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The Toy Train Ride to Matheran

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Amidst green natural surroundings and a
peaceful environment of Matheran, any weary traveller would feel relaxed and
extremely rejuvenated. This beautiful hill-station was discovered in
mid-nineteenth century by a British Officer called Hugh Mallet. It gets plenty
of visitors every year who leave behind their stressful routines and have a
great time in its picturesque locations. Matheran has been kept free from
pollution by banning the entry of vehicles in the region by authorities. But, a
ride in toy train can take tourists
on an exciting ride through vast greenery of this hill-station. This historic
train service was started in the early twentieth century by entrepreneur Abdul
Hussain Peerbhoy. Three years were spent constructing this train line with the
help of a famous British engineer called Everard Calthrop. Today, it has become
a delight for many tourists visiting Matheran along with their friends or
family members. Four small-sized trains are a part of this train service and
run every day along its route.

Each of these trains has a capacity of
carrying around one hundred passengers. Tourists who wish to have a comfortable
journey can book a seat in first class compartment which has elegant and
comfortable seats. The toy train of
Matheran moves at much slower pace in a zigzag way as the region has steep
slope. Going further, travellers can witness a gradual change in landscape from
slopes covered with grass to a hilly region full of trees. During its journey,
these trains also pass through a short tunnel which is known as 'One Kiss
Tunnel'. Snacks or drinks can be purchased from vendors who get into these
trains for selling these items. They get on and off these trains, even while
its moving, which is an indication of the slow pace at which the trains travel.
Stops are made at a couple of stations where refreshments are available. Frequency
of these trains is lesser during monsoons when the region gets plenty of
rainfall and extreme weather conditions prevail. Booking an accommodation at
Panoramic Resort in Karnala through Magic
can provide an opportunity for tourists to experience the magic of
this train journey as Matheran is just a few kilometres away from it.

Timings of departure from Neral station
and Matheran are comfortable, but frequent changes are made to its timetable. It
is always better to check for timings online or at the computerized reservation
counter of Railways. Ticket prices are very reasonable, but bookings have to be
made in advance as seats get filled up in no time. This is especially true
during peak seasons when tourists from nearest cities visit Matheran in great
numbers. Booking a stay at Panoramic Resort, Karnala, online on Magic Holidays can be a good way to
experience this amazing train journey in Matheran. This hill-station is located
very close to this resort and tourists can reach Neral station within a short
period of time. In addition to luxurious accommodations, the resort also has
plenty of facilities and modern amenities for its guests.

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