Thane (also called Tannah, Shri Sthanak and Lake City) is a city in Maharashtra
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, India
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, part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region
Mumbai Metropolitan Region
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, northeastern suburb of Mumbai
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 at the head of the Thane Creek
Thane Creek
Thane Creek is part of the estuary of the Ulhas River in western India opening into Mumbai Harbour. It comprises the area stretching from Mumbra Retibunder to the Mankhurd-Vashi Bridge. It has been recognised as an Important Bird Area by the Bombay Natural History Society, as it is home to...

. It is the administrative headquarters of Thane district
Thane District
Thane is a district in northern Maharashtra state in western India. As of 2011 it is the most populated district in the nation. The headquarters of the district is the city of Thane. Other major cities in the district are Navi Mumbai , Kalyan-Dombivli, Mira-Bhayander, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar,...

. On 16 April 1853, G.I.P. Railway’s first train ever to run on the Indian soil rolled out from "Boree Bunder" (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus , is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic railway station in Mumbai which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. Situated in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai, it was built as a new railway station on the location of the Bori Bunder Station in 1887...

) to "Tannah" (now Thane), 34 kilometers away. This marked the dawn of the Railway Age in Asia
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