A growing satellite city in the north-east of Mumbai, Thane is also known as the City of Lakes - for the approx 23 lakes here. It is one of the oldest cities in the country with a history dating back approx 2,000 years. The city is located about 7 metres above sea-level and surrounded by the Yeoor and Parsik hills.
Marathi and Hindi are the two main languages that are spoken here. The largely cosmopolitan population also speaks English and Gujarati, among other Indian languages. Thane city also has a very good transport system with excellent connectivity to cities like Mumbai and Pune by road and rail.
In recent years, Thane has undergone a major transformation from an industrial town to a now favoured IT destination. There are five SEZs in the Mumbai-Thane belt, employing approx 46,000 people.
Thane has a tropical monsoon climate. However the overall climate is quite equable with days of high rainfall during the monsoons and few days of extreme temperatures. The driest days here are during the winter while its wettest days are usually during peak monsoons in July.
Thane has witnessed strong real estate development in the past two decades by top builders including: Rustomjee, Hirananandani, Sheth, Dosti and Kalpataru. The city offers quality housing options for all income group categories. Thane’s Ghodbunder Road, Pokhran road, old Thane and pockets along the Pune highway are witnessing the maximum activity in terms of residential developments.
Masunda Talao - One of its biggest lakes with boating facilities.
Yeoor Hills - Also known as Mama-Bhanja hills.
Essel World - A popular amusement park at Gorai.
Bassien - Known for the ruins of an ancient Portuguese fort.
Jawhar Palace - Known for its cool climate and popular tourist spots.
Matheran - A popular hill station at an altitude of approx 800m.
Transport & Infra:
Thane is well-connected with its neighboring suburbs through Central and a Trans-Harbour line suburban rail network. It also has an excellent public bus transport system, supported by autorickshaws and taxis.
The Eastern Express Highway and LBS Marg connect it with the eastern suburbs of Mumbai while the Western Express Highway and arterial Thane-Belapur Road connect it to the western suburbs and Navi Mumbai respectively.
Two mono rail lines have also been proposed connecting Thane with Dahisar and Kalyan. Work is in progress for seven flyovers connecting Thane with Dahisar, Ghodbunder and Bhiwandi.
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