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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular things to do in Matheran?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Get ready to be bowled over by the scenic beauty and spectacular views of Matheran. Here are a few must do things in one of the most popular hill station, famous for its untouched natural beauty that offer great adventure experience.

  • Horse Riding
    Want to feel the charm of colonial times? Well, horse riding is one thing that will definitely remind you of that period. This is a common and popular way of exploring the city. You don’t believe us, do you? If you don’t then you’ll just to come here and experience it yourself. Getting around the city is made a lot more fun when you do it riding a horse and the best part is that finding a horse is not very difficult, as there are many of them around. But, remember to negotiate the price before you take the ride.

  • 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!
  • Hill Railway (Toy Train)
  • A heritage railway in the state of Maharashtra, this provides a unique experience as it goes through tunnels on mountains surrounded by lush greenery. It starts at Neral, a place about midway between Mumbai and Pune. The zig-zags, bends and tunnels offer an amazing charm to the ride in these trains. It over 2 hours to complete a distance of 21 kilometres. The journey is from Neral to Matheran and vice versa, with trains operating at various time intervals (starting at 7 am, while the last train leaves by 5 pm). Charges per person are INR 210 for first class and INR 35 for second class, sitting.

  • Paragliding
    Imagine being 3500 feet above the ground, tied to a paraglide 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.

You must already be falling in love with such beautiful places to visit in Matheran, right? Hold your heart as once you actually come here, you wouldn't feel like going back.

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