Surat is a port city famous for Sarees and textiles manufacturing. Surat and its metropolitan area had a population of approximately 2.9 million.
The city is situated on the left bank of the Tapti River, 14 miles from its mouth. A moat indicates the dividing-line between the old city, with its narrow streets and handsome houses, and the newer suburbs, but the city wall has almost disappeared. The city is largely recognized for its textile and diamond businesses. Surat is also the a district in the state of Gujarat. Surat city is the administrative headquarters of this district. This district is surrounded by Bharuch, Narmada (North), Navsari and Dang (South) districts. To the west is the Gulf of Cambay.
In the year 1496, a Hindu trader called Mallik Gopi settled in Surat. According to the Portuguese chronicles, he was considered the governor of Surat but could not prevent the city from being looted at least seven times.
Surat will probably never forget the donation of Sir Ferdunji Sorabji Parekh to the Government of Surat. Sir Parekh donated about five million Rs in the year 1915, i.e. with a value of about 2500 million Rs these days. The fund was raised for the development of educational and cultural activities in Surat.
HOW TO REACH
By Air: –
Surat city is well connected by the major cities like Delhi and Mumbai with regular flights provided by Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Sahara, Spicejet and Air Deccan.
By Rail: –
Surat is well connected to major cities like Mumbai & Ahmedabad with express and regular trains.
By Road: –
Surat is has a good road network, well connected to the other cities. There are frequent buses avail be from Mumbai.
WHAT TO SEE
Dumas is one of the most visited tourist spots in Surat. Dumas is situated at a distance of 16 kilometers from the city of Surat. This place is a popular tourist attraction in Surat. The tourists coming from outside Gujarat can take accommodation in this beautiful place to relax and at the same time take care of their health.
The Old Fort:-
The Old FortÂ is one of the popular tourist attractions in Surat. This fort of Surat has close association with the history of India. In the 14th century, the Old Fort has been constructed. Muhammed Tughlak, the then ruler took the initiative to build this fort in Surat.
The Dutch Gardens are a hallmark of the erstwhile Dutch settlements in India. The sprawling gardens that bear telltale symbols of a bygone era also house an ancient Dutch cemetery. The pristine sepulchers stand grandly while flowery inscriptions glorifying the virtues of the deceased are carved on the epitaphs. Rather than invoking fear or dread, these edifices are awe-inspiring symbols of history. Makaipul, the original port that was once upon a time the center of maritime trade is also housed in the vicinity of the spectacularÂ Dutch Gardens.
TheÂ RangupavanÂ open air amphitheater is a one of a kind edifice that is considered to be the largest arena of the Indian subcontinent. The theater is a imposing edifice that towers at a height of 18 meters and sprawls across several rambling acres. The 18 m hight theater encompasses a stage of 10.5 m. The open theater set amidst a picturesque setting has a capacity of seating an audience strength of about 4,000. The theater officials are known to organize cultural events and musical soirees, some of which are meet International standards in the premises of the Rangupavan to entertain the captivated audience. It is indeed a wonderful experience to sit out in the open during the pleasant evenings and be gently fanned the balmy evening zephyr and be enraptured by the cultural extravaganzas.
Vansada National Park:-
TheÂ Vansada National ParkÂ is one such protected area which is rich in the bounties of Nature. Vansada was, previously, a princely state in the south of Gujarat. The town, of the same name, is surrounded by dense thickets and copses of Bamboo. Bamboo is known as ‘vans’ in the local Gujarati dialect. Hence, the nomenclature of this town and region is derived from these bamboo groves.
Dandi in Surat:-
Dandi in SuratÂ is a center for the production of salt and is of historical importance to all the Indians. Owing to its significance in the history of Indian Independence struggle, the region has become one of the chief Surat tourist attractions.
Textile Market :-Â
TheÂ textile market in SuratÂ is reputed as possessing the best-embroidered products of silk and brocade. The traditional market of the region gets its supplies from the textile industry that is situated in the city of Surat. The industry is engaged in the production of yarn and in weaving and embroidering the textile goods. With its wide variety of embroidered saris, the textile market of Surat is become one of the popular Surat tourist attractions.
It goes without saying that this is the place to buy your diamonds and to help you do that there are very many jewellery shops where you can do so. The textile industry is also very big here with gold thread embroidery, brocades, gold and silver â€˜zariâ€™, and silk saris being the specialities of Surat that can be bought for very reasonable sums in the cityâ€™s markets. The main shopping malls in Surat are located on Dumas Road.
There are so many good restaurants serving regional Gujarati, Indian, continental and Chinese cuisnes.