Located 800 meters above sea level in Mumbai's Raigad district, tranquil Matheran offers a range of accommodation options to suit your style and budget. You can base yourself in the town itself or in the nearby cities of Panvel and Navi Mumbai, and choose between lavish 5-star hotels, traditional resorts, and simple motels.
The small hill station of Matheran offers a range of shops and market stalls selling handmade goods at reasonable prices. Sweet chikki (traditional candy similar to nut brittle) renowned among locals, is sold in a variety of flavors. For a more cosmopolitan shopping experience, you can take a day trip to Panvel or Navi Mumbai.
The hill station of Matheran (which means “forest on top”) offers Ayurvedic spas where you can enjoy natural healing and adventure sports which will get your adrenaline pumping. You can choose between relaxation and thrill-seeking or, in the yogic sensibility of balance, try a little of both. Either way, the town's car and bicycle-free streets make it a peaceful place to stay.
If you’re looking for a break from the noise and the bustle of city life, then a trip to the peaceful hill station of Matheran might be exactly what you need. Just 83 km from Mumbai, high in the Western Ghats mountain range in Maharashtra, Matheran is one of the smallest and most popular hill stations in India.
There's an impressive variety of places to eat in Matheran given its small size, with Maharashtrian cuisine the most readily available. But you'll also be able to enjoy Chinese, Punjabi, Gujarati, and Mughlai dishes, each with their own flavorful twist. Vegetarian food features prominently, but meat dishes are offered at some restaurants, too.
The quaint hill station of Matheran is cooler and less humid than nearby Mumbai or Pune. The area's steep mountains mean there are many viewpoints with stunning views of cliffs and waterfalls, as well as dramatic vertical drops to the valley below. Many visitors are drawn to Matheran for its tranquillity and natural beauty.
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