On February 12th, we went on a day trip to Matheran, which is a 'Hill Station' approximately 70 miles east of Mumbai. A 'Hill Station' is the Indian term for a retreat/tourist destination/nature park. Matheran has been a popular retreat to escape the heat of Mumbai since the 19th century.
As always the trip through the countryside is a big part of the adventure.
Several years ago the road into Matheran was closed as traffic was overwhelming the village. Access is now via foot, a narrow gauge railway which was unfortunately already sold-out , or by horseback - which we ended up doing and it was a big hit with the girls.
So we spent about 4 hours riding horses, getting off frequently to take pictures of the monkeys,
riding a bit further, getting off the horses again, and getting our pictures taken.