Located to the North West of Maharashtra, Thane is a metropolitan city that's the closest neighbour of Mumbai. With its natural beauty on one hand and rapid industrial development on the other, Thane (Read More) has evolved as one of the most perfectly balanced metropolitan cities in India. Known as the 'city of lakes' with the 7 lakes in the city,

Here is the list of 22 Things to Do in Thane

1. Elvis Butterfly Garden

Elvis Butterfly Garden

The Elvis Butterfly Garden is an open-air butterfly park. It is home to more than 132 species of butterflies that can be seen throughout the year. The park owner accompanies all visitors, showing them around and explain the various stages of a butterfly’s life - from an egg to a caterpillar to a Pupa.

2. Jog and Chill at the Lakeside Eatery at Upvan Lake

Jog and Chill at the Lakeside Eatery at Upvan Lake

The Upvan Lake, an artificial, eco-friendly lake in Thane, Maharashtra, built in 1880 by Thane Municipal Corporation, was re-constructed by JK Singhania for the supply of water to the Raymond Factory. It is now regarded as one of the most scenic lakes in the country, famously known for hosting the Sanskruti Arts Festival annually.

3. Sargam Water Park

Sargam Water Park

Sargam Water Park and resort in Thane is a perfect amusement park for a short weekend getaway. Located amidst natural mango orchards, this amusement park has plenty to serve to their visitors. Starting from fantastic water rides and swimming pools to a stretch of lush green mango farm.

4. Bird-watching at Talao Pali

Bird-watching at Talao Pali

Talao Pali or Masunda Lake is one of the most popular hangout spots in Mumbai offering a lot of exciting activities and food to the locals and the tourists. It is  considered as one of the most beautiful lakes in Maharashtra and has the most popular spots for a small picnic or a casual stroll in Mumbai.

5. Tour the Ghodbunder Fort

Tour the Ghodbunder Fort

One of the oldest and most famous forts is the Ghodbunder Fort constructed around the 16th century AD. The place derives its name from two words- Ghod meaning horses and bunder meaning Fort. The fort derived this name because it was initially used by the Portuguese to trade their horses with the Arabs.

6. Mesmerising Sunsets at Kelva Beach

Mesmerising Sunsets at Kelva Beach

Stretching for a coastline of 7 km along the gorgeous Arabian Sea, Kelva Beach is one of the top weekend getaways in Maharashtra. Line with beautiful Suru trees, the dreamy golden sands of the beach are ideal for sunbathing, lazing or taking long romantic walks.

7. Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary

Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary

Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Although the sanctuary is one of the less-discovered places of Maharashtra, it is exotic in its location and picturesque surroundings. The Sanctuary is home to a dense Mangrove forest and more than thousands of birds.

8. Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary

 Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary

Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary located in Thane District. It is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in Maharashtra and accommodates a wide range of rare species, both flora and fauna. The wildlife sanctuary is spread across 320 square kilometres in Shahpur, Wada, Mokhada and Talukas that come under the district of Thane.

9. Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden

Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden

The Ovalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden is situated in Ovale Village in Thane, Maharashtra. The park is home to over 500 species of butterflies. There are over 80 species of plants that serve the butterflies in some way; nectar or breeding. The butterflies migrate from October to December and then from April to June.

10. Vardhaman Fantasy Amusement Park

Vardhaman Fantasy Amusement Park

Vardhaman Fantasy Amusement Park is located in Shivar Nagar, Thane, Maharashtra. It is renowned for the miniature models of the Seven Wonders of the World that have been constructed using thermocol. There are several themes to the park such as the Texas Cowboy, Greek Village, Colo Theatrum, Viva Las Vegas and Lake Venetia.

11. Stroll through Tansa Dam

Stroll through Tansa Dam

Located in Thane district of Maharashtra, Tansa Dam is a large gravity dam which is used for generating water for drinking and other multipurpose activities. Popular for being one of the seven sources of drinking water supply in Mumbai, the dam is also a popular tourist spot owing to its picturesque environment and serenity.

