Thane is a city in Maharashtra. The name comes from corruption of its ancient name Shri Sthanak in Maharashtri Prakrit language, its earlier name based on a temple of Lord Ganesha. Thane known as 'the city of lakes' and is the administrative headquarters of Thane district. On 16 April 1853, the G.I.P. Railway's first train to run in India rolled out from "Bori Bunder" to "Thane" , 34 kilometers away. This marked the dawn of the railway age in Asia. Thane covers an area of 147 km2 and has a population of more than 1.8 million in its municipal limits, according to the 2011 census. Thane comes under Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The proximity to Mumbai has made it culturally a part of it.