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One tree hill point, Matheran Overview

One Tree Hill point in Matheran can be called one of the most scenic points in the entire state of Maharashtra. The One Tree Hill point is, as the name suggests, a point where there exists only one standing tree; but the real reason this point is a must visit spot is because of its immense natural beauty. A tree blossoming atop a lush green hill which is enveloped by dense forests of varying shades of green is indeed a sight to lose yourself in. Standing at this point, one has an access to a panoramic and unobstructed view of the deep valleys and stretching forests that surround the hill station of Matheran.

They say, 'What is life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare'. Taking the time to stand at the One Tree Hill Point and take in the artistic, pure and extremely alluring beauty of nature; away from the blaring alarms and honking cars and deep into the peace and tranquillity 2700 feet above the world will surely revitalize you from within. A gentle trek up to the hilltop offers a mesmerising view of the surrounding tourist spots of Tent Hill and Chowk Village. Shivaji's Ladder Road marks the way downhill from this site, and you can enjoy the scenic beauty on the way down as well. This place is a quaint destination to relax and unwind in the midst of nature. 

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Trekking to One Tree Hill Point

Trekking to the One Tree Hill Point is an adventure one must go for once. It is a perfect way spend time with family and friends while connecting with nature. It starts at the base village, Ambewadi. Here, you can find a local guide who will explain to you, in detail, about the history of the region, the specialties, etc. The guide, if desired, will accompany you throughout the trek to familiarize you with the surroundings- the crops that grow in the region, the different landscapes, etc. The funny thing is, even though you can see the One Tree Hill point from the base village of Ambewadi, the point almost disappears throughout the way and reappears only when you're a few minutes away from it.

In this case, the journey is truly the destination, because the entire trek route is equally beautiful as the destination's view. The climb is surrounded by the vast Morbe Dam that sparkles under the gentle sunshine. As one ascends the hilly terrain, everything under starts appearing smaller and smaller, 2700 feet up in the air. Legend says that the great Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj climbed Matheran through this very trail, and hence the steps are called 'Shivaji Steps'.

The trek will slowly lead you into a path into the forest amongst the dense trees sheltering the path with its comforting shadows. The cool breeze ruffling the bushes and the dry leaves crunching under your steps; tiny birds playfully chirping around and faint sound of beetles and crickets in the background- this time spent in the laps of the nature will rejuvenate and relax you to the core.

A small Ganesha Temple marks the beginning of the climb to the One Tree Hill point. The steps are a little rocky, but are not something to worry about. Finally, about 2-3 hours into the trek, you will arrive at the One Tree Hill point! You can see the tiny village of Matheran underneath and the wall that surrounds the hill station too. If you go further, adventure organizers have arranged for a thrilling activity of Valley-Crossing from the One Tree Hill point to the wall of Matheran. It is truly an adrenaline filled experience to enjoy.

What to carry on the trek
A comfortable back pack that holds-
-Sunglasses and cap
-A full outfit of spare clothes
-Mosquito repellant and sun-block
-Lots of water (minimum 4 litres)
-Small packs of nutritional food
-Energy drinks and personal medicine

-Make sure you wear a pair of comfortable cotton clothes that allows your skin to breathe.
-The shoes you wear to the trek must ensure maximum grip and comfort.
-It is best to start the trek latest by 10:00 PM to fully enjoy it before the afternoon heat kicks in.
-Carry or find a make-shift trekking stick that will help you during your climb.

Best Time To Visit One tree hill point

Matheran experiences the best weather post monsoon, during the months between October and March- when the climate is cool, calm and welcoming. This makes it a perfect time to soak in the verdant greenery from One Tree Hill Point.

Tips For Visiting One tree hill point

1. Beware of the monkeys at Matheran. Do not dangle any food in front of them. Otherwise, they are entirely harmless.
2. The resident locals are a very trustworthy and honest people- you can trust them with your baggage or other belongings without hesitation during the day or the night. If you are stuck at any point of time on any route, don't be afraid to ask for help.
3. The trek to the top of the hill is not recommended for the elderly.

How To Reach One tree hill point

Matheran is only about 90 km away from the commercial capital of the country, Mumbai and 120 km away from the hustling and bustling city of Pune. Its proximity to these cities makes it one of the most frequently visited hill stations in the area.

The Neral Railway Station is the closest, at a mere distance of 8 km, a short 20-minute drive. The taxis will drop you off at Dasturi, after which no vehicles are allowed. The Neral Bus Station is also close, at a distance of 9 km- 30 minutes by road.

You can walk to Matheran from Dasturi, hire a haath-rickshaw or choose to ride on a horse. Toy trains also run from Dasturi to Matheran at very economical ticket rates. You can walk to the main marketplace from Dasturi along the train tracks of the toy train too.

It is a 45-minute walk from the Matheran Railway Station. The road is uneven, paved with small stone. So, care must be taken while traversing this path. Alternatively, you can also ride on a pony to the One Tree Hill Point. The pony ride is a little expensive so makes sure to properly bargain before hiring a pony.

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