The 5 Best Things to Do in Thane

Nicknamed as the Lake city of the state of Maharashtra, Thane is a beautiful island city situated 7 meters above sea level.  Once the city were home to 66 lakes! This little-old fashioned sibling of Mumbai is surrounded by magnificent hills that add to its popularity amongst travelers. If you are planning a visit to Thane, the city offers a plethora of excursions to choose from.

Here are the 5 activities you must do while in Thane

Bird watching at Thane Creek

Thane Creek is a one-of-its-kind bird conservation center in the country.  It’s a fine example of Maharashtra’s unspoilt natural beauty. The place is home to more than 205 bird species which include some endangered species like greater flamingo, White Stork, Asian Open Bill Stork, Dunlin and Eastern Golden Plover.  The views are jaw-dropping here. And the best time to visit the place is in Monsoon months. Head down to the creek in evening hours, so you can enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Enjoying the cool sea breeze at the Kelva Beach

If you often seek a weekend escape in close vicinity to Thane to take yourself and/or family away from the chaos of urban life, Kelva beach is the answer. It is a largest beach in the state offering 7-km long stretch of spectacular shoreline. The place is also home to Kelva Fort and Sheetladevi Temple. Upon arrival, play with the water, sit down under one of the suru trees, and enjoy the cool freeze to feel relaxed.

Taking a walk around the Upvan Lake

Surrounded by the picturesque Yeoor Hills, Upvan Lake is a major attraction of Thane. Once a stone quarry, it is one of the biggest lakes of the city. Visit the place in evening and you will find many people enjoy bike rides. Don’t get surprise if you meet one of the TV serial crew. The place has some cool eating joints where you can tuck into chat, sandwiches, Frankie and pizza watching the lake views. You can go on a boat tour, horse riding or simply take a stroll around the lake.

Go rock climbing at Naneghat Hills

Situated in the Malshej region of Thane district, Naneghat hills is an ancient mountain pass which is now a perfect spot for travelers who want to enjoy trekking, climbing and sightseeing the nature. Winter and monsoon are best time of the year to visit the place and explore the many caves and water cisterns. Those seeking an adrenaline rush experience should climb to the peak of Naneghat Hills, known as Nanacha Angatha. Watch sunset from the top of the cliff! The place is also popular for camping. Visit the place in rainy season and you will see incredibly beautiful waterfalls and the splendor of nature all across the valley.

Tucking into culinary delights

If you are a gourmand, the city is surely not going to disappoint you. You must try finger-licking good Vada Pav and Missal Pav that are typical Maharashtrian snacks. You will also find many options of buffets and thalis across the city. From road side stalls to chic eateries and fine dining restaurants, you will find it all in Thane.

When are you visiting Thane? The city has got pleasant surprises for everyone.


5 Tours You Must Do While in Indore

Indore, the largest city and the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh in India, is best known for its religious temples, vibrant bazaars, mouth-watering food, enchanting history, proximity to some magnificent natural sights and modern lifestyle. The city has also been selected amongst the top 20 smart cities of India as announced by the Union Urban Development Minister Mr. Naidu in Jan-2016.

If you want to explore the best of Indore, nicknamed as Mini Mumbai by the locals, take these 5 tours in the city and its surroundings.

A Historical Tour

If you are a history buff, Indore is truly the place to be. Visit the Holkar Palace, famously known as Rajwada, to soak up the glory of this 200 years old seven-storey architecture flaunting a spectacular blend of French, Muslim and Maratha style. Next city destination is Lalbagh Palace. Surrounded by a huge garden, this 3-storey palace built by the Holkars rulers is currently serving as a museum with many artifacts on showcase.

A Religious Tour

The city is home to many holy places; Kanch Mandir, Gomatgiri, Annapurna Mandir and Bada Ganapati are some of the most popular temples while there are many other small and big religious spots dotted across the city and its surroundings. If planning for a weekend tour with family, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga and Omkaleshwar are popular destinations.

A Natural Tour

Indore is a gateway to some stunning waterfalls, Ghats and forests in Western region of the state. Drive 35 km from the city towards Mhow and you will reach a popular tourist site called ‘Paatal Pani’; the best time to visit the place is in rainy season. Sitala Mata fall, Choral Fall and Tincha Fall are some other must-see natural attractions in the region.

A Shopping Tour

If you are a shopaholic, Indore won’t disappoint you ever. The street bazaars and retail stores here offers a great variety of clothing, accessories, footwear and purses. Zari work fabric is a specialty of the city. Head down to the State Emporium Mriganayani to find a nice collection of Maheshwari and Chanderi sarees, dress materials and stoles. Or you can take a stroll by safari bazaar to buy potli purses for your ethnic wear. There is a market for every need when you are in Indore.

A Food Tour

Indore is a Mecca of gourmands in India. If you want to sample the most authentic test of Indore, you must try Poha-Jalebi, baked samosa, Dahi Vadas, Kulfi Falooda, kachori, Maawa Baati, Garadu, Aloo Tikki and endless varieties of Namkeen while in the city. There are many food joints in the city that remain open till midnight. If you are a night owl, go to Sarafa Bazaar near Khajuri Market for some taste-tingling dishes – you must visit the 56 dukkan here for a great variety of sweets and spicy delicacies.

So, which of these five tours you are going on first?