You set off on the old Bombay Pune road through Dadar, Chembur, New Bombay…
You get on to the Mumbai Pune Expressway at Panvel. (Near McDonalds)…Make sure you get onto the expressway as otherwise you will spend an hour getting through the congested streets of Panvel.
Once on the Expressway make sure you do not miss the first exit (Shedung/Khopoli Exit) that comes less than 5 minutes after you get onto the expressway at McDonalds. (Here you will need to Pay a Toll at the toll-booth for using the expressway).
Now this exit gets you back onto the Old Bombay Pune Road. Once again you will have to pay a toll for using the old Bombay Pune Road. (Toll in both places is about Rs.32 each).
Now follow the old Bombay Pune road for about 10 km. this will bring you to a crossing where a big green sign asks you to turn left for Karjat/Matheran. (Do not miss this crossing as otherwise you will end up in Khopoli). (At this Crossing is a big board advertining “N.D. STUDIOS”)
9 km After turning left you reach another crossing outside Karjat where you need to turn left towards Neral.
11 km After turning left, you will reach the bottom of the Matheran Hill ghat road.
Turn left here and climb 7 km to the Matheran Dasturi Car park.
It is a steep and narrow road but well surfaced for the most part. When you reach the car park find a parking space in the designated area and park your car.
No vehicles are allowed to pass this point but it's a pleasant 40-minute walk to the center of Matheran and Lord's Central Hotel 2 minutes later.
If walking doesn't appeal to you for some or the other reason, you can avail of a hand pulled rickshaw or an exhilarating horseback ride. Porters are available to carry your luggage.