Neral, India

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Neral - Payarmal
Neral - Payarmal
Neral is located in Maharashtra
Coordinates: 19°01′28.57″N 73°18′56.58″E / 19.0246028°N 73.3157167°E / 19.0246028; 73.3157167Coordinates: 19°01′28.57″N 73°18′56.58″E / 19.0246028°N 73.3157167°E / 19.0246028; 73.3157167
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Raigad
 • Type Gram Panchayat
 • Body Neral Gram Panchayat
 • Sarpanch Bhagwan Chanche
 • Up-Sarpanch Ballal Joshi
Elevation 40 m (130 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 16,060
 • Density 368/km2 (950/sq mi)
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration MH - 46

Neral is a town in Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.[1][2] It is 83 km from Mumbai in the Karjat tehsil.

It is best known as a railroad junction, with trains arriving from Mumbai and from Pune, India. to the nearby and very popular hill station of Matheran. A narrow-gauge rail line, 21 km long, ("toy train") runs from Neral to Matheran.[citation needed] Nearest major towns are Badlapur and Karjat.

The heavy rains on 26 July 2005 ruined the rail tracks and it had stopped operating,but the train has successfully started operating from 5 March 2007. The other option available to reach Matheran is to take a taxi to a certain point (called dasturi naka) just before Matheran city boundary, beyond which one may proceed only on foot or on horseback.[citation needed]


Neral is located at 19°02′N 73°19′E / 19.03°N 73.32°E / 19.03; 73.32. It has an average elevation of 40 metres (131 feet).


As of 2001 India census,[3] Neral had a population of 14,739. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Neral has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 76%, and female literacy is 64%. In Neral, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.[citation needed]

Matheran Toy Train[edit]

The world famous Neral - Matheran Toy Train departs form Neral Station.[citation needed]

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