This trip for me was like I am in deep sleep, dreaming of a place I want to be. Experiencing the best of everything, even if we faced hassles it didn’t reach me. The unconscious mind, enjoying the trip without any responsibility. This trip is pictured in my mind like an owl city song video. Owl city songs are so perfectly imagined, they bring peace to my mind.
Imagine all the experiences as an 11-year-old. Traveling with your family as a kid is a unique and beautiful experience. You just have to be with them, do as they tell, sometimes if you are a mischievous kid, you don’t have to listen to them, enjoy everything as you like. Parents take care of everything and it is their headache.
As a kid, you just have to enjoy, have fun and ask questions thousands of questions to your parents. Asking questions helps kids grow their intellect.
I have even decided to not visit Matheran again in the future. Because if I visit Matheran, I will have a different experience which will lead to a different perspective about the beautiful place called Matheran.
”Matha means “forehead”, Raan in Marathi means forest. Since it is a hill station it has the perfect name Matheran.”
Everything that I remember from that trip is like how a windowpane of a car looks in the rainy season. My memory of that trip is blurry but yet so beautiful for me. Raindrops on Glass are always poetic.
We took a train from Kurla station as Kurla station is near to our house. Catch a central (local) train till Neral station.
From there we took a mini-train till Matheran I guess, but to board that train we had to wait for too long. There are only a few trains which run between Neral to Matheran. You should plan your journey accordingly.
I still remember we were carrying snacks, fruits, water for our whole trip. We had bought all these things a day prior to our journey so that if someone feels hungry or is thirsty they can eat or drink during the train journey. We were 7 of us as a family travelling together for the very first time. 4 small kids and three adults to take care of us.
When we reached Matheran station, we were awestruck by the scenery and the pleasing weather. Pleasing weather because we are from Mumbai.
The beauty this place has is incomparable – long trees, no pollution, red soil, monkeys all around, a complete nature package a Mumbaikar can witness.
I have been a nature lover from the time I was a kid. Even now sometimes I feel I should create a world where I exist with nature and nature gets to rule, not selfish humans, This is a different story lets comeback to Matheran.
We rented a cottage that had trees all around it and cold weather for a perfect evening tea with a beautiful view. After having tea we soaked in some fresh air and obviously my parents were planning what to do next. Till the time we settled down, changed our clothes it was dinner time. We went to a nearby place which was home cum restaurant. We had chicken curry, with chapati and rice. The food was tasty and made our body warm for a cold night.
Now, this is was a perfect night for me. Even now I dream of a night like this, I feel so fortunate to have witnessed a beautiful night like this – We were walking back to our cottage, it was dark we had a torch in our hands, Sky full of stars, Jugnu is also known as fireflies, flying along with us, as if they were showing us road with their lights.
I even caught one jugnu in a transparent glass to see it glowing. Wow, it was such an amazing experience, a perfect night a kid like me could have asked. It was a perfect scene where stars and fireflies telling us why do you even torch when we are here for you.
We reached our cottage, slept for more than 9 hours or so, We had kept this day to explore the beauty of Matheran, all the different points, sunset, and much more. The second day we explored all of Matheran which everyone else on the internet talks about. The third day we left for Mumbai.
The reason this trip is so close to my heart is that this was the first and maybe was the last time for all of us travelling together. We are a bunch of crazy people.
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