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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Suggest a 2 day tour itinerary for Matheran.

Rb Trivedi DEC 10 2012
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Matheran is small hill town you would not need too many days to cover all the major tourist places in the town. So, if you don't want to miss out on these gorgeous places of Matheran, here’s your very own two day itinerary in the hill station:


Day 1

On the first day after your arrival head out in the early morning to Charlotte Lake . Located about 2 km from the Post Office, Lake Charlotte offers some stunning views of the serene lake and the reddish brown mountain ranges. The lake is the main source of drinking water for the city, thus, activities like boating, swimming and fishing is strictly prohibited in the lake. Enjoy the panoramic sceneries and lush greenery here, especially during monsoons when the lake is brimming with fresh water.



The birds flying over the lake add to the charm and natural beauty of the lake. On its left, there is a an ancient temple of Pisharath and on its right there is the Echo point and Louisa point.


After enjoying some relaxing time by the lake take a religious dip in the Pisharath Temple located close by. This ancient temple is situated on the left side of the serene Charlotte Lake and is surrounded by lush greenery. Pisharath Temple is a major Hindu religious destination and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The oldest temple in Matheran, its Shiva Lingam appears in an extraordinary titled ‘L’ shape and is covered with sindoor . Situated at an altitude of about 2516 feet above sea level, it has extremely beautiful and secluded surroundings.
By the time you are done visiting these gorgeous places, it will be time for lunch. Now you have two options for that, either you can go to MG Road and have you food at a restaurant named Garden View or you can go back to your hotel for lunch. Garden View is a nice restaurant where you can have delectable food but if you have taken a package at you hotels where your lunch is included, it will be better to have your food there.
In the afternoon it’s time to cover Lookout Pointsin the hill station. The best way to traverse is to take a horse ride. There are a plethora of Lookout points in Matheran that offer picturesque views of the Western Ghats and lush plains dotted with villages far below. In total there are 28 such points, more popular ones being Panorama point, Monkey point, Rambagh point, Alexander point, Hart point and the One Tree Hill point.



Panorama point has the the most spectacular views and it's a popular place to watch the sun rise. About 6 km from the Post Office, is most suitable for picnic and is very famous among the all visitors. The Monkey point is so named because there were kaikki monkeys abounding on that side formerly. This point faces Hart Cliff and has a clear and distinct echo effect. Rambagh point is about 2 kilometres from the Post Office and from this point you can view Garbut Point, Karjat Town and Khandala Point.
From the Alexander point you can see Garbut Point, Borgaon Village, Rambaug Point, Towers of Bhivpuri Power House, Karjat Palasdari Lake and Chowk Point. The Hart point should be visited after sunset to get the spectacular views of Mumbai at night. One tree point has a single Jambhul tree perched at the top. From here you can see Chowk Village, Panvel City and Mumbai-Pune Highway.

Apart from the mentioned above, the other lookout points are Little Chowk Pt, Big Chowk Pt, Belvedere Pt, Lords Pt, Celia Pt (Actually a waterfall mouth), Echo point, Porcupine Pt (Sunset Pt), Khandala Pt, Madhavji Garden & Point, Louisa Point and Mayra Point.

End your first day in covering all the sightseeing in Matheran and have a good night sleep to recharge yourself for the surprise that awaits you the next day.

Day 2
The second day in Matheran is for the adventure buffs. Wake up early to head to the points where you can start off with Paragliding. Imagine being 3500 feet above the ground, tied to a para glider with the help of strings of bungee cords and taking a jump. Doesn’t that excite you? Well, if you have courage in your heart and money in your pocket then paragliding is for you. The high hills of Matheran are quite famous for paragliding and are one of the best locations for those who dare to fly away into the clouds, providing an exhilarating experience.



The paragliding season here is between the months of September and June, when the climate is cool and pleasant. The charges for paragliding depend on the duration of the flight and ranges from INR 1500 to INR 2500 for 10 min to 30 min. You can go can go higher if you are trained for solo flights.


After getting all pumped up with an exhilarating paragliding ride, enjoy the most unique thing that Matheran has to offer, Valley Crossing! This is definitely a must-do adventurous activity in Matheran. Valley crossing is done on a U-shaped mountain, from the Honeymoon point. To do this activity you will have to go from one side of the mountain to other side (a distance of approximately 900 feet) hanging on rope, about 1000 feet above the valley! The mechanism works using 3 ropes, many pulleys and gravity and you get a bird's eye view of the valley.

Since it is only one way, you will have to come back by walking or you can ask your Horse-Man to come to that point to pick you. This is definitely a once in lifetime experience, but, mind you - It’s definitely not for the weak-hearted!

After enjoying these fantastic activities you can head back to your hotel and have your lunch and take that most required bit of rest!


So, that’s how you end your two days in Matheran. Take back the wonderful memories with you of this little pristine hill town with you and plan a trip back soon.

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