Filled with the richness of culture and heritage, India is indeed a charm in the tourism industry. So many diversities under one roof are actually appealing which fascinates travellers to plan their holidays for India Tourism. India is a huge country with 29 States, 7 Union Territory and 4000 Cities. With so many places comes plenty of diversity which surely makes India more vibrant and colorful.
One such city in India is Mumbai, a beautiful metropolitan city which is also known by the name of “Dream City” aka “Khwabon Ki Nagri”. The city is also known as the economic capital of the country thus people from all over the country visit Mumbai and thus it is not wrong to say that Mumbai is indeed a “Melting pot of cultures”. Right start from historical sites to heritage wonders, to tourist places to best restaurants, Mumbai is filled with everything which makes your Mumbai tours memorable.
Surrounded by many amazing destinations, Mumbai has close proximity with many nearby towns which make this place amazing and pleasing. Places such as Lonavala, Khandala, Nashik and Matheran are some of the best nearby locations that makes the best weekend getaways from Mumbai.
Among all getaways Kalyan is the one which is still undiscovered or we must say less explored destination near the city of Mumbai. Located at a distance of 1 and a half hour from Mumbai, Kalyan makes a perfect tourist destination that one can visit during monsoon.
- Kalyan – The Basics
- Kalyan – A Journey to History
- Major Tourist Attractions in Kalyan
- Best Time To Visit Kalyan
- Hotels in Kalyan
1. Kalyan – The Basics
The word Kalyan is a Hindi word which means “Welfare” in English. Strategically located in the state of Maharashtra, Kalyan is famous as the exit region of Mumbai which will take you to the North India and South India. The beautiful city of Kalyan is a part of Thane district of Maharashtra. The city stretched its borders to the Konkan division and makes a perfect tourist hub. The serene beauty of the city is quite enchanting that offers its travellers picturesque scenes, natural beauty and many tourist attractions. The city stretches its township to Dombivli and together they form Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation abbreviated as KDMC. The city of Kalayan is considered as the 7th biggest city in Maharashtra and 28th in the country.
2. Kalyan – A Journey to History
Kalyan is filled with rich history, ever been a hustling town of the city Kalyan makes a perfect tourist destination. The city in pre-independence era was called Kallian or sometimes Callianee. Being a witness of many attacks by various dynasties such as Mughal, Portuguese and the British, Kalyan is comprises with many brave stories of Marathas which played a vital role in forming and shaping the city and also defensing the city against invasion. The history of Kalyan is filled with various dynasties where the European Christian Missionaries also fascinated towards this city and made Kalyan a place to spread Christinity across other side of Konkan. Kalyan has been under the dominance of Ahmadnagar Sultanate, later came under Portuguese rule for short term and then under Mughals and later by Marathas. After long 80 years of Maratha rules, the city came under the rule of the British and became the part of Bombay Presidency.
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3. Major Tourist Attractions in Kalyan
Making a perfect weekend gateway from Mumbai, Kalyan is having a number of tourist attractions that make your North India tours filled with unforgettable memories. Here are some names of major tourist attractions in Kalyan that you can consider visiting.
A. The Durgadi Fort
Famous for its plush history, the Durgadi Fort in Kalyan is a one of the most famous tourist attraction. The long and huge walls of the fort have wrapped Kalyan in it. Shah Jahan began the construction of the fort while it was completed during the reign of Auranzeb, his son in 1694 AD. The wall of the fort is stretches to more than 2000 yards and is guarded by 4 gates and 11 towers. During the Maratha reign a new gate was formed which open near house of Peshwa’s Governor. They also built a small temple in fort’s citadel which is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Thus named this fort Durgadi Qila in honor of the Goddess and it is believed that the original idol of Goddess Durga was stolen from the temple in 1876 AD.
B. Metro Junction Mall
Featuring as the first ever mall in Kalyan, this is the biggest shopping centre which is quite famous among the local and the travellers. Spread in 7,50,000 sq. ft. of area the mall is equipped with many entry and exit doors for the convenience of the customers. A huge entertainment Zone in the mall is perfect place to take your children and spend some quality time with them. Surely visiting this mall will groom your Mumbai travel guide. Getting all the things under one roof from food to shopping to gaming zone will just make your day spent in a snap. Famous and exotic brands such as Inox, CCD, Mc D and etc are perfect hangout places in markets.
C. Kala Talao
Featuring as one of the serene places near Mumbai, Kala Talao is a beautiful lake site that is listed as the major tourist attractions in Kalyan. It is the cleanest lake in the city. The name Kala came from the old time when due to impurities and pollution water of the lake was black. Due to Government initiation along with the some other NGOs’ the lake was cleansed and thus this place has become the best place to visit. Travellers can enjoy activities such as boating and jogging over here. With the presence of open gym and garden the lake is quite famous among youth and children. Crowded on weekends, the place is also having Bala Saheb Thackeray Memorial which is having a huge bronze statue of Bala Thackeray. The place is filled with many other tourist attractions such as Fort of Malanggad which is 15 km from Kalyan and was built by King Naladev of Mauryan Dynaty. Another attraction is Zingeria a biggest gaming zone and entertainment spot which is comprises with Trampoline Park, basketball shots, ball blaster, exciting toddlers pit to engage the little ones in fun and play.
4. Best Time To Visit Kalyan
Though the city is filled with the hustling of people round the year and people who travel to Mumbai also has a pleasing Mumbai getaway in Kalyan. For those who are still wondering about the best time to visit Kalyan is in between the months of September to March. The weather remains calm, pleasing and alluring. We suggest you to avoid rainy season as during this time the roads and alleys of Kalyan are filled with mud and water which won’t be a pleasing experience.
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5. Hotels in Kalyan
Being a prominent tourist getaway from Mumbai, Kalyan is posses with many accommodation options where one can enjoy their time. The hotels such as Fortunate Park Lake City, Hotel Alka Residency, Greenarth Lake Resort, Ramada Navi Mumbai and The Executive Inn are some of the most amazing Kalyan Hotels which are considered as the best hotels in Mumbai.