Thane is a fascinating city which is almost a suburb of its bigger sister, Mumbai. Known as ‘City of the Lakes’ Thane, or Thana as it is also called, earns its name by being located in an area which has some 35 lakes. These are both a source of fresh water as well as popular tourist attractions. Before long, expats living in Thane will surely pay one of them a visit, perhaps Masunda Talao, which is by many considered to be the most beautiful of the lakes and known for boat rides. Apart from lakes, Thane is also famous in a country known throughout Asia for its rail heritage, as being home to India’s first rail line, from Boribandar to the historic Thane station. And nature loving expatriates in Thane will be glad to learn that the nearby Yeoor Hills, or Mama Bhanja Hills, host a rich assortment of fauna and flora and is said to have the greatest number of leopards in India as well as many species of birds. The Suraj Water Park is similarly definitely worth a visit and a fun place for all kinds of watersports. Now a bustling city of around 2.5 million, Thane is first mentioned in 135-150 AD by the ancient Greek Ptolemy. If you're considering living in Thane be sure to sign up on InterNations and see what information you can glean through our global expat network about life in this part of India.
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Expats moving to Thane should be aware that the city has a tropical monsoon climate with average temperatures of around 89°F (high) and 72°F (low). Average annual rainfall is just below 98 inches with June, July and August being the wettest months. One of the easiest ways of getting about after arriving in Thane is by auto rickshaw, although keep a wary eye on the meter so you are not overcharged. There is plenty of choice when it comes to shopping and eating out in Thane, with the Ram Maruti Road and Naupada Road being some of the most popular, if busy, areas. Roadside shops are everywhere and a number of new malls are springing up on the Ghodbunder Road. Other expatriates may be able to advise on where to shop and eat out or have a drink, so sign up on InterNations today and get chatting on the platform’s forums and discussion boards.
Thane has seen a shift from its past as a manufacturing center to an economy that is more driven by its ever-growing services sector. Companies in this sector can, for example, be found in the Wagle Estate and the Ashar IT Park. A number of global companies have relocated to Thane where the IT parks offer state-of-the-art facilities and a highly skilled and motivated workforce. Expatriates will find Thane to be a modern, cosmopolitan city which is also within easy commuting distance from Mumbai and with excellent transport links. So if you are looking to start working in Thane or nearby Mumbai, make sure to take full advantage of InterNations networking and socializing opportunities and get in touch with fellow expats living in Thane or other parts of India who can give a firsthand insight into life in India.