|Masunda Lake||Located right in the heart of the city|
|Upvan Lake||Close to Shivai Nagar, Vartak Nagar and Vasant Vihar|
|Thane Creek||Covers the area from Mumbra Retibunder to the Mankhurd-Vashi Bridge|
|Gadkari Rangayatan||Located adjacent the famous lake of Thane - Masunda Lake|
|Kopineshwar Mandir||Erected on the banks of the Talao Pali at Bazaar Peth on Station Road|
|Titwala Ganesh Mandir||Located at Titwala|
|Ambreshwar Shiva Temple, Ambarnath||Located on the banks of the river Vadavan|
|St. John the Baptist Church||Near the Thane Railway Station|
|St. James Church||Located close to the Thane town head post office|
|Jama Mosque||Located in Mohagir Guftar|
|Bassein Fort||Located in Vasai village in Thane district|
|Ganeshpuri||Located about 53 kilometers from Thane in Thane district|
|Kashi-Mira||2 kilometers from Thane Railway Station|
|Vajreshwari||Located at the foothills of Mandakini Mountains approximately 44 kilometers from Thane|
|Jawhar||Located about 139 km from Thane city|
|Naneghat Hills||Located in the Malshej region of Thane|
|Yeoor Hills||Located towards the eastern periphery of Sanjay Gandhi National Park|
|Tikuji Ni Wadi||Located just 6 kilometers from Thane Railway Station|
|Suraj Water Park||Located about 8 kilometers from Thane Railway station on the Ghodbunder Road|
Masunda Lake, located right in the heart of this ‘Lake City’ is the most beautiful and most popular amongst the 30 lakes of Thane. Widely reckoned by the name ‘Talao Pali’, Masunda Lake comprises one of the most visited tourist destinations of the city. Tourists as well as the locals throng the Masunda Lake to enjoy boating and water scooter rides and also relax in the vicinity of the Talao forgetting all the routine tensions. Foodies are also entertained here to their heart’s content at the eating joints laid along the fringes of the lake. On the banks of the Talao Masunda is located a majestic temple of Kopineshwar dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kopineshwar Temple revamped by Chimajji Appa in the year 1750 happens to be the oldest temple of Thane.
Upvan Lake, one of the biggest amongst the 30 lakes of Thane is parked close to Shivai Nagar, Vartak Nagar and Vasant Vihar. Set up in the Pokhran II area of Thane and surrounded by the famous Yeur Hills, Upvan Lake is a much loved recreational locale for the citizens of Thane as well as for the tourists. Reputed as the ‘lover's paradise’ of this lake city, Upvan Lake, a serene, enrapturing and captivating vicinity is a not to miss attraction of Thane.
A part of the estuary of the Ulhas River that opens into Mumbai Harbour where a tiny course of water from the Arabian Sea is expanded along the Ghodbunder Road is known as the famous Thane Creek. The creek covers the area from Mumbra Retibunder to the Mankhurd-Vashi Bridge. The city Thane is established at the head of the Thane Creek. Apart from functioning as a natural armor to Thane, this creek has also been serving as the opening of the sea route and an important harbour since ages. The Bombay Natural History Society has recognised Thane Creek as a standout Bird Conservation Area. It serves as a home to more than 205 species of birds including wading and migratory birds. Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Whistling Teals, Avocet, Hoopoe, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, White Stork, Asian Open Bill Stork, Pied Avocet, Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone, etc. are some of the birds sighted at the Thane Creek. Indian Bird Conservation Department has been made in charge of protecting these rare species of birds at Thane Creek.
Gadkari Rangayatan, located adjacent the famous lake of Thane - Masunda Lake is a drama theatre exceptionally acclaimed for hosting various cultural festivals all round the year. Named in the honor of the great Marathi writer, poet, humorist and playwright Shri Ram Ganesh Gadkari, this theatre was constructed in the year 1979 by the Thane Municipal Council with the aim of preserving and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Thane. Since its establishment, the Rangayatan has been hosting various cultural programs as well as different Marathi plays.
