Kalyan is home to crowded bazaars, vibrant temples and fortified ruins. The lively town rests on the Ulhas River overlooking Tungareshwar National Park and has an attractive waterfront with colonial architecture.
Things to do
Experience the bustling atmosphere of Japani Bazaar, the perfect place to sample some of Kalyan’s flavorsome street food. Try a creamy “Pav Bhaji” vegetable curry after browsing for souvenirs or cool down with a “kulfi falooda”, a traditional rose syrup ice cream.
Visit the ruined remains of Durgadi Fort, built in 1694 during Shah Jahan’s reign. The fortified stonewalls once encircled the entire city, extending more than two kilometers. See the original north-west gates and explore the iconic Durgadi Temple.
Stroll along Kala Talao Lake in the early evening to watch the musical fountain and lights display. During the day, rent a paddleboat to explore the tranquil waters and visit the memorial Statue of Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thakare, a famous Indian politician.
Climb 400 steps to the Marleshwar Temple, a beautiful Shiva shrine set within a sacred cave of the Sahyadri Mountain Range. Step inside the temple to relish a magnificent view of Dhareshwar Waterfall and surrounding Chandoli Forest. Avid hikers can reach the temple on a three-day trek from Helwak through lush greenery and ancient villages.
Kalyan is 50 kilometers from Mumbai, with trains and taxis available for transport. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is an hour by train from Kalyan. Kalyan is easily explored on foot, while taxis and rickshaws are available.