Located about 83 kilometers away from Mumbai, Neral is a small city and a railway junction that is situated in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. This is a place where detrain to take another wonderful joy ride to visit the hill station of Matheran. That is the claim to fame of Neral. But over the […]
Located about 83 kilometers away from Mumbai, Neral is a small city and a railway junction that is situated in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. This is a place where detrain to take another wonderful joy ride to visit the hill station of Matheran. That is the claim to fame of Neral. But over the years, Neral has emerged as a place in itself. There are some people who now like to stay back in Neral for a day to enjoy the nature here. After all, this place accommodates far fewer people than Matheran, and thus offers much more quiet, solitude and peace. You can do so too.
Let’s talk about the toy train now that runs from Neral to its final destination, Matheran. It stops at three stations en route. While two of these are on the ghat section, namely, the Jamma Patti and the Water Pipe, the third one is in the neighborhood of Dasturi Naka. Incidentally, you may also reach Matheran by taking a taxi that plies between Neral and Dasturi Naka in Matheran. Additionally, there is a mini bus service as well that is operated by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation. The bus between Karjat and Matheran runs through Neral.
Those who have travelled by the toy-train from Neral to Matheran can never forget the thrill as the little train chugs along its narrow gauge lines, unfolding scenes at every curve. It is a rare feat for the eyes. But the joy and merriment of the kids literally knows no bounds as the fairy train enters and emerges from those dark and cavernous tunnels located en route. Savor the ecstasy of this journey. You are sure to remember it for long.
How to reach: There are many ways to reach Neral. You can take a bus from Mumbai or Pune. There are both regular and A/C buses. You may also want to drive to this place on your own automobile. And there is also the option of hiring a taxi to reach Neral.
While most people don’t stay at Neral because they want to move on to Matheran, but there are indeed some good places to stay in this small hill station. You will find hotels in Neral, resorts in Neral, and home stays in Neral.
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