Panvel to Matheran Trek

Matheran is a beautiful hill station that at once captivates the romantic spirit.  While the route via Neral is the most convenient and popular mode or reaching Matheran (with the added attraction of a toy train), the adventurous souls can do it on foot, though it is one hell of a climb. The trek begins at Dhodhani (Dodhani or Dudhani) in Panvel, located at the foot of one of the hill clusters of Matheran. Matheran is over 2600 ft in height, and this trek is not for those in poor general health. The entire journey can last close to 4 hrs, including frequent breaks for rest. The zig-zag route is simple to find, beginning from a general retail store in Dudhani, and sticking to the widest route that is going straight up the hill, rather than circling around, will take you through to the top. Some points in the trek are tricky if you are going in the rainy season, as...
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In Nature’s Bosom: trekking and hiking at Panvel, Navi Mumbai

Map of Panvel hills and villages – Start-End marks show the Harigram – Morbe walk itinerary For the intrepid morning walker or trekker, Panvel at Navi Mumbai offers interesting sites and opportunities. Abandon yourself in the nature’s green bosom for a few hours, and play like a child at her mother’s breast – all it requires is a bottle of water during summer, a pair of shoes, and a free weekend. Here are the treks and itineraries (the timings shown are very rough and based on memory): Morning walk – Sukapur -> Harigram – > Vakadi -> Morbe (15 km) Trekking – Morbe -> Morbe dam (10 kms) Trekking – Vanavali -> Vaghra hills (Hill climb: 45 mins) Trekking – Karnala (Hill climb through forest: 90 mins) Trekking – Kharghar hills (Hill climb: 45 mins) Religious – Haji Malang (Hill climb over steps: 60-120 mins) Reaching these places can be difficult for the novice. Karnala is a famous bird sanctuary and reachable via auto-rickshaws from Panvel. Climb to the...
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Over the hills in an Indian countryside

The very first sight that I had of the hills standing right in front of my house had made me long to go there – it was the monsoon season, and the hills were covered with several waterfalls flowing down their steep slopes. Tempting though the sight was, it was only sheer coincidence that brought me to scale to the top of these majestic hills. With two holidays following one another, I was feeling impatient to go out and relax myself in the open air, under the sun. For what better way to spend a holiday than to be out exploring the world around, taking in new sights and experiences, and letting the world soak into you! A complete exercise for the body, mind, and soul. The plan was to go cycling toward the countryside, a plan which, like the fate of all plans, came to nil as there were no bikes available on rent. I therefore decided to go walking, considered...
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