November visit to Matheran

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Matheran

Flag of India  , Mahārāshtra,
Saturday, November 27, 2010

This is probably our last visit in 2010.    Havent been able to come here that often this year due to sporadic bouts of ill health and trips to other places, notably Kas, in the monsoons.

Being the last Sunday of the Diwali holidays, the car park at Dasturi was expectedly busy though not full at 8am when we got there.    Surprisingly, there was not a single monkey in sight.  Probably lying in wait for all the tourists on the regular pathways! 

We set off for our usual haunts through the forest after a reviving  cup of tea at the usual tin shack.   After Mumbai, the air here felt so healthy and fresh.

The toy train at Jumapatti on its way up









Rubbly path through the forest















Clouds settled in the valley











Toy train winding its way up











View from the edge









At last at Mt Barry












The grasslands which were lush green on our previous visit, are now turning a russet red











Due to the good rains this year, this forest pathway is heavily overgrown






















































 














































Monkeys at Dasturi car park.  By now the car park was over full, more so than we have seen before.













































Aircraft flying over Matheran
















This has to be the most amusing political banner - seen at Shedung just before entering the Expressway to Mumbai:























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