Trip and Trek to matheran was a worth.We took train from Thane to Neral, As we stayed at Navi Mumbai..
Check this link for train details.http://indiarailinfo.com/search/thane-tna-to-neral-nrl/467/0/1621.
From Neral we took Share Cabs at around 7:15 am ,though we were packed in as they take more people and we have to manage reached Matheran by 8am.
The Best part i felt is the fresh air,place is pollution free because of the restriction of Vehicles
One can also take the toy Trains.For timing click http://indiarailinfo.com/search/neral-nrl-to-matheran-mae/1621/0/6675.By train it takes more time to reach Matheran.
As soon as you buy a entry ticket with minimal charge to matheran, agents will eat your head, although, they get paid for that.But try to get room on your own.
We covered the place in two days on foot.There are Horses,Rickshaws for those who cannot walk for long.
Then while returning we took horse ride from our hotel to the Vehicle parking and took cab to our way back to Neral Station.
Train Details click :http://mumbailifeline.com/timetable.php?sel_route=central&sfrom=Neral&sto=Thane&time1=6%3A00+AM&time2=7%3A00+PM&Submit=Submit
Hope you find it useful....
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