Matheran is the closest hill station to Mumbai in the Sahyadri hill range in Raigad district of Maharashtra State.
Matheran is situated at a height of 803 m above sea level. Since 1907, a narrow gauge railway line connects Matheran to Neral in the plains. Motor vehicles are completely banned in Matheran, making it quite peaceful despite the thousands of visitors that come here, mostly from Mumbai. There are a number of lookout points that provide spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valley.
Matheran is a plateau with a reasonably dense forest cover. Being a hill station it is pleasant almost throughout the year. In winter, the nights can get a bit chilly though.
Matheran Railway Station and Toy train
The best time to go to Matheran is post-monsoon. It is truly spectacular at this time of the year with lush greenery, waterfalls and the lake full with water. The best times to visit Matheran are between: Sept.to November; Feb. to March. (Dec & Jan are pretty chilly here). However, people from Mumbai (Churchgate to Virar & C.S.T. (V.T.) to Kalyan) are seen visiting every week end mostly with their family as a part of their outing and relaxation. It is also a good place for Sadhana (Meditations), retreats and yogas