Surat Travel Guide
Surat is the city of diamonds. It is a major port, center for diamond polishing and chiseling, and a major textile hub. A fast growing city, Surat is bustling with energy. The amalgamation of cultures is the highlight of the city. You can find influence of Jain and Mughal architecture, English and Armenian cemeteries, and Dutch gardens. Although it isn’t a famous tourist destination, many travelers find the mystical hues of this fascinating. There is a perfect blend of sightseeing, delicious food, and shopping – all that you need for a fun filled vacation. Also if you’re a wildlife enthusiast and nature lover, then the various national parks and wildlife sanctuaries around Surat are a great choice for you. You can spend time exploring the city as well as being in the lap of nature to enjoy best of both worlds.
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
10°C to 30°C
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(July to Sep)
10°C to 15°C
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City that chisels Diamonds
Situated on the banks of river Tapti, Surat is an ancient port city of Gujarat, India. A major port during the British colonial era, Surat in present day is a busy and commercially successful city that is untouched or negligibly touched with western influence. The city is known for diamond polishing & chiseling and is also one of India’s premier textile production hub. All these together make Surat an example of both, commercial & industrial developments in Gujarat and a continuation of the state’s role in preserving its heritage & culture. Interestingly, 92% of the world's diamonds are cut here in Surat. The recent damming projects on Tapti River made Surat’s port unnavigable; hence a new port was constructed at Hazira, the downstream suburb. Surat is pretty off-trail for foreign tourists. Nevertheless, travelling to this place can provide unforgettable experience of Western India. This city tugged in the vibrant state of Gujarat, attracts students, historians, and heritage tourists who look forward to explore the colonial past of the region and also wildlife enthusiasts to nearby national parks & sanctuaries.
It is believed that Surat was founded by a Gopi, a Brahmin man who named the place as Surajpur. Muslims plundered Surat in the 12th and 15th centuries and again ravaged by Portuguese Empire in 1530. Historical evidences sight that the name of the city had become Surat by 1520. Then came the Mughals in 1573 and conquered Surat, which proved to be the most prosperous port for their empire.
In 1612, England established a Indian trading factory in Surat and later this place became the export hub of India, for gold and textile. Shipbuilding and textile manufacture were the prime industries here. Indeed, Surat has a commercially sound history and contributed noticeably to India’s economy.
Though less popular as a tourist destination, but Surat has a lot in store for sightseeing & tourist engagement. Though this place is frequently travelled by business travelers but holidayers can also enjoy a good family time here. Some touristy points here are Chintanamani Jain Temple of 1699 A.D., Musoleum of Mirjan Sami, City Science Centre with Planetarium, science models, Art Gallery & Museum, Diamond market at Varachha road, The Dutch, English and Armenian Cemeteries, Dutch Garden, Lake Garden, Mugal Sarai complex built during Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan reign in 1644 A.D., Nature Park, Rangupavan - open air theatre, Sardar Patel Museum, Surat castle (Old Fort). Gopi Talav Lake, Science Centre Surat, and the Andrew Library.
When here on any Sunday evening, visit the Dumas Road and do not be surprised if you find the entire city on the roads. The enthusiasm and energy is amazing to see people queued up or sitting by the roadside to enjoy the evening with local hawker food, Lari Food