Thane, like Mumbai, boasts of a very vibrant cosmopolitan culture.
The city has grown manifold in recent years, spurred by a residential boom due to people moving away from the Mumbai city to find affordable and good homes as well as amenities in Thane. Thane also boasts of chemical, engineering, textile and electrical industries. Recently, Software centres, BPO and Callcentres.
Shopping Malls and Cinema Theatres :
Sprouting Eternity mall at Teen Haat Naka is a stones throw away from Hotel Sharanam as well as Kalpatharu Mall. You will find a multiplex at Lake City Mall on Ghodbunder Road.
The city has older single-screen theatres - Malhar Talkies on Gokhale Road, Anand Talkies near Thane station on the east side and Cinemax or Cinewonder near Ghodbunder Road.
Water Park :
Suraj Water Park is an excellent water recreation paradise, spread over 17 acres, located 8 km from Thane. It is an ideal get-away when in Thane for a water-therapy to relieve your stress. This park holds an entry in the coveted Limca Book of Records for the largest man-made fibre cave of 103 ft. in length
Boating in the Lakes of Thane : Thane is also known as the City of Lakes. The most beautiful lake would be the Masunda Talao, also known as Talao Pali. This lake offers boating and water scooter facilities. Upvan Lake would probably be full of couples. There are 21 other lakes spread all across the city.
Historical Places to Visit
Mahabaleshwar is a perfect combination for the both the history and nature lovers. The Mahabaleshwar temple with a mention year 1215 as the date when the King Singhan of Deogiri visited Old Mahabaleshwar
Raigad : Fort Raigad was the capital of the illustrious Maratha sovereign, nurtured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for his prophetic vision of Hindavi Swarajya. It has been described by European historians as 'The Gibraltar of East'. Various landmarks have lent it the credo of 'Shivtirth'.
Panhala Fort :
Panhala fort is 18 km northwest to Kolhapur. It has legendary connection with God Parashurama, but is probably founded by King Raja Bhoja in the late twelfth century. It covers a vast area, with massive perimeter walls over 7 km in length and a steep slope beneath. There are also some ramparts erected by the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur army.
Exactly behind Junnar city one can see a beautiful hillock. Yes! this is Shivneri what we are looking for. Shivneri was the birth place of Shivaji Maharaj and the place where he spent his early childhood. With all the contradictions running in mind we consider the birth date of Shivaji Maharaj to be 19 Feb 1630.
Places for Nature Lovers
Lonaval and Khandala :
Experience breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls during the monsoon, and the surrounding mountains spread out to the horizon. A trip here can be combined with Karla, Bhaja, and Bedsa caves. Blessed by the nature in bounty, the hill resorts have plethora of places of Tourist Attraction - Beautiful Hills, Deep Green Valleys, Huge Lakes, Historic Forts, Waterfalls...
Matheran is a fascinating hill-station 80-km east of Mumbai in Alibag district is at an altitude of 800m. This little hill paradise has been left largely undisturbed, since the time when an Englishman, Hugh Mallet, Collector of Thane, discovered it in 1850 and declared it a fine place for shady walks. Ideally suited for the weekend, Matheran provides a break from the city.
Mahabaleshwar : Situated amidst the high range of Sahyadri, Murudeshwar offers breathtaking views of evergreen forest and lush undergrowth of valleys below. Many springs and waterfalls in this area offers many picnic spots. With good roads leading it makes for an easy aproach, with winding rides through thick foliage are an experience in themselves. Must visit place for a nature lover.
Malshej Ghat : This waterfall down the cliff face and the cool mist is an energising place to visit. Emerging into this mist covered world from the tunnel at the top of the ghat, with glimpses of tall rugged mountains towering all around and breathtaking sight of a flock of flamingoes rising from monsoon lakes has you convinced of having stumbled upon Mumbai’s very own ShangriLa but a highly accessible one.
A popular picnic spot for the young crowds from Mumbai City, is located to the east of Vasai close to the Mumbai - Ahmedabad Highway. In the center of the thick forest, this waterfall flows almost continuously from June to October. The waterfall is about 100 ft. high and 20 ft. broad.