Matheran is a beautiful hill station in Maharashtra. It is a pollution free area where vehicles are not allowed to enter. You can explore the place on horses or trek your way. It is a cool and foggy place characterised by heavy rains, lush greenery, white rainfalls and always hungry monkeys 🐒
We stayed at the horseland resort which is the best place to stay there. We celebrated the birthday of our two friends and stayed indoors the first night. On the second day began the real adventure…
Me and my two girl friends wanted to explore the place and we set off with a promise to return to our hotel before 6 pm. It was 3.30 pm when we waived bye to our friends who opted to play snooker and enjoy a drink rather than walking in the muck.
Hiring a horse was a bit expensive so we decided to walk till we can and hire the horses only after we were very tired.
4.30 pm and we were at the echo point . Checked. It was fun and the weather was good. We sang songs, held each other’s hands, laughed over odd things !
We were having the time of our life!
5.15 – We reached the lake point where there was a dam and a lovely waterfall !
We stopped by for a freshly roasted sweet corn when my friend inquired to the seller if there are any other points to explore. The little boy told us about the highest point in Matheran – point Louisa
We still had some energy and time left and decided to go. We were lucky to find a couple on horses with a guide who were heading to the same place. We started following them. Turns and turns and turns took us to this breathtaking place! We felt like on top of the world ! Pictures pictures pictures. We did not realise we took a hell lot of time and the couple with us had left already.
We started heading down …..
We walked 20 mins down and we had to choose from two directions. We decided to go left ! It was water clogged everywhere. Suddenly we started hearing a whistling sound from the bushes . Twinle Twinle little star whistle to be presised. We ignored.
It was pouring continuously. The fog made the visibility worse. Plus the clock was ticking fast. Our mobile had no network. There was no one to ask for help. We walked and walked and came back to the same place from where we had decided to take a LEFT !!!!
Okay! We took left and came back from right. So there has to be some other way. We were again heading towards Louisa point. No this is the same route, said one of my friend who is very good at roads. She said we should not take the right turn and go left this time . That will help us take find the way.
We started walking. The whistling sound continued. I felt uncomfortable. We came across a board : Krishna hotel. We decided to ask for help . One of my friend took the stairs down and hurriedly came up. She told us to keep walking and look back.
We kept walking.. We were curious to know what she had seen there. In little light and thick fog we reached a dead end. We saw a marble structure with similar structures at distance. My friend turned on the phone battery to read what was it. It said late Rebecca….
hell no, we were in a graveyard!
We ran back in the opposite direction! There was little light. My heart was racing. I was breathless. I wanted to go home. We started praying loudly while running. We walked walked walked and walked. Suddenly I could see a small makeshift house with a small bulb down the hill.
Should we go or not ? What if the person is drunk or has weapons? We were three girls. My friend calmed us down and said we will see if we can ask for help and approach the person. We went and peeped to find a young man making a meal. We asked for help . He assured us Matheran that is extremely safe and he will come to drop us till the resort. Yeay !
It was 8.00 pm when we reached. One of my friend rushed to the room for loo.
We thanked him for his help. He said koi baat nahi ! He said people do get lost it’s okay! Happens. We apologised as he had to delay his meal time and could be hungry. We told him to sit in the chair outside the watchman cabin just for 2 mins. I and my friend hurriedly went in to buy some snacks which are available at a shop opposite the reception . We returned to see him gone.
I asked the watchman in his cabin about the guy who was seated. He said WHICH GUY? There was no one ma’am.
Has the watchman gone nuts ? Or is he drunk ! My friend quickly went out of the main gate to find no one miles and miles away on the down wards slope lit by lights.
I started shivering due to the cold weather and fear. When my friends explained it was a good soul who helped you girls out !
P.S – I still think the watchman was not attentive or maybe that person would have taken a different route to go back! I don’t want to think about it !