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Surat is a city in Gujarat, India.


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Gaurav Path Surat at night Surat (Hindi: सूरत, Gujarati: સુરત) is a port city and administrative headquarters of the Surat District. As of 2011, Surat and its metropolitan area had a population of approximately 4.5 million. It is the second largest city in Gujarat and 9th largest in India. Surat is a major gemstone centre, and over 92% of the world's diamonds are cut here. The city is on the banks of the Tapti River, and was a major port during the British colonial era. However, due to damming projects, the Tapti River become unnavigable and a new port was constructed down stream at the suburb of Hazira. Surat is largely off the trail for foreign tourists. As a result, travelling there can provide some interest for the experienced traveller of India. It is a bustling, successful commercial city with extremely limited western influence. This makes it an example of both the boom in Gujarat’s development and a continuation of the state’s historical role as a center for the mass production of high quality textiles. Rickshaw drivers and hotel staff speak almost no English, making ordering food and organizing travel more difficult than nearby Mumbai or Rajasthan. Still, the Surtis are friendly and curious: the occasional English speaker will likely ask why you have come there - and be shocked if your answer is anything but business. If you have even a little Hindi or Gujarati your travel will be more interesting and far, far simpler. The STD code of Surat is 0261- Climate: The climate is tropical and the city receives the full impact of the monsoon. Winter Temperature: Max 31°C, Min 12°C Summer Temperature: Max 42°C, Min 24°C Rainfall: mid-June to mid-September 931.9 mm Lowest Recorded Temperature: 6.5°C Highest Recorded Temperature: 48°C


Planning a Trip

1 Get in 1.1 By plane 1.2 By train 1.3 By car 1.4 By bus 1.5 By boat By plane A SpiceJet Boeing 737-900ER taking off from Surat Airport 21.11765872.7452581 Surat Airport (STV IATA) (in the Magdalla area of the city). A domestic airport with many flights available from cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.    The nearest international airports, almost equidistant with Surat City, are those of Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM IATA)) and Ahmedabad (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) International Airport (AMD IATA)). By train Railway is most preferred mode of transport to reach Surat considering the frequency of trains from Mumbai. Mumbai Rajdhani at Surat Railway Station The city is connected to the national railway system through the Western Railways connecting it to Mumbai and beyond to the south as well as New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and other cities to the north. The Surat Railway station is in the eastern-central part of the city and is very conveniently located near major hotels and businesses. There is also a connection to the Central Railways through the Udhana Junction and the Tapti line. The variety of passenger trains range from local trains that stop at all stations on the way, to super fast express trains like the August Kranti Rajdhani Express, Satabdi Express, Mumbai Ahmedabad AC double-decker. In addition there are plenty of goods trains that move the goods produced by the city to the rest of the country and beyond, and bring supplies to the city. Indian railways offer online booking service for all the trains having reservations. 4 hr each from Mumbai and Ahmedabad and 2 hr from Vadodara by train. By car Surat's Textile District Ring Road The Golden Quadrilateral highway system passes by Surat city. You can get into Surat from National Highway 8 from 3 major connector highway. National Highway 8 corridor is one of the most industrially developed area in the country and Surat is one of the most industrially active cities that connect to it. National Highway 6 starts from Hazira and connects the city to Dhule, Nagpur, Raipur, Sambalpur, Kharagpur and Kolkata. By bus The Central Bus Station is on opposite side of Railway Station and has regular buses to different towns of Gujarat, operated by GSRTC. Out-State bus stops at this depot. Official Site can be found [1] [dead link]here. Very near to this, private bus operators have their offices. The city has a local city bus system to travel in the city. Surat is connected with major cities of Gujarat as well as Mumbai and other Indian cities. Raj travels Volvo a/c buses run throughout the day to various cities of India. Daily more than 700 buses departfor various parts of Saurastra (eastern part of Gujarat). By boat There is a port at Hazira, but passenger boats/ships are not frequently operated. Heavy ships are usually used by the Hazira-based industries like Reliance, Essar and L & T, Kribhco.


