The city of Thane is a great getaway from Mumbai. Its beautiful lakes, lovely locales, boat rides and old forts makes it a popular weekend spot for tourists. The most popular lake here is the Upwan Talao, which is also famous for hosting the Sanskruti Arts Festival. This sparkling lake also houses a Ganesha temple near its confines. Enjoy the thrill of water rides at the Suraj Water Park, which also doubles up as a picnic spot here. The Masunda Lake is another famous lake, which offers boating and water scooter facilities as well. Don't forget to try out the delicious local snacks that are sold here! Thane offers a chance to discover the unique flavours of Maharashtrian cuisine. Lodging here is not a problem with numerous hotels and guest houses available as per the tourist's requirement. If nature is something that you wish to explore, Thane is the place to be!
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The first railway line of india was started from mumbai to Thane and at present Thane is a junction railway station that is a part of the Central Mumbai Suburban Railway stretch. This is the busiest station in the suburban route and handles about 650000 people and 1000 trains each day. The station has 10 platforms out of which 1-4 are for slow trains, 5-8 for fast trains and the rest for long distance travelling.
Nahur Railway Station
There are few ways to reach Bandup Pumping Stations, one from directly Eastern express highway, second from Train. Again from train, one can go from Bhandhup stations (West) or Nahur stations (East), from Bhandhup Stations it’s time and money consuming than Nahur stations (East). We went from Nahur Stations in rickshaw which cost us 20-30 Rs.
This is a local rstaurant and café for some nice traditional food that Benaras is known for. The Kachori Sabzi, samosa, jalebis and other south Indian food are well served here. The lunch thalish serve a good quantity and the prices for everything are very low. They have a good and simple seating arrangement on the upper level and this place is more airy than the ground floor. You can have some really good time out there while you eat the food and do people watching from there.
Mumba Devi Temple
Mumbadevi temple, situated in the crowded area of Zaveri Bazaar in South Mumbai, is an iconic shrine and one of the oldest in the city. Mumba Devi Temple, the temple which gave this city its name- Mumbai. The temple is a complete five senses experience. It stands in its resplendent colors with beautiful chandan aroma and cymbals reverberating holy vibes in the temple. The temple houses small stalls of flowers, color, astrologers and basket makers.
“Children they forget to eat – so do their parents!” says Made, our Balinese friend about the joys of kite flying. Watching kites fly in Bali, flying kites in Bali, viewing kites and purchasing kites in Bali is an experience not to be missed. Wherever you are on this small but bustling island, a kite can be seen at huge heights above beaches, villages, and rice fields. Steeped in cultural, religious, and playful significance – kiting in Bali is an important consideration for the traveller, and one recommended not to be missed. There are international kite flying competitions held in Bali, it is that popular. And it is free to watch, and maybe have a bit of a fly yourself.
Another hidden gem inside the bustling city. You will see many people walking on the concrete paved roads and think that even this place has been taken over by them. Little do people know the vast jungle they are offered to explore when one intends to venture a little deeper and explore extensively.
Bhandup Pumping Station
This might look to you as just a pumping station and bus stand by the creek but it is a bird watcher's paradise early in the mornings especially during the winters. As you sit here silently during the mornings, you will catch sight of some of the most beautiful birds that you would have thought only existed in the sanctuaries. This includes herons, bulbuls, cornorants and many others. Showing of their skills and in their musical tones they will make your day.
Mumbai - Pune Highway
We reached Mumbai Pune highway and stuck our thumbs out hoping somebody would give us a lift. A dozen trucks and tempos passed by and nobody stopped .It didn’t hamper our spirits down though. It was already evening and this generous guy Ajinkya, stopped by seeing us walking down the road and with a wide grin on his face he asked us if he can drop us somewhere. It was a Hero Activa ,and we were tripling to Warje with him. He was a Marathi student and we hummed the latest Sairat songs on the way .He even directed us on how to go ahead to Swargate from where we could find a State bus or any cars going towards Mahabaleshwar.