Kopineshwar Mandir, erected on the banks of the Talao Pali at Bazaar Peth on Station Road is one of the oldest places of worship in the city Thane. One of the most venerated temples of Thane, the Kopineshwar Mandir dedicated to lord Shiva is a must visit religious destinations of the city. A huge statue of Nandi; the mythological vehicle of Lord Shiva is set up at the entrance of the temple. The sanctum of the Mandir houses a huge Shiva Lingam which is 5 feet in height and 5 feet in its diameter. Six smaller shrines dedicated to various Hindu deities namely Lord Ram, Lord Hanuman, Brahma Dev, Shitala Devi, Kalika Devi and Uttareshwar are positioned within the premises of the Kopineshwar Mandir. A shrine dedicated to Goddess Gayatri is set up just opposite the shrine of Kalika Devi. These small temples built in wood and roofed with red tiles till reatin their past glory and artictic splendor. Unlike its hustling bustling surroundings, the ambeince of Kopineshwar Mandir Complex is very peaceful and tranquil. Believed to be built during the governance of Silhara Kings, this temple was renovated by Chimajji Appa in the year 1750. It is also said that the Shiva Lingam enshrined in this temple was found by the Silhara Kings under water.
Titwala Ganesh Mandir
Titwala Ganesh Mandir, widely reckoned as the Siddhivinayaka Mahaganapati Temple is located at Titwala in Thane District. Titwala, earlier a part of Dandakaranya Forest refered to in the Ramayana and Mahabharata is believed to be the birthplace of the legendary sage Kanva; the foster father of Shakuntala. It is further supposed that this temple of Siddhivinayaka was set up by Shakuntala in order to meet her husband Dushyanta who had forgotten her by the curse of Sage Durvasa. The Siddhivinayaka Mahaganapati Temple of Titwala dedicated to Lord Ganesha is much frequented by the devotees as it is believed that the separated couples are reunited by the grace of this Lord Ganesha. As recorded in the history of this temple, the shrine was discovered during the Peshwa rule while de-slitting a water tank. Madhavrao Peshwa I immediately undertook the restoration of the temple and also consecrated the Ganesha Idol in the sanctorum. The present temple was built in the year 1965-66 at the expense of 2 lakh rupees which was further renovated in May 2009 by the temple trust and the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation at the cost of over 15 million INR. The temple of Siddhivinayaka Mahaganapati is crammed by the devotees specially on the auspicious days of Angarika Chaturthi, Sankashti Chaturthi, Ganeshotsav and Ganesh Jayanti.
Ambreshwar Shiva Temple, Ambarnath
Ambreshwar Shiva Temple located on the banks of the river Vadavan at Ambarnath in Thane District is dedicated to the God of destruction; Lord Shiva. Estimated to be constructed during the dominance of King Chittaraja of Shilahara dynasty in 1060 AD this temple was rebuilt by his son King Mummuni. The exquisitely carved stonework of this temple reveals the Hemadpanthi order of temple architecture. According to a prevalent legend, it was actually erected by the five Pandava brothers overnight. A flight of 20 stairs lead us down into the sanctum where a Shiva Lingam is enshrined. The floor of the sanctum fashioned after the mat of Lord Shiva made of the tiger skin is designed in uneven circles. The ornately decorated Sabha Mandapa of the temple having a concave ceiling is positioned diagonally across the sanctum. The outer walls of the shrine depict the episodes related to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and the vehicle Nandi. A big fair is held at the Ambreshwar Shiva Temple on the occasion of Mahashivratri which continues for four days.
St. John the Baptist Church
St. John Baptist Church earlier known as St. Anthony’s Church is a famous landmark of Thane city. Set up to the north of the well known Masunda Lake of Thane near the Thane Railway Station, this Christian place of worship was constructed in 1582 AD by Portuguese Franciscans Missionaries under the guidance of Fr. Antonio do Porto. When Thane was taken over by Marathas in 1737 AD, they demolished all the churches of the city except for this one. Over the centuries several alterations have been made to the original structure of this Franciscan church and today only the main wooden altar, the pair of side altars and the ceiling of the former church exist. In the year 1965, the front portion of the church was expanded to meet the ever increasing number of the parishioners.
