Makhamali Lake – Thane

Makhamali Lake – Thane, located about 35-km from downtown Mumbai, is known as the City of Lakes. There are around 30 lakes, of which Makhamali lake is one of the best known The area covered by the lake is 1 hector and It’s one of the peaceful lakes though it’s situated at the center of the city.

The lake has a small garden next to it and another side is surrounded by road. Water in the lake was highly polluted, but the Thane Municipal Corporation has undertaken cleaning and maintaining the lakes.

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Makhamali Lake Thane

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Makhamali Lake Thane

First full moon of the year

Close to midnight of 13th Jan the moon was much bigger and bit yellow shade, this moon is in the sign of Cancer. Cancer is a water sign. With the water signs also comes a deeper ability to tap into our intuition and inner knowing. It is normal with this astrological placement, to have the desire to move through a cleansing and a detox for your spirit.

Below are some images captured from Thane – India.

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May all your dreams comes true. happy full Moon 🙂

Places to hangout in Thane

Hello All!

I have come up with the list of places to hangout in Thane for those who are short on time, and high on the need for travel,photography

Upvan Lake

Distance from thane station : 8.4 KM (20 min from auto)
Location : Thane City
Time : Any Time Open
Entry fee : Free
Good for : Morning walk, Photography, Nature Lover, Famous for Upvan Art Festival(Jan_Feb Month)
best time to visit : Jan to Dec

 

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Talaopali (Masunda Lake)

Distance from thane station : 10 Min walkable from Thana station
Location : Thane
Time : Any Time Open
Entry fee : Free
Good for : Excersice , Photography, Nature Lover, Boating
best time to visit : Jan to Dec

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Kacharali lake

Distance from thane station : 3.1 KM (5 min by auto)
Location : Thane
Time : 5 am to 10pm
Entry fee : Free
Good for : Excersice , Photography, Nature Lover, Boating
best time to visit : Jan to Dec

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Mama Bhanje Hills

Distance from thane station : 5.9 KM
Location : Thane
Time : 7 am to 10 pm
Entry fee : Free
Good for : Trecking , Photography, Nature Lover,
best time to visit : winter , monsoon

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Yewoor hills

Distance from thane station :5.9KM
Location : Thane
Time : 5 am to 6 pm
Entry fee : 40 to 60 Rs.
Good for : Trecking , Excersice , Photography, Nature Lover.
best time to visit : Mansoon , Winter

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Kolshet creek

Distance from thane station : 10.8 KM(20 min by auto)
Location : Thane City
Time : Early Morning till Evening
Entry fee : Free
Good for : Kolshet Creek is a nice place for watching sunrise and moonrise, Photography, Nature Lover, Spend some free time with friends and family., Ganesh Visarjan.
best time to visit : Jan to Dec

 

Nagala Forest – butterfly zone

Distance from thane station : Approx 19KM
Location : Near Ghodbandar road Thane
Time : 7 am to 5 pm
Entry fee : Free
Good for : Nature walk with butterfly , Photography, Trekking.
best time to visit : Mansoon, Winter.

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Gaimukh creek

Distance from thane station : 16.3 KM
Location : Thane
Time : 5 am to 6 pm
Entry fee : Free
Good for : Quality time spend with family and friends, photoghraphy.
best time to visit : Jan to Dec

 

Ovalekar wadi- butterfly Garden

Distance from thane station : 13.5 KM
Location : Thane
Time : 8 am to 12 noon , Sunday Only
Entry fee : 100/- per head
Good for : Photography, Nature lover
best time to visit : Aug to Nov month

Ghodbunder fort

Distance from thane station :23.6 KM
Location : Thane Ghodbundar road
Time : 5 am to 5 pm
Entry fee : Free
Good for : Nature walk, Historical place to visit, Photography.
best time to visit : Winter

 

Gaimukh temple

Distance from thane station : 16.3 KM
Location : Thane
Time : 5 am to 6 pm
Entry fee : Free
Good for : Quality time spend with family and friends, photography.
best time to visit : Jan to Dec

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Nisarga Parichay Kendra.

Distance from thane station : 8.8 KM
Location : Thane
Time : 7 am to 5 pm
Entry fee : 40 to 50 rs per head
Good for : Nature walk, trekking , Excersice , photography, sunrise sunset watch.
best time to visit: Jan to Dec.



