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. Neral is a place which is the center between Mumbai and Pune, Neral has State Highway which is connecting to Karjat, NH4, Panvel and Badlapur, people who visits Neral from Mumbai take the via. Panvel route which is more better, faster and easy to drive. Neral has now so many developers who are coming from the nearest cities and developing it, there are approximately 15 big projects with multi facilities & township planning are on going and 50 above local builders have already started developing it. Development has turned the property rates high in Neral by 2015 end flats are sold by the rates of 2400/- INR to 4000/- per sq. ft. shops are of different rates. Soon Neral will be the developed town and will catch more attraction of property buyers. There is one new multi facilities hospital (Raigad Hospital & Research Center) much needed in the area which is located in the nearest area Bhivpuri - Neral Highway. Neral is just a second step of Navi Mumbai that makes Neral more worth to buy a property there also Matheran the Hill Station is the attraction for property buyers.

It is best known as a railroad junction, with trains arriving from Mumbai and from Pune. 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. 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


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).

Matheran Toy Train[edit]

The world famous Neral - Matheran Toy Train departs form Neral Station.

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