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Matheran in the Monsoons

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Here’s a thirteen step process to having a super awesome one-day trip to Matheran in the rains.

zero. Check what the MET department guys forecast the night before your trip. If they expect it to be bright and sunny, go ahead with your plan.

1. Sleep late the previous night. Sleeping early is quite irrelevant as your adrenaline rush will carry you through the entire day anyway. Let your last prayer before you sleep/nap be that it rain moderately the next day.

2. Rise early, really early (like 4 am). This is important, because you’ll end up spending around an hour trying to wake up other people and getting hold of stuff like umbrellas (redundant), jackets (pointless) and plastic bags (somewhat helpful).

3. Catch an early train to Neral, get down there. Don’t get too excited by the view from the train, you’ll end up wasting valuable battery life. Take a pee break at Neral station, it might very well be the only one you get for the next three/four hours.

@Neral station

4. Ensure that you aren’t too attached to your camera (emotionally, that is – straps are recommended). There’s a good chance it’ll get screwed. Same goes for mobile phones and watches. Take a camera along anyway.

en route to matheran

5. Walk the walk, talk the talk, feast on the fabulous scenery.

walk the lineroad

6. Follow the road, get off the road, follow the toy-train tracks, climb a few rocks, roll off the grass, get onto the road. Repeat. You’ll have around 10 km to perfect this loop.

green top - bouncy pitch

on track

7. Stop at every broken pipe, every waterfall and every curve overlooking a gorge. The waterfalls get better the higher you go, so you can rest assured that the level of awesomeness will keep going up.



water curtainwaterfall

8. Carry plenty of miscellaneous stuff to eat/drink. If you order beverages at roadside stalls, ask them to tone down the sweetness a bit, else you’ll end up drinking sugar syrup with a hint of tea.

break time

9. You’ll get tired, wet, slightly bored and fairly demotivated as you climb the steep slopes. Don’t give up – these are signs that the end (of the climb) is near. If all fails, play random games. Those help, sometimes.

games people play

10. There’s a 3 km walk from the main entrance of Matheran to the ‘untouched’ civilization which resides inside Matheran. Walk it once – the horse poo and red dirt which cling to your shoes will be sufficient encouragement to take a horse ride when you decide to return.

inside matheran

11. Do not see any of the Wilson/Monkey/Pinky/Ponky/Sunset/Sunrise Points; refuel, ‘refresh’, buy chikkis and catch the first equine taxi out of the place (ridiculous-looking hats are optional). A trip to Matheran is a bit like the pursuit of happiness, as some wise fellow has put quite eloquently – the fun is in the journey, not in the destination.

horsing around

12. Catch a Maruti Van taxi down the slope – it’s always better if the brakes work or the ride can be a bit bumpy (albeit quite fast).

13. Go home and take a hot shower. Go to bed – you’ll need it, especially if you followed step #1.

Disclaimer: This has not been tested on babies or animals or their babies. Results may vary from the pictures shown. Side effects include nausea, vertigo, leg-strains and urges to blog about such experiences.

Written by sujaybedekar

July 14, 2009 at 11:53 pm

16 Responses

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  1. Hehe, awesome, I remember doing this back in the day – the folly of youth and all that. I’m a wise old man now!


    July 15, 2009 at 12:13 am

    • Dude!
      1. That was a quick reply!
      2. I think I aged a few years just reading your response. We are batchmates! πŸ˜›


      July 15, 2009 at 12:26 am

      • 1. Yes, I am addicted to Google Reader.
        2. I know, I am just pointing out facts πŸ˜›


        July 15, 2009 at 10:12 am

  2. Awesome.


    July 15, 2009 at 1:40 am

    • Thanks mate – looking forward to your SA travel blog, I’m pretty certain that this won’t be a patch on that one! πŸ™‚


      July 15, 2009 at 1:41 pm

  3. Thank god I was part of the trip else I would have died of envy by the time I completed reading it!! πŸ™‚


    July 15, 2009 at 10:24 am

  4. Nice write up ! The tar road walk is a bit monotonous though, railway tracks are more fun, as are jungle trails πŸ™‚


    July 15, 2009 at 10:45 am

  5. Awesome post abt the infinitely awesome trip πŸ™‚ u captured it all and yup thr was a 360 watt smile on my face while i was reading ur post and reliving the moments…thanks dude …..this was the best end to the trip πŸ™‚


    July 15, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    • “Infinitely awesome” – I’m glad you guys found the term amusing :P, I feel all geeky and nostalgic just using it! And yeah, kudos to you for your photo-enthu πŸ™‚


      July 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm

  6. awesome……damn gud…..wonder whose idea was to take the track and horse ride….;)


    July 15, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    • Ab credit-vedit lena to moh-maaya hai – ghode achhe the, ride achhi thi, aur kya chahiye life mein! πŸ™‚


      July 15, 2009 at 1:41 pm

      • but still……u re wc nyways……ll keep giving such awesome ideas in future too.:P


        July 15, 2009 at 2:16 pm

  7. Good show suzie! But obe, tu mereko bataya nahi bey! Unfair e yaar! 😦


    July 16, 2009 at 1:44 am

    • obe .. obe … sorry yaar … pain e yaar … next time pakke se yaar! πŸ˜›


      July 16, 2009 at 8:48 am

  8. … but ye ghodhe pe gadhaa kaise baith gaya ??



    July 21, 2009 at 10:44 am

  9. Simply brilliant, I am so surprised I came across this masterpiece after 2 whole years :O
    Relived every single Matheran moment πŸ˜€ except for my rendezvous with the monkey πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
    I wish we could do it all over again…. sigh 😐


    June 26, 2011 at 10:14 am

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