Trek to korigad (Kumwarigad)

About fort

Korigad is a famous hill fort in Lonavala, in Pune District.The fort is built by Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1657 .This fort witnessed several battles between the Marathas and the British army, and finally on 14th March 1818, this fort was conquered.

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It is about 929 m above sea level. the fort can be visited in anytime in the year but if visit in rainy days you will love the  beauty around this fort through fog and rains

Route :

Korigad trek is an easy trek that takes about 1 hour to reach the summit.

One can reach korigad by public transport,there are ST ( state transport) buses available from lonavala depot to peth (base village)  after every  1-2 hour till 3.00 PM .But its always preferred to go by own vehicle as ST bus frequency is less and there are chances to cancel Buses from base village due to heavy traffic in rainy season

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Passing through such roads is awesome experence

There are two ways to reach the top of the fort. The first way, and the one that this trek takes, comprises a series of steps which take you all the way to the top of the fort. The 100 odd steps take about 45 mins/ 1 hour to climb

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The second route is the shorter route (the ones used by the Marathas to escape the fort)is tricky and requires you to pass through dense jungles and bamboo trees.

There are simple staircase available to reach on the fort

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walls of fort

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Lake on the fort

places to see on fort:

  1. Two lakes on the fort
  2. korai devi Temple
  3. Canons Near Korai devi temple
  4. beautiful view of surrounding
  5. beautiful view of Aamby Valley city

Availability of food / parking etc.

There is a facility of parking at base village also there are couple of hotels at peth village near bus stop.

Difficulty level : easy

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Overall it is a nice simple and mesmerizing experience !!

Railadevi lake – Thane

Thane is city of lake. Railadevi lake is one of the lakes which are situated at the center of city.

Railadevi lake is a huge lake with appx area of 8 hectares. Being at the heart of the city and having a rich history, no grounds have been set to reconstruct this lake. Many small children come to fish here for small fishes.

This is a place for locals to hangout specially in the evening . Here are some snaps.

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Mama Bhanja hills – one day mansoon trek

The Mama Bhanja hills comprise of Mama Hill and Bhanja Hill. Base of these hills is located at Lokmanya Nagar, which has a cover of dense trees. Trekkers can park their vehicles at the base, and then walk for about 50 metres to start trekking.

Upon climbing further, they would reach the Mama Hill, which is full of hard rocks. Once they reach the top of this hill, they would find the Mama Dargah. Steps leading to the top of this hill are quite wide and made of rocks, which would be of great convenience for trekkers during their climb.

For an average person, it may take an hour to climb the hill. In the middle of this climb, trekking enthusiasts can take a break and relax at a place called Mastan Darbar. Upon reaching the top of Mama hill, they would come across a junction, to the left of which is Bhanja Hill. This junction is called the Mama Bhanja Hill Ridge by many trekkers, and it gives some beautiful views of Thane city, National Park, and the Tulsi and Vihar lakes. Small streams are also visible at certain points if the trekkers happen to visit this place during monsoons.

Upon reaching the Bhanja Hill, the trekkers would find a shrine called Bhanja Dargah. According to certain historical records, the Mama Bhanja hills are 400 years old.

Location : Around 5 kms from Thane railway station.
Timing : 6.00 AM – 5.00PM
Entry fees: free
Trek level: Easy
Best for – Nature Lovers, Photographers
best time to visit :Rainy season

Do’s- Carry 2 ltrs of water and some fast food.

Do not wear shorts if you want to reach till Mama/bhanja hills,as they will not allow you to go near to dargah

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Dense and beautiful trees at start of trek

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way to  hills is made of staircase of rock

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you come across such small waterfalls

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Here you reached at hills!

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View from top – towards Boriwali

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Ghodbunder Fort

Ghodbunder Fort is a fort located in Ghodbunder Village, Thane, Maharashtra, India, on the hill just south of the Ulhas River. It was built by the Portuguese, occupied by the Marathi Empire, and became the East India Company’s district headquarters. The place was called Ghodbunder because it was where the Portuguese used to trade for ghode (horses) with the Arabs. Hence the name Ghodbunder: ghode (horses) & bunder (port).

In 1530 the Portuguese came to Thane but they only began building the Ghodbunder fort in 1730. The Portuguese name for the fort was Cacabe de Tanna. The British captured the fort and made it their headquarters of the district administration with a district collector stationed in Thane. It which was under Portuguese rule till 1737 when it was also the site of a Portuguese church. This Church was used as a hotel and is now abandoned.

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back side walls of fort

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