In the Nature’s Lap

I have lost the count of the number of times I have been there, but it is quite some time since my last visit and so, it’s TimeToRevisit – Matheran!

Matheran is a quaint little hill-station near Mumbai. Because of its proximity to the city, it is a favourite weekend get-away for the Mumbaites. But my reason is a bit different. I enjoy the place because it is just pure nature — nothing else.

Motor-vehicles are not allowed in this hill-station, so the place has got a sort of untouched air about it. One can either ride a horse or walk for miles along the tree-covered, red-soil paths….. with only monkeys or chirping of the birds for company. It is pure bliss!

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The quiet paths

We can drive in our car up to the hill station, but have to leave the car one level below in the car park and then walk up to our hotel/resort. (We cannot use our vehicles while we are staying there). Other alternative is to take the mini train from its starting point (Neral) at the base of the hills. This train then meanders its way leisurely through the forest-covered scenic hills and valleys. This journey is like an appetiser before the actual meal.

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The mini train weaving its way through the shadowy trees

There is a market place near the train station and that’s the only busy part of the whole place. Most of the hotels and resorts are little away, tucked beneath the shadowy trees. Places to visit are the far off cliffs or ‘Point’ that give a breathtaking view of surrounding mountain ranges and ravines.

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The cliffs and the valleys

Every morning and evening all that we do is walk and then walk some more along the serene, cool beautiful paths of red soil. The quiet of the place is interrupted only by various bird calls or the hooting of monkeys.

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The misty mornings

Monkeys are in great numbers and ubiquitous. Some of them are quite bold and ferocious, too. I remember, once during my childhood days, I stepped out in the resort balcony (to watch a monkey from close quarters) with a toast in my hand. The monkey suddenly pounced, bared his scary fangs and snatched the toast from my hand. With passing years, they are growing more fearless. During my last visit there, while returning from the market with boxes of famous chikkiΒ (sweets made from dry fruits and jaggery), a huge male monkey jumped and tried to snatch my bag. Only after a round of tug-of-war could I retrieve my goodies.

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The bold and the beautiful – This one is a mother with her baby

A perfect place to enjoy some peaceful moments away from the hub-bub of the city life. But things do change with time. The last time I was there (almost a decade ago), bright neon signs and blaring music-systems had already begun to disrupt the quiet of the place. The clean, pristine nature was littered with empty chips packets and beer bottles, thrown around by the groups of hikers. So I just hope that the tiny spot of natural beauty, nestled amidst the folds of Sahyadri Mountains, is still as pristine as ever.

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Pristine Nature

(Please excuse the quality of the pictures, as these are from pre-digital times)

This post is written for IndiSpire Edition 175: #TimeToRevisit , Proposed by Anita.

 

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13 thoughts on “In the Nature’s Lap

  1. Megala June 27, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Beautiful place, never heard of this place, like to visit once! Thanks!

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    • Savita Shetty June 28, 2017 / 7:21 am

      It is a small place but quite well known in Mumbai and Maharashtra. I’m sure you’ll enjoy a visit. Thank you for your beautiful comment πŸ™‚

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  2. Jyotirmoy Sarkar June 28, 2017 / 1:25 am

    Its such a beautiful place, surely it will be an attraction for the inhabitants of a metro city like Mumbai to spend a day out of the pollution. Good to know about the restrictions to keep it as pollution free as possible.
    Like you i would also like to visit this for the same reason.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

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    • Savita Shetty June 28, 2017 / 7:27 am

      You are welcome! And thank you so much for sharing your good thoughts here. You’d surely like the experience of visiting this place. Indeed there are only a few such unadulterated, serene places left here πŸ™‚

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  3. The Untourists June 28, 2017 / 3:23 am

    Matheran ha salsa us been so amazing. I also hope they put a curb on the over commercialisation of this places. Last time I visited it had soooooo many hotels and restaurants.

    That apart I feel sorry for the poor monkeys. We invaded their homeland and claimed it as our own, with food supplies dwindling in a shrinking habitats, what will they do?

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    • Savita Shetty June 28, 2017 / 7:47 am

      Oh, so is it already overcrowded with hotels? That’s what I was afraid of! As for the monkeys, I had mentioned the incidences just as fun and was not trying to portray them as a nuisance. I firmly believe that all the animals have equal right on this planet and humans have no right to drive them away from their habitats. Thank you so much for visiting this space and I really appreciate your views πŸ™‚

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  4. Trayee June 28, 2017 / 6:18 am

    Feeling an urge to visit the place as soon as possible..Such a serene place…Thanks for sharing.

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    • Savita Shetty June 28, 2017 / 7:50 am

      It was my pleasure to write about my favourite place. I’m sure, you’ll love a visit to this place. Thank you so much for stopping by and thanks for your nice words πŸ™‚

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  5. Savita Shetty June 30, 2017 / 7:56 am

    (Due to some technical problem, your comment got snapped off from the post, however I could read it from the email) Yes the hill-station is just pure nature and a very enjoyable place. Thank you for stopping by and for your nice words πŸ™‚

    On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 5:07 PM, The Reflections wrote:

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