "forest on top". The lush green landscapes attracts lots of tourists every year to this pollution free hill resort.

This hill station is declared as eco-sensitive region by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. This is one of the places in the world where vehicles are not allowed. This hill station covers an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadris.

This place was discovered by Hugh Poyntz Malet in year 1850. He was the collector of Thane district at that time. This is a unique hill station which is liked by picnic lovers, trekkers as well as jungle lovers.

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How to reach

Although this place does not have any local transportation, there is a Neral-Matheran Toy trains that is useful for the visitors. The nearest railway station to this hill station is Neral.

Here are some of the best options for travelling by Air, Train and Bus from different parts of India as well as abroad which are useful to the tourists and pilgrims planning a visit here.

Reaching by Air

Reaching Matheran by Air
This place has the advantage of being very close to the two important metropolitan cities of Pune and Mumbai in Maharashtra. It is at a distance of 120 Kms. from Pune and 100 Kms. from Mumbai. Hence can be accessed through the two international air ports of Pune an Mumbai. A tourist can hire a taxi to this place from Pune or Mumbai air port. Tourist Taxis cost around Rs.2000 from Mumbai Air Port and Rs.1500 to travel from Pune Air Port to this hill station.

Several Air Lines run direct flights to Pune from all other cities in India. Some of these flight operators are:

* Kingfisher Airlines
* Indigo Air
* Jet Airways
* Indian Airlines
* Spice jet

There are several flights to Mumbai air port from all other important cities in India. Apart from the Indian operators, there are many international flight operators which run flights to Mumbai. The major flight operators to Mumbai are:
* Air Deccan
* Air France
* Aeroflot
* Air Mauritius
* Air India
* Air Sahara
* British Airways
* Cathay Pacific

The list of flights available from different places in India to Pune is given below.

  • Deccan Airways
    1. Flight No.DN667 = From Bangalore to Pune, Departure at 09:55 hrs.
    2. Flight No.DN684 = From Chennai to Pune, Departure at 16:15 hrs.
    3. Flight No.DN627 = From New Delhi to Pune, Departure at 16:00 hrs.
    4. Flight No.DN645 = From Hyderabad to Pune, Departure at 17:30 hrs.

  • Indian Air Lines
    1. Flight No.IC0919 = From Bangalore to Pune, Departure at 11:20 hrs.
    2. Flight No.IC0919 = From New Delhi to Pune, Departure at 16:00 hrs.
    3. Flight No. = From Hyderabad to Pune, Departure at 13:10 hrs.
    4. Flight No. = From Hyderabad to Pune, Departure at 20:30 hrs.f

  • King Fisher Air Lines
    1. Flight No.IT414 = From Allahabad to Pune, Departure at 17:15 hrs.
    2. Flight No.IT411 = From Chennai to Pune, Departure at 04:45 hrs.
    3. Flight No.IT411 = From Bangalore to Pune, Departure at 06:05 hrs.
    4. Flight No.IT154 = From Delhi to Pune, Departure at 21:10 hrs.

  • Air Sahara
    1. Flight No.S2115/133 = From Lucknow to Pune, Departure at 14:55 hrs.
    2. Flight No.S26137/6043 = From Hyderabad to Pune, Departure at 09:30 hrs.
    3. Flight No.S26043 = From Delhi to Pune, Departure at 13:35 hrs.
    4. Flight No.S2131 = From Delhi to Pune, Departure at 16:05 hrs.
    5. Flight No.S2307/6043 = From Kolkatta to Pune, Departure at 07:35 hrs.
    6. Flight No.S2310/6043 = From Bangalore to Pune, Departure at 11:15 hrs.
    7. Flight No.S26315/6043 = From Bhubaneshwar to Pune, Departure at 10:45 hrs.
    8. Flight No.S2129/6043 = From Ahmedabad to Pune, Departure at 10:50 hrs.

  • Reaching by Train

    Reaching Matheran by Train
    The nearest railway station is Neral which is about 25 Kms. from this hill station. Neral railway station has excellent connectivity to different cities in India. The Neral railway station lies on the Mumbai-Pune route of the central railways. There is a Toy Train from Neral to this hill station. This toy train starts from Neral and reaches the hill station within two hours. Neral railway station is a junction and it is well connected by local trains from Mumbai CST along the Mumabi CST-Karjat route. The passengers traveling from long distances should choose Karjat as their destination and not Neral.

    Tourists from Mumbai and Pune can catch several local trains available and get down at Neral station and then catch the Toy train that travels for 2 hours and covers a distance of around 25 Kms. to reach this place.

    Kamshet is another hillstation near Pune, which is appealing.

    Reaching by Bus

    Reaching Matheran by Bus
    This place is connected to Mumbai - Pune express HIgh way till Cahuk via Panvel.
    The hill station is connected to other cities via a network National Highways, State Highway and Hill Roads. There are many deluxe buses from Pune and Mumbai to a nearest place to this hill station( 3 Kms. away from this place).

    There are regular state road transport bus services from many parts of India to this hill station. We can see a number of luxury buses running between this place and other nearby states. The bus stand is located a little away from the hill station. There are a good number of buses from Mumbai, Pune, Karjat and many other small towns in Maharashtra to this place.
    Horses and rickshaws are the local transport means here. Other vehicles are not allowed to run in this place. Other wise the tourists have to depend on their walking capacity.

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