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Happy Holidays – MATHERAN

Matheran is a Hill Station in Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the smallest hill station in India. The term ‘Matheran’ suggests “forest on top”. With lusting greeneries, serene environments and unpolluted ambience, Matheran is a fantastic tourist destination at a height of about 2516 ft above sea level. Matheran, the jungle on the top, was developed by British after it was located in 1850 by the British Officer Hugh Mallet, who was the Collector of Thane. Matheran is an eco-sensitive region, declared by Government of India. It is one of the few places in the world where vehicles are not allowed, which makes the place different from others. Also the ban on motor vehicles inside Matheran has helped to preserve its beauty and keep intact its natural touch. There are lots of lookout points that provide spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Matheran has 38 points at which one can get a glimpse of nature’s beauty. Echo Point offers a panoramic view and allows you to enjoy the nature. King George Point is  a must visit point in monsoon as it offers a beautiful view of the waterfall formed by the water overflowing from Charlott Lake. Charlott Lake is the only water source atop Matheran and it provides water to entire Matheran. Louisa Point offers a beautiful face on view of the waterfall seen from the King George point. Panorama Point although quiet far from Bazapeth gives you a panoramic view (that’s why it’s named as Panorama point) of the Sahyadri ranges. The other important tourist destinations in Matheran are: Porcupine Point (Sunset Point), One tree Hill, Garbut Point, Chowk Point, Olympia Racecourse, Monkey Point, Hart Point, Rambaug Point, Alexandria Point, Malet Spring. In Matheran the bazaar is a small marketplace, not a commercial shopping complex. It runs the length of one street, and contains shops and stalls that sell the produce of Matheran. One thing that dominates the market is chikki, a confection made of gram flour, jaggery and cashew nut.

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