Upvan Lake, Thane
The city of Thane, part of the Thane district and the Greater Mumbai Metropolitan Region, is known as the City of Lakes. Close to thirty-five natural as well as artificial lakes offer a serene oasis amid bustling city life. Adorned with natural beauty, scenic views and public-friendly infrastructure, these lakes are also known for their historical, geographical and cultural significance.
One such lake in Thane that is especially popular with the younger generation and is known as a ‘Lovers’ Paradise’, is the Upvan Lake or Upvan Talav. This artificial but eco-friendly lake is located at Pokhran Village in the Upvan region of Thane city, environed by the verdant Yeoor Hills. Due to the vicinity of the village, locals also call it Pokhran Lake. One of the biggest lakes in Thane and also touted to be the most beautiful one, Upvan Lake is famous as a picnic, boating, walking, jogging and sunset spot with panoramic views of the paradisiacal Yeoor Hills and offers a relaxed time with oneself or with loved ones.
A giant Lord Shiva statue sits at the centre of the lake, whereas a Lord Ganesh temple is located adjacent to the lake. Upvan Talav is also surrounded by a slew of big and small eateries where visitors can catch a quick bite while enjoying the views and the fresh breeze.
Originally, the lake was built as one of the primary water sources for Thane city. At present, it is a prominent recreational spot and hosts the annual Sankruti Arts Festival.