Mumbai-Dasturi is 2.5 hours by road. The car park is 4.5 kms away from the property at Dasturi – which is as far as motor vehicles are allowed. You have to pay for parking, and for a ticket to enter Matheran.
From Dasturi one can walk, hire coolies @ Rs. 300 onwards (for your baggage), ride a horse (Rs. 400 onwards), or take a hand-pulled rickshaw (Rs. 600 onwards) to reach the property. The journey up to The Verandah in the Forest takes just over an hour.
Guests are advised to reach Dasturi well before the sunset to relish the jungle and to truly enjoy their arrival at The Verandah.
There is also the option of taking one of the Mumbai-Pune express trains to Neral Junction (please check the schedule as not all of them stop at Neral) from where a 107 year old heritage toy hill train to chug up 21 km to Matheran can be taken. Alternatively, for faster transportation, one can take a taxi from Neral to the Dasturi car park and take the newly launched route of the toy train from the Aman lodge station to the Matheran station directly (tickets can be booked on the spot).
Don't Forget !
Your walking shoes (preferably old), hats, mosquito repellent, and umbrellas & rain coats in the monsoon season !
These above rates are valid till 31st March 2016.
The weekday rate is applicable from Sunday-Thursday. The weekend rate is applicable on Friday and Saturday.
Off-season discount : 20% on all rooms from 15 June to 15 Sep.
Daily housekeeping is included in the room rate.
There is a private bathroom for each unit.
Common hospitality practices like televisions in rooms and room service are avoided. This is part of the heritage USP.
There is no minimum stay requirement.
An extra bed can be arranged if space permits @ Rs. 750 (taxes extra) for a child and Rs. 1100 (taxes extra) for an adult.
All rooms are air-cooled.
Food & Beverage
Breakfast is included in the room tariff. Fixed menus are offered at per head rates: Lunch Rs. 600/- and Dinner Rs. 700/- (including taxes).
The mandatory gala dnner for 24th and 31st December @ Rs. 1200/- (+ taxes) per person is payable in advance at the time of booking.
Bar facility is not yet available.