Matheran was way beyond my expectation. The most pristine and unspoilt of hillstations and probably because there is no motorized vehicles allowed. the Fog is to be seen to be believed and you may feel as if you are floating amongst clouds but the problem of no public transport is you have to be at mercy of horse riders who will charge a bomb unless you negotiate well or be prepared to walk all along. it is a 2.5 km walk up hill and following the rail track is a sensible safe route if you choose to walk instead of a pulled rickshaw or horse
The hotel is right in the market near the station, so if you choose to drive down till the base camp point , you can park the vehice and then take the train. Do not go too late in the night as then you may miss the train and be at the mercy of horse riders , coolies or rickshaw pullers who will charge as they please. an average charge is in the range of 300 per horse and 150 per coolie but negotiable.
there are many points to visit as any hill station and can be covered in 1 day itself. A relatively safe place to explore around on your own. be sure to experinece their version of the raincoat made of plastic sheet and a funny hat all of which gives desired protection from rain
the hotel serves excellent food but can do with attention to cleaner brighter rooms. Service is good and friendly staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the oldest and most scenic resorts in the Hills of Matheran, Horseland Hotel is a must visit for all travel goers and holidayers. Maintaining the perfect balance between Economy, activity and Luxury, Horseland Hotel and Mountain Spa is the vacation home for everyone. Child-Friendly? With activities like Horse Riding, Feeding the Bunnies, Hikes and Adventure Shows to keep your children occupied and enthralled, you'll barely worry about how they're going to be entertained. We have a list of activities that vary with every day and are sure to keep your kids involved. Or perhaps it's a trip for two or a group of friends? If you're an adventure buff, seek no more. We have hikes, treks and the scenic beauty of Matheran for people to get lost in (but always found!). The evenings are full of fun events like Karaoke, dancing, bonfires and a variety of exciting and fun activities. Whether you're a family, a group of friends or a couple looking for the perfect romantic getaway, the Horseland Hotel is your ideal destination spot for that relaxing holiday you deserve. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Horseland Hotel And Mountain Matheran