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Matheran – Popular Hill Station

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About Matheran

Located in the Raigad district in the state of Maharashtra in India, Matheran is a municipal council as well as a significant hill station that garners a lot of tourist attention.

Geographically, Matheran is known as the smallest hill station in the country of India. With an elevation of around 800 meters above the sea level, Matheran is situated on the Western Ghats and is at a distance of only 90 KM away from the city of Mumbai, that is the capital of the Maharashtra state.

The official language of Matheran is Marathi, although people do speak Hindi and English as well in the region. According to the 2001 census of India, Matheran has a small population of over 5,139 people and the place was discovered in the year 1850 by the then district collector of the district of Thane in Maharashtra. The British during their rule in India, treated Matheran as a proper summer getaway to beat the heat.

As of today, Matheran happens to be a health sanatorium and is treated as an eco-sensitive region. In the interiors of this hill station, no private vehicles are allowed, and one can only use horses and hand-pulled rickshaws for conveyance. Other than that, ambulances allowed by the municipality run in the area.

Matheran is decked with a list of herbs and medicinal plants and also houses a massive population of monkeys. The drinking water in this area comes from the nearby Charlotte Lake.

Coming to the animals found in the forests of Matheran, these are Hanuman Langurs, Bonnet Macaques, Barking deer, Leopards, Wild Boar, Mongoose, Squirrels, Foxes, Malabar Giants, etc.

The climate stays cool throughout the year with very less humidity. The main tourist attraction sites in Matheran are as follows:

Matheran-HillsImage Source: mouthshut.com

  • Charlotte Lake
  • Little Chowk Point
  • Rambag Point
  • Alexander Point
  • Big Chowk Point
  • Olympia Race Course
  • Lords Point
  • Belvedere Point
  • One Tree Hill Point
  • Pisharnath Mahadev Temple
  • Matheran Shiv Temple
  • Pisarnath Temple
  • Celia Point
  • Louisa Point
  • Mayra Point
  • Porcupine Point
  • Panorama Point
  • Echo Point
  • Khandala Point
  • Madhavji Garden and Point
  • Matheran Railway Station

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