St. James Church
St. James Church, also known as ‘English Church’ is located close to the Thane town head post office in Thane. This age old church set up in 1825 AD is a huge tabernacle which is 90 feet in length, 60 feet in width and 70 feet in height. Boasting of its rich architectural grandeur of Gothic style, the main entrance of St. James Church is festooned with a magnificent porch built out of Greek stone and enclosed by 6 tall pillars. The central part of the church is adorned with a 33 feet wide, 55 feet long and 24 feet tall wooden ceiling. Near the second entrance that faces the cemetery is placed a white marbled baptismal font. Administered by the Government till the independence, St. James Church now falls under the authority of the Bombay Diocesan Trust Association.
Jama Mosque, one of the outstanding Masjids of Thane is a grand edifice located in Mohagir Guftar. Even though the roots of its genesis are concealed behind the veil of antiquity, it is reported that the mosque was revamped by the wife of Jusab Menun during the 1970s. A pristine lake is docked in the premises of the Masjid on whose banks a Dargah dedicated to the great saint of Islam named Nuribaba is built. Every year on 10th December a Urus procession is held at the Jama Mosque of Thane commemorating the death anniversary of Nuribaba when the Masjid receives a deluge of devotees.
‘Bassein Fort’, also known as Vasai Fort or the ‘Fort of St. Sebastian of Vasai’ is a massive fortification located in Vasai village in Thane district. Formerly belonging to the Arab Sultanate of Khambat (Cambay), this fort was ceased by the Portuguese in 1400. Under the Portuguese, the Bassein Fort functioned as the headquarters of the Captain of ‘Corte da Norte’ (Northern Court). In 1739 the fort was taken over by Marathas which later changed hands from Marathas to the British East India Co. Today, a number of watch towers, facades and arches of the fort are intact while the Portuguese settlements within the fort premises are in ruins. Three 17th century Portuguese churches are in recognizable condition even today and the fortifications built overlooking the Creek of Vasai have also survived the test of time. Presently, the Bassein Fort is used as the backdrop to a number of Bollywood films. Some of the Hindi films shot here include Josh, Ram Gopal Verma's Aag and Khamoshi. Other than its ancient architecture, this fort is also acclaimed for its affluence of plants, butterflies, birds and reptiles. Today, the Archaeological Survey of India has undertaken the restoration work of Bassein Fort.
Ganeshpuri located about 53 kilometers from Thane in Thane district is a very popular tourist destination and the much venerated venue of the Gurudev Sidha Peeth. Gurudev Sidha Peeth, one of the major teaching centers of Siddha Yoga in India is also reckoned far and wide for housing the Samadhi of Bhagwan Nityananda, a great Indian Guru. Apart from that Ganeshpuri is also famed for its natural hot water springs believed to be having the medicinal values that could cure various skin diseases.
Kashi-Mira is a compound epithet used for two distinct villages of Thane district Kashi and Mira. Located adjacent to each other, these two villages are particularly exalted for their infinite natural pulchritude. Flourishing with their immense scenic beauty and picturesque surroundings, both of these villages can be reached after crossing the check post at Dahisar. The path that leads to Kashi-Mira is a zigzag road passing through the verdant hilly plateau of Thane. St. Jerome’s Church constructed in the year 1595 stands at the boundary of these two stunningly spectacular villages.
Vajreshwari, a small village located at the foothills of Mandakini Mountains approximately 44 kilometers from Thane along the Mumbai Ahmedabad NH 8, is famous for its natural hot water springs and the temple of Goddess Vajreshwari. Earlier known as Vadvali, this village is believed to have been formed as a result of some volcanic eruption. The hillock which bears the Vajreshwari Temple offers a spectacular vista of the widespread Tansa Riverbed.
