When in Mumbai, you can head to one of India's smallest and most quaint hill stations, Matheran, for a quick weekend getaway. One of the coolest spots in the Karjat Tahsil, Raigad District of Maharashtra, it is located in the Western Ghats. Matheran literally means forest on top or woodland overhead and the name aptly fits the 800-m-high hill town. The interesting thing about Matheran is that vehicles are banned here and one can easily be transported to the quaintness and peace of times long ago while vacationing at this spot. It's proximity to major cities makes it a more viable option. It lies about 90 km from Mumbai, 120 km from Pune and about 320 km from Surat. This pocket in the hills was discovered in 1850 by the then British Collector of Thane, Huge Mallet.The Kalavantin Durg or Fort near Matheran is a perfect day time trek option. You can lose yourself in the wilderness of the fort, which is located at an elevation of over 2,000 ft. The most striking aspect of this ancient structure is the series of rock-cut steps that snake up to the top. The panoramic view from the pinnacle has to be seen to be believed. 

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