Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A beautiful stay in Matheran

A wonderful host, excellent large rooms, a lawn, the sweet chirping of the birds and all of this, at a very affordable price. Where in the world do you get a combination of all these. Although, it's named Hope Hall Hotel , it is a more of a farmhouse. Run by a family of Brother, Sister and Mother , Maria is really a very kind and warm hearted host. 

Matheran is a small hill station near Mumbai, indeed the smallest hill station of India. The stay in Hope Hall Hotel adds to the charm of it. As me and a friend entered the main gate, we were welcomed by the barking of the countless dogs, who later became great friends, and would be the ones to guard us when we would return late at night. Maria welcomed us a smile, showed us the rooms and without a second thought, we knew we going to stay here. Maria charged us around Rs 800/- for a room, large enough to accommodate 6-7 persons, but unfortunately :P , we were just two. She then offered us tea, and told how the lovely property had been transfered by the Portuguese to her great grandfather in the past, and since then, it has been the love as well as the 'bread and butter' of the family. She told about her countless dogs, which to our surprise, were all vegetarian. Interesting place !! 

Rest of the story follows with the photos. 

 "The woods are lovely, dark and deep. 
But I have promises to keep, 
and miles to go before I sleep. "

Which one is the right way ? Which way to go ? Both !...one by one

The deep woods of Matheran

The Large Spacious room with natural lighting and a nice corridor.

Like a boss ... 2 in a room for 6 :D

The lovely farmhouse flora

A nice read amidst the hills

A large farmhouse in the smallest hill station of India

With Maria...a great host

The huge rock collection of Maria. Each of them had a story, or a person or a place behind it.

A rocky world

The most Sparkling one

Amber...the one which can save you from Asthma

Do read about Matheran, the smallest hill station of India, one the very few no-vehicle hill stations.