|Ghodbunder Road ( also known as GB road ) is one of the major roads leading out of Thane,a suburb of Mumbai in the Mumbai Metropolitan area.
It is classified as a state highway and is named as MH SH 42 (Maharashtra State Highway 42).
As the name suggests, it leads to the historical town of Ghodbunder.
It is approximately 20 km long and links the two main arterial roads of Mumbai - the Eastern Express Highway which starts at
Sion and terminates at Thane and the Western Express Highway which starts at Bandra (East) and becomes the National Highway leading to Gujarat.
Scenic View along Ghodbunder Road
The road skirts the northern boundary of Salsette island providing scenic views of the Yeoor hills and the
Thane creek because of which it has seen a real estate boom in the past few years. The current real estate rates in this region are between Rs 2500 and Rs 5000 per square foot.
The area has a number of schools, colleges, hospitals, retail outlets to meet the day-to-day needs of the residents.
Top schools here include Hiranandani Foundation School, Sri Ma Vidyalaya and Tatvagyan Vidyapeeth.
There are a number of restaurants like , Cottage Bar and Kitchen, Ripples Hotel, etc.
Cinemax at Wondermall is located close by and has Pizza Hut, Domino's and Cafe Coffee Day.
Hiranandani Estate also has numerous restaurants and supermarkets including its own Cafe Coffee Day, Dominos and Baskin Robins.
Hiranandani Estate has the prominent Hiranandani Hospital as well as numerous polyclinics.
R-Mall, Lake City Mall, Big Bazaar, Hyper city and Wonder Mall are all located along Ghodbunder road.
Suraj Water Park on Ghodbunder road is also a famous water park in Mumbai.
The Yeoor range runs parallel to the Ghodbunder Road providing a nice backdrop.
Ghodbunder road residents often choose to go trekking to the Yeoor hills during their vacation breaks.
One of the more interesting aspects of Ghodbunder Road is that it cuts across dense forests which form part of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
It also skirts the Vasai Creek for most of its route and provides scenic views of the forest across the creek.
In spite of development encroaching on the forest, a lot of flora and fauna continue to survive and prosper.
Another less-known fact about Ghodbunder is that it is lined with numerous historical monuments like the Ghodbunder fort.
Ghodbunder fort ruins
Ghodbunder fort is a located near Ghodbunder Road, Thane, Maharashtra, India.
Ghodbunder village is situated at the bottom of the hill on which the fort stands.
In 1530 the Portuguese came to Thane but they only began building the Ghodbunder fort in 1730.
The Portuguese name for the fort was Cacabe de Tanna.
The British captured the fort and made it their headquarters of the district administration with a district collector stationed in Thane.
It which was under Portuguese rule till 1737 when it was also the site of a Portuguese church.
There are many old maps and texts which mention continual attempts by the Marathas to capture this fort. The Portuguese were able to defend Ghodbunder fort from these attacks successfully. However, later the Marathas successfully besieged the fort and took it over from the Portuguese in 1737.
Currently the fort is in ruins but there has been some renovation work started by the Government to preserve it.
Residential Complexes along/ off GB road
Vijay Nagari Annex
Hyde Park Residency
Lodha Casa Univis (under construction)
Pride Park and Residency