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Surat City Old fort in Surat The Sardar Patel Museum, Surat

Location: Bank of River Tapti, Gujarat
Main Attractions: Old Fort, Dutch Garden, Rangupavan
Best time to Visit: October to March


Introduction:

Surat is a famous city of Gujarat which is ideally located on the banks of river Tapti near Arabian Sea. It is the second largest city of the state holding wonderful attractions in its sleeves. Famous for its beautiful saris, the city also offers monuments, rich culture, museums etc. It is known as the commercial capital of the state. It is aptly called the ‘diamond city’ of India as it is a major gem stone center where around 92% of the world’s diamonds are cut.

History:

Surat served as a major port in the 17th and 18th centuries. It also finds mention in the great Hindu epic Mahabharata when Lord Krishna stopped here for a break while traveling from Mathura to Dwarka.

Main Attractions of Surat:

Old Fort

It is a beautiful fort built by Muhammad Tughlak in the 14th century. It is a well known attraction of the city.

Rangupavan

It is an open air theater with an accommodating capacity of 4000 people.

The Sardar Patel Museum

Established in the 19th century, this museum houses a wide variety of artifacts. It was initially named as Winchester Museum. Later it was renamed after India’s Independence.

Textile Market

Visit the textile market where you will get fine fabrics in silk and brocade.

Dumas

It is a blissful sea-side health resort where you can rest in the hands of peace and pleasure.

Dandi

It is a historic place associated with Mahatma Gandhi. Located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, this place is known for Salt Satyagraha movement which was spearheaded by Gandhiji. This place occupies an important place in the history of India’s Freedom Struggle.

Hajira and Tithal

Ideally located near the Arabian Sea, these are wonderful beach resorts of Surat. They offer picturesque surroundings, salubrious climate and swaying casuarinas

Shopping in Surat

Surat is a land of handlooms and handicrafts, so shopping is definitely an exhilarating experience here. It is famous for its zari, kinari and salma work. Silver articles and wooden crafts are the other attractions here.

Accommodation in Surat

Being an important destination of Gujarat, Surat offers a variety of accommodation options. From luxury to economic, all kinds of hotels are available here.

How to Reach Surat

By Air: The nearest airport is at Vadodara which is 140 km from Surat. Regular flights connect Vadodara to cities like Mumbai and Bhavnagar.

By Rail: The railway station in Surat connect it to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and several other cities of Gujarat.

By Road: Surat is easily accessible by road from different states of India such as Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra etc.


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