Jawhar, a former princely state and now a municipal council of Thane district located about 139 km from Thane city is a beautiful hill station nestled in the cradle of charming hilly region of Maharashtra. Nicknamed as the ‘Mahabaleshwar of Thane’ owing to its breathtaking scenic beauty and pleasant climate, Jawhar is one of the most frequented weekend getaways from Mumbai. Inhabited by tribal communities and governed by the tribal kings of Munke family in olden days, today Jawhar is a thriving center of the splendid Warli Art. Some of the major attractions of Jawhar include Jai Vilas Palace, Palusa Falls, Dadara Kopra Falls, Bhupatghad Fort, Sunset Points, Hanuman Point, etc. Jai Vilas Palace set up by a tribal king Yashvanrao Munke today provides a peep into the culture and the life style of erstwhile tribal kings of Jawhar. Surrounded by far flung cashew nut plantations this palace is a worth visit destination around Thane. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had halted at Jawhar on his way to Surat.
Naneghat Hills located in the Malshej region of Thane is one of the most frequented tourist attractions near Mumbai. Perched at the altitude of about 838.2 meters above the sea level, Naneghat Hills is celebrated for its antecedent mountain pass extending from Ghatmatha to Konkan. This mountain pass comprises of a number of rock-cut water reservoirs and historical caves. Some of these caves have preserved stone inscriptions imprinted in Brahmi language. Nanacha Angatha, the crest of Naneghat Hills is a favorite destination for the rock climbers and mountaineers.
Tikuji Ni Wadi
Tikuji Ni Wadi, located just 6 kilometers from Thane Railway Station along the Ghodbunder-Thane Road is a family fun resort nestled amidst the beautiful hills and lush green valleys of Manpada Chitalsar of Thane. Established in the year 1983, and sprawling over an all embracing area of 20 acres of land, this theme park is a dreamland of incredible entertainment in the lap of nature. Tikuji Ni Wadi comprises of three sections; an amusement park, a water park and a resort. The amusement park includes a number of enchanting rides such as UFO cycle, spin coaster, worm coaster, climbing car, animal kingdom, fairy train, space ship, bumper cars, safari adventure, go-karts, dragon ship, whirlwind chairs, giant wheel, frog ride, and super jet and so on. The summoning rides at the water park include the lazy river, family pool, water slides, wave pool, kids’ pool, blue water café etc. Wedding, corporate events, birthday parties, school picnics and other events can also be organized at Tikuji Ni Wadi. The timings of the water park are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and those of the amusement park are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Suraj Water Park
Suraj Water Park located about 8 kilometers from Thane Railway station on the Ghodbunder Road is yet another theme park settled in the vicinity of Thane that beckons myriads of visitors every single day. Spread over an extensive area of about 17 acres, Suraj Water Park is a fantabulous water recreation paradise that offers unlimited wild water entertainment. Designed by White Water West Industries of Canada and decorated with mermaids, Suraj Water Park is Asia's largest cave extensively made of fibre - glass. The enormous statue of Lord Shiva and the Har Har Gange waterfalls are the noteworthy attractions of this ultimate source of entertainment. Har Har Gange Waterfall is the biggest artificial waterfall in India that falls from a rock made of steel and cement. Some of the rides of the Suraj Water Park that will entice you to no extent are: Fiber Cave, Ding-Dong-Sing-Song, Rainbow Slides, Shiv Ganga, Ulat Palat, Dhadkan Sab Ke dil ki, Labak-Zabak-Matak- Slide, Wave Pool, Rim-Zim Baarish Hall, and so on. The park is open all seven days of the week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The ticket charges at the Suraj Water Park are 525 for adults and 410 for kids.
Yeoor Hills, popularly known as Mama Bhanja Hills is a cluster of resplendent hillocks located towards the eastern periphery of Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Boasting of its population of around 78 species of birds and 12 species of animals, Yeoor Hills is also a home to a large number of leopards. Famous for its 150 years old shrine of Mama Bhanja, Yeoor Hills is a popular weekend retreat in Thane. Moreover, it is also reckoned as a domicile of a Swami’s Math. Acknowledged as the pollution free zone Yeoor Hills is a paradise for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.