12. Historical Momument - Vasai Fort

Historical Momument - Vasai Fort

Located in the town of Vasai in the Palghar District of Maharashtra, Vasai Fort is a majestic fort and a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Also known as Fort Bassein or Fort Bacaim, it overlooks the confluence of the River Ulhas in the background and is one of the top tourist destinations in the region.

13. St. John the Baptist Church

St. John the Baptist Church

Christianity has existed in Thane since the 16th century, and the St John the Baptist church stands in glory as a proof to it. This church is one of the oldest in Thane and has existed over 500 years. This magnificent church surrounded by the Masunda Lake imparts a picturesque view to the entire city.

14. Eat at the Famous Mamledar Misal Restaurant

Eat at the Famous Mamledar Misal Restaurant

This traditional Marathi joint has been catering to food lovers for over 65 years now with drool-worthy Maharashtrian snacks, especially their Masala Misal. What started as a 50 sq ft stall in 1952 has extended 14 of its branches in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai; the 83-year-old owner plans to serve their Misal in Pune soon. Being a government-authorized canteen, the Thane branch has been leased out to the family for 99 years, so you know you have enough time to enjoy this savoury delight!

15. Trek to Yeoor Hills

Trek to Yeoor Hills

Famous as the beautiful and quick getaway from the chaos of metropolis, Yeoor hills is located in Upvan, in the Thane district of Mumbai, Maharashtra. The place experiences its first rainfall from the monsoon winds, making the surroundings more vibrant and refreshing.

16. Tungareshwar Waterfall

Tungareshwar Waterfall

Situated within the premises of the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary near Thane in Maharashtra, Tungareshwar Waterfall is a gorgeous waterfall and a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai and other neighbouring cities. Boasting of a rich and diverse wildlife and flourishing flora and fauna, the spot is best visited in the rainy season and is goes by the name of “monsoon spot”.

17. Artificial Fountains at Kachrali Lake

Artificial Fountains at Kachrali Lake

Kachrali Lake is a beautiful water body which houses a little island at its centre. It is situated in Thane opposite to the Thane Municipal Corporation building. The Lake is a favourite spot amongst the locals and tourists to visit for some tranquillity. The lake has artificial water fountains adding to the scenic view.

18. Incredible Trek to Mahuli Fort

Incredible Trek to Mahuli Fort

Perched at a height of 2815 ft., atop a mighty hill, Mahuli Fort is not only the highest pinnacle point in all of Thane but is also a very popular trekking destination. Considered to be a haven for rock climbers and adventure enthusiasts, it is also a common favourite among nature lovers as it is surrounded by a dense green forest.

19. Pray at Kalibari Temple

Pray at Kalibari Temple

The Kalibari Temple (also known as Kalibari Mandir) in Thane West, Mumbai is sacred spot of worship in honor of the Goddess Kali, a deity belonging to the Hindu religion. The temple, with a structure that resembles that of ancient temples in Orissa was established by a community of Bengali families.

20. View the Beauty of Vasai Creek

View the Beauty of Vasai Creek

Vasai Creek, also known as Bhayander Creek, is one of the inlets in the shoreline of the Arabian Sea. The local trains which run between Vasai-Virar and Mumbai cross the Vasai Bridge to reach their destination. There are two Bridges over the Vasai Creek which connect to the Western Railway Route.

21. Visit the Jagannath Mahadev Temple

Visit the Jagannath Mahadev Temple

Snuggled in the Gaimukh Village of Maharashtra, the Jagannath Temple is backed with hills and the vast blue sea waters. Dedicated to the Hindu deity, Shiva, this temple lies on the lush green hills of Maharashtra and provides a panoramic view of the Vasai creek. One would have to ascend around 100 steps to trek to the temple, however motorable roads are accessible as well.

22. Food, Drinks and Shopping

Food, Drinks and Shopping
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Shopping malls in Thane are a great way to spend some great family time or to have a chill time with your friends. Head out for some retail therapy to indulge yourself in purchasing some of the finest or most basic things.

This post was published by Avneet Kang

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