General Information About Rural Tour
Leave Mumbai at 06.45 am and proceed to Neral by car. (100 kms from Mumbai) Arrive Neral and take a Toy train to Matheran at 8.40 hrs. Reach Matheran at 10.40 hrs. Matheran is the nearest hill station to Mumbai at the altitude of 800 M, undulating hilltop cloaked in shady trees and ringed by Walking tracks. Matheran owes its tranquility to a complete ban on motor vehicles and bicycles (Except emergency vehicles).
Matheran was discovered by Hugh Malet in 1850. The British developed Matheran as a popular tourist resort. At an elevation of around 800m (2,625 ft) above sea level. Mathe (Head) Ran (Jungle), literally means jungle on top. The only modes of transport are on Horseback, man-pulled rickshaw, or on foot. Every one living in cities needs this sort of change once in a while.
The unpolluted air, beautiful surroundings, charming shady walks and magnificent panoramic views are what make a stay in Matheran a totally different experience in itself. Matheran has been declared an eco sensitive region by the Union Environment Ministry (GoI).
Half day explore Matheran tour on horse back or walking. Lunch at local restaurant. Evening walk for 45 minutes (2.5 kms ) or on a horse back to Dasturi Car Park. Drive to Karjat (20 kms) and check in Rivergate Resort or similar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After Breakfast with escort leave for Markewadi village of Agri Tribals. Arrive at the village and visit the homes of local tribals and witness or join in their chorus of daily activities, milking cow, making rice papads, drawing water from the well. Visit the Gram Panchayat School.
Lunch at the village made by locals on wooden fire in open. Lunch would be served on eco-friendly “Patravali” (A plate made from Dry leaves). Visit the Farm House next to the village for rest.
High tea at Farm House where the demonstration would be given for wearing nine yards sari / dhoti their traditional attire. ( Shall also try to arrange for local music or dance for 15 minutes). Take a bullock cart ride to another village passing thru rice fields. Leave by car for visit to Rice Factory where the rice is polished.
Leave Karjat for Mumbai 17.00 hrs. reach Mumbai at 19.30 or 20.00 hrs taking into consideration the Mumbai traffic in the evening.
Note: The above package could be for 02 nights 03 days with one night at Matheran or two nights at Karjat. Fred Travels have also initiated talk with Big ND Studio for a visit for Bollywood Tourism. If so, we can incorporate 01 day Studio visit which would make a very interesting tour package.