Vashi is the most developed residential as well as commercial node in the city of Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra, India.It is a premier township in Mumbai and was one of the first "nodes" developed by CIDCO. The estimate population of Vashi is around 600,000.
Vashi is bordered by the Sion-Panvel Highway (plus the railway station) and Nerul to the south, the Thane-Belapur Road and Sanpada/Turbhe to the east, Khairane Channel and Kopar Khairane to the north, and Thane Creek to the west. It is one of two Navi Mumbai nodes that directly connects to Mumbai across the Thane Creek of the Arabian Sea (via the Mankhurd-Vashi Bridge), the other being Airoli to the north. The township center, arguably, would be Shivaji Chowk, a central square located on the Vashi-Turbhe road. It is the site of a large bronze statue of the Maratha warrior-king and folk hero Chhatrapati Shivaji on a horse, and of a sculpted stone museum exhibit about him. The chowk is surrounded by the Big Splash complex, a residential building, the MTNL building and the bus depot.
Being in close proximity to the sea, Vashi is mostly humid and hot in summer and mildly pleasant during the winter months of November, December, and January. Western Ghats run in parallel along the east of the town, resulting in relative heavier shower than Mumbai.
Vashi is one of the oldest and most populated nodes in Navi Mumbai. Many companies from Mumbai and other parts of India have set up shop there. Sector 17, in turn, is the commercial heart of Vashi, hosting a dense concentration of small businesses, offices, clinics, banks, retail outlets, restaurants and franchise operations. Sectors 9 and 10 are also heavy with commercial activity, especially retail. A large APMC market, the biggest in Asia for wholesale agricultural produce, is located in Sector 19 and part of Sector 18.