Top Attractions

Chintanamani Jain Temple. The Jain temple was constructed during the regime of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1699 AD. It is at Muglisara, near mausoleum of Mirjan Sami. It has not only religious importance but also establishes one of the best examples of wooden craftsmanship and drawing with vegetable dye of Gujarat. Though the temple is marked by its outward simplicity, the inner parts of temple is a treasury of art.  City Science Centre at City Light Road near Parle Point. Has a planetarium, science models, art gallery & museum (shifted from Chowk Sardar Patel Museum.) Diamond market. Surat is largely recognized for its textile and diamond businesses: 92% of the world's diamonds are cut and polished in Surat. Lots of diamond factory at Varachha road. Diamond trading and broker offices are situated at mini bazaar Varachha and Mahidharpura.  The Dutch, English and Armenian Cemeteries in Karatgam Road. Mughalsarai at Surat Dutch Garden: The ancient Dutch gardens, the Dutch cemetery and Makaipul, the old original port from where the ships sailed to other parts of the world are other attractions. Lake Garden, Piplod. People can spend some private time there with their loved one. Lake View Restaurant is also good one  Mugal Sarai. The building which is used at present as an office complex by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is one of the ancient monuments of Surat city and was built as a 'Sarai' or Musafarkhana (travellers' inn). It was built during the period of Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1644 AD. This building with its considerable architectural qualities as disposed by the skilful composition of its various parts combined with combination of arches, cornices, decorated parapets, sculptured patterns on the exterior facade etc. each being disposed in an artistic and effective manner upon a strong foundation with coherent strength is still intact and is in a very good state of preservation.  High - rise apartments at Vesu, Surat Nature Park, Sarthana Jakatnaka. Nature Park Sarathana is at the north-east corner of Surat City, which is approachable by Surat Kamrej Road. The site is covered with an area of 81 acres with river Tapi on the north side and Surat Kamrej road is on its south side. Land is fully vegetated with trees of eucalyptus, casurina and mango. The site is an ideal place for the development of a zoo with the new concept of natural habitat design.  Rangupavan. An open-air theatre with a capacity of around 4,000 spectators. This is one of the biggest theatres in the country. Sardar Patel Museum. This museum was established at the beginning of the 20th century and has a collection of over 10,000 specimens of arts and crafts. 21.196889572.81906081 Surat castle (Old Fort). This historical castle, which was planned and built between 1540 and 1546 by Khudawand Khan on the banks of the River Tapi, is one of the chief ancient monuments of Surat. The magnificent gateway is a massive structure with strong door shutters furnished with protruding spikes at the exterior facade, and there is a decorative architectural treatment at the interior facade.    The entire city on the roads (esp. the Dumas Road) on Sunday Evenings. Amazing to see people spreading bed sheets by the roadside to enjoy the evening with Lari Food (hawker food) adding spice. 21.190472.8282 Gopi Talav, Rustampura (approach from KotSafil road). Lake is renovated and now has very good garden, restaurant and boating facility available.   (updated Feb 2017) 21.168772.79543 Science Centre Surat (Science Centre), City Light Road. Over and above Science Center (Fun science section), The complex has museum, art gallery, planetarium, auditorium, amphi theater, diamond gallery. It is host of many cultural events and art exhibitions. (updated Feb 2017) 21.196889572.81906084 [dead link] Andrew Library. Daily 09:00-13:00, 15:00-19:00. In 1850, a wealthy pearl merchant, Naginchand Jhaveri, donated funds for the construction of this library and named it after the British collector Andrews for his help. Its associated hall was used for stage shows and gatherings but later converted into part of the library. Inside are 18,000 books including a large number of Gujarati and Hindi novels as well as reference books on erstwhile princely states. It is associated with the Nanpura Parsi library too.   (updated May 2017)