****Meetup is full Do not RSVP**** About Matheran Matheran is a city and a Hill Station municipal council in Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a hill station in Karjat Tahsil and is also the smallest hill station in India. It is located on the Western Ghats range at an elevation of around 800 m (2,625 feet) above sea level. It is located around 90 km from Mumbai, and 120 km from Pune. Matheran's proximity to the three Metros makes it a popular weekend getaway for urban residents. The name Matheran means either "forest on top" or "mother forest". Moving in Matheran The only modes of transport, on the red soiled roads, are on horseback or by man-pulled rickshaw or on foot. It is one of the only places in Asia where all vehicles are banned which makes the place unique. And We will enjoy every where on the foot. Location 18° 55' N, 73° 15' E Height At an elevation of about 800m (2,625 ft) above Mean Sea Level. Asia's only pedestrian hill station is situated near Mumbai in the Western Ghats Area 5000 acres or eight sq miles Climate Matheran has cool and moderate climate. During monsoon rainfall is heavy but with different charm for enjoyment. The climate after the rains is very pleasant. In the summer the temperature changes between 20° C & 30°C. In the winter between 12°C & 25°C. Topography Level with sparse undulations. The topmost layer of rock is of soft porous iron-clay with abundant small black boulders. The surface is covered by red soil with less humus. About our trek. We will have the luxury of civil amenities as we will stay in Hotel Girivihar( Link attached). Only vegetarian food ( Maybe typical Gujarati food) will be arranged by the Hotel. http://giriviharhotel... Thus staying will be easy and be prepared for medium to difficult trekking depending on group capacity. ( Medium - 15 -18 Km per day trek - Difficult - 18 - 20 kms per day with climbing up & down the Matheran Hill.) Children & fresh new comers may find the trek difficult & thus not advised to join the trek. We will start from Nampalli station on 30.09.2010 by Hyderabad Bombay Exp. at 8.30 pm 01.10.2010 11.00 am Karjat 01.10.2010 11.30 proceed to Matheran To be finalised / decided once group is final. ( But in short trek , trek , trek & trek & have loads of fun. ) 03.10.2010 Trek till 10.00 am & return to Karjat. Start back from Karjat on 3.10.2010 at 1.30 pm & reach Hyderabad by 4.10.2010 at 7.00 am by Hyderabad Bombay Exp. Amount payable - 2500.00 approx. ( Incld Staying & food except food during train travel.) ( Be prepared for Rs 500.00 more as we are planning this trek for the first time.) Will meet once the group is final & collect money in cash at that time. Important Instructions: 1) no smoking and no alcohol 2) No littering, no pollution of water 3) ladies and gents accommodation is separate 4) We carry Basic First Aid and if you need anything you can ask the organizers 5) if you feel unwell bring to the notice of the organizers immediately. Things to Bring 1) A good and positive mood 2) 2 Thick Cotton pants/ trousers or jeans - full length ( TO save against Bruises) & 3 T-shirt / Shirt ( Better way to say - Clothes for - train - 2 night travel , 2 nights stay at Hotel & 2-3 days for medium / hard trekking.) 4) sun hat/ screen ( for the ladies and fair and handsome) 5) walking /trekking /sport shoes preferably with anklets 6) Medicines as per your need 7) Tiffin Box to carry lunch or u can manage with a plastic cover or paper 8) Refreshments / chocolates / energy bars/ Energy Drinks 9) water bottle - 2 Litres 10) Toiletries ( tooth brush, paste, small towel/napkin, comb, shampoo) 11) Photo Id ( passport, Employee/College Id, Pan card/Election Card/ Driving License) with a xerox copy 12) A rucksack / haversack, in other words a bag u can put all your stuff in and hang on your back, try to keep the bag as light as possible. 13) 2 Labled emergency Notes with your name and address, phone numbers, emergency contact name and number, Blood Group, doctors name and number, with information on any medicines you take and any allergies you have with food or medicines, keep 1 in pocket and 1 in bag. 14)Will be staying in hotel so sleeping bag etc. not required. 15)October means winter may just be setting in so heavy winter clothing not required. 16) TORCH Rest when we meet after getting the team ready. Probably in a weeks time.