Matheran was discovered in 1850 by Hugh Poyntz Malet the then collector of Thane district. The hill station grew more accessible and popular under the patronage of Lord Elphinstone, the then Governor of Bombay. He introduced roadway and in 1907 opened a mountain railway (toy train) for the first time.

The 20 kms toy train journey takes you through spectacular grassy hill slides, plains, sheer cliffs, plateaux and thick forest cover from Neral.