One Day Picnic Spot Near Pune Matheran
The onset of monsoon brings in pleasant transformation everywhere around. Every living thing gets a new lease of life and life becomes ever so beautiful. This the special season for the tourists, picnic lovers, trekkers and nature lovers to set out in the quest of exploring the new picnic spots. Families prefer more popular and picturesque places near Pune to go on one day picnic or on weekend trip. We have number of such tourist places in between Pune & Mumbai in Raigad district. Matheran is one of the most famous picnic spots near Pune, loved by the tourists.
Matheran is a hill station, beautifully perched a top the hills on the Western Ghats ranges, at an altitude of 800 mtrs. It is located about 90 kms. from Mumbai and 120 Kms. from Pune. Due to it’s proximity to these major cities of Maharashtra, this scenic place near Pune attracts thousands of tourists. This is most popular One day trip.
Matheran, which means the “Forest on the forehead” (of the mountains), has been declared deemed part of eco-sensitive region, by Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India. This is Asia’s only automobile free hill station.
This attractive tourist place near Pune offers 28 scenic points, 2 lakes, 2 parks and 4 major places of worship as well as a racecourse inside Matheran. Most attractive amongst them is the Panorama point, which offers 3600 view. Another location worthy of visiting is the Neral town, from where the sunset & sunrise is most dramatic. Other points include the Louisa Point, One tree Hill point, Monkey point, Porcupine Point, Rambag Point and many more. Matheran offers excellent facilities for stay in beautifully maintained colonial style bungalows and number of other luxurious hotels, where families and tourist can have an overnight stay or weekend stay.
This eco-sensitive region is rich with great biodiversity, where we find animals like leopard, backing deer, Malabar giant squirrel, fox, wild boar, mongoose and many more. We find the species of monkeys in large number, which include ‘bonnet macaques’ and ‘Hanuman langurs’. Matheran is well connected to Mumbai & Pune and the nearest rail head is Neral. Tourists also enjoy the ride of the toy train, which is connected to the main line rail route at Neral junction. This train takes the tourists on a ride of 12 miles, giving them ample time to drench in the beauty of the surroundings.