The Upvan Lake, an artificial, eco-friendly lake in Thane, Maharashtra, built in 1880 by Thane Municipal Corporation, was re-constructed by JK Singhania for the supply of water to the Raymond Factory. It is now regarded as one of the most scenic lakes in the country, famously known for hosting the Sanskruti Arts Festival annually. Set in the backdrop of Yeeor Hills, it is a perfect setting for a picnic with your family or simply a stroll with your lover. Also known as Thane’s Lover’s Paradise, the lake was once used as a major source of water supply in the city. Now, however, it is used solely for recreational purposes with several activities being provided.
At the centre of the lake, lies a statue of Lord Shiva, which was constructed to measure the depth of water around it. Adjacent to the lake is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha for the devotees to offer prayers. The Upvan Lake was one of the thirteen lakes to be restored by Thane Municipal Corporation using bioremediation technique to clear the silt and marine plants to increase the oxygen level in the water.
Best time to Visit Upvan Lake
Monsoon remains the most sought out season to visit the lake although the year-round weather is between 23°C to 30°C. The view of the sunset is spectacular to watch from the lake. The average time one would like to spend in the lake would be a minimum of an hour.
How to Reach Upvan Lake
Thane Railway Station is a major railway station among the Central Indian Railways. The Upvan Lake is 5.4 km from the railway station and cab services such as Uber/Ola as well as auto-rickshaw ply directly from the station. However, the cheapest mode of transport would be local buses.