Surat - Gem of Gujarat

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Known as Suryapur (the city of the sun god) in the 15th century, Surat now is the hub for diamond cutting, polishing and textile industry. The city has come a long way from being an essential and large port city in India to become the country's central business and industrial centre. Making its presence felt from ancient to present times, the narrow lanes, ancient monuments, delicious food and modern infrastructure are what defines the city’s urban landscape that instantly attracts tourists towards itself.

Best time to visit Surat: October to March.

Most spoken languages in Surat:

Gujarati

How to reach Surat

By air: Surat International Airport is the nearest airport, located 20 km away from the city centre. IndiGo operates 52 non-stop weekly flights between Surat and Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Goa Hyderabad & Jaipur with seamless connection to other cities in India.

By train: Surat Railway Station is the central station in the city, connecting it to the rest of the country through regular trains.

By bus: The city has a good network of roads and well-connected with other cities via private and government bus services.

Getting around/local transport in Surat: Local buses operated by Surat City Bus are the standard mode of transportation in the city along with hired cabs and shared auto-rickshaws.

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Places to visit in Surat

 
  • Surat Castle: Your Surat trip should start with a visit to the city’s oldest structure, Surat Castle. This 16th-century fort is a testimony to Surat’s history built to protect the citizens from the constant attack of the invaders. The most attractive feature of the fort is its structure which comprises 12 m high battlements and 4 m thick walls.
  • Chintamani Jain Temple: Next comes the beautiful temples in Surat, which stand out for religious importance and their architectural excellence. Chintamani Jain Temple is one such example. It is one of the oldest structures in the city that is about 400 years old. Though the temple looks very simple from the outside as you enter it, you ought to get awestruck by its intricate wooden carvings and beautiful vegetable dye paintings.
  • Ambika Niketan temple: Another important place of worship in Surat is Ambika Niketan temple devoted to Goddess Asthabhuja Ambika – an avatar of Goddess Durga. The temple is built on the banks of the Tapti River by late Smt Bharati Maiya, who was a devotee of the Goddess. It would be best if you visited the place during Navratri.
  • Dutch Gardens: You can even explore some European legacy in the city. Being part of the Dutch Cemetery, the Dutch gardens hold historical significance and comprise massive domes, ancient mausoleums, and impressive galleries. When you visit this well-designed garden, visit the Anglican Church to witness the 10 ft high decorative cross.
  • Sardar Vallabhai Patel Museum: If you want to go deeper into history then visit one of the oldest museums in the city, Sardar Vallabhai Patel Museum. The museum has some significant collections of Mughal and British era, including miniature paintings, manuscripts, sandalwood, wooden, metal, and terracotta antiques. It also boasts of an open-air theatre known as Rangupavan, which could hold 4000 people at a time. It’s a must-visit for a history lover.
  • Dandi: Your visit to Surat is incomplete if you don’t visit one of the most iconic landmarks of the Indian freedom struggle. One of them is Dandi. The famous Salt March or Dandi march came to an end here during the Namak Satyagraha movement by Mahatma Gandhi. So make sure you spend some time at Dandi beach, especially during the evening and remember the time of India’s struggle for independence.
  • Bardoli: Another famous historical place, Bardoli, is considered to be the birthplace of several prime political movements, such as the Bardoli Satyagraha Movement in 1926 that started during the British regime. On visiting Bardoli, you can see various places like Swaraj Ashram, the Jalaram Mandir, Agasimata Mandir and Shree Saraswati Shisu Mandir.

Places to eat in Surat

Gopal Locho Khaman House
Gopal Locho Khaman House

The place is famous for serving the best breakfast in the city. Their different variations of delicious Locho and Khaman is a treat for the taste buds. You must try their version Locho, and Khama garnished with green chilli.

 

 

 

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Dotivala Bakers and Confectioners
Dotivala Bakers and Confectioners

You ask anyone, and they will tell you where Dotivala Bakers and Confectioners is situated. Being run by the sixth generation of family members, the place is there since 1775. You can’t leave the bakery without buying Batasas, Khari biscuits and Nankhatai which are famous across the country.

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Sev stalls
Sev stalls

This is not the name of any restaurant instead these are the small stall selling sev that are thin noodles of gram flour in different flavours. Shop owners will try to attract you by offering free samples of sev and ponk that are mixed together and then eaten.

 

 

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Egg stalls
Egg stalls

Surtis love eggs! So the street vendors have come up with all sorts egg dishes to satiate their love for eggs. The most popular among all is ‘Ghotalo’ (again a must try) which is a combination of an omelette, scrambled egg and boiled egg cooked up in a secret masala. Usually, most of the egg dishes in Surat are cooked using lots of butter, pungent green chillies and green garlic.

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Zampa Bazaar meat stalls
Zampa Bazaar meat stalls

If you are dying to have non-vegetarian food then go to Zampa Bazaar in Begumpura where you will find ample of barbeque stalls crowding the narrow lanes and decorated with marinaded chicken strings. The aroma of baked rotis, roasted meat in hot coals will make you drool for the food. A speciality of this place is Rangooni paratha that is minced-stuffed and deep-fried.

 

 

 

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Shah Jamnadas C Ghariwala
Shah Jamnadas C Ghariwala

‘Ghari’ is another speciality of Surat and you must buy it from Shah Jamnadas Chauta Ghariwala. Founded in 1899, their signature Kesar Badam Pista Ghari is a must try. The shop’s other specialities include Doodhi halwa and Kesar suttarfeni.

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Sasumaa
Sasumaa

The place is famous for serving the best Gujarati food in town and known for its delicious Gujarat thali. Its ambience has a traditional feel and is always crowded.

 

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Kansar Gujarati Thali
Kansar Gujarati Thali

Another fantastic place that offers authentic Gujarati flavours is Kansar Gujarati Thali. The restaurant is known for serving an unlimited option for thalis. Their service is quite speedy which makes it ideal for business travellers.

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Shopping in Surat

High-end shopping/luxury shopping/shopping malls in Surat

  • V R Mall
  • Iscon Mall
  • Rahul Raj Mall
  • Central Mall
  • Marvella Mall
  • D R World Shopping Mall
  • Regent Archade High Street Mall
  • Imperial Square Mall
  • Heera Panna Mall

Street shopping in Surat

You would have endless options on where to start shopping in Surat. There are various emporiums, handicraft centres, shops bustling with jewellery, textiles, ivory décor and wood carvings items. So start your shopping spree by visiting the jewellery shops and their beautiful designs sprawled across the city's streets.

The best place to shop for jewellery includes shops at Rander road and Ghoddod road. Now, coming to the second speciality of the city, textiles. Surat is known to produce the most elegant silk saris starting with Tanchoi, Gajee, Kinkhab and Brocade.

Garments decorated with zari, kinari and salma are the must-buys. Another speciality of the city includes woodwork or Sadeli work. The artisans are known to create intricately carved boxes or caskets. These are readily available in numerous private shops as well as government emporiums. You can also buy these from street vendors, but you need to be good at bargaining in that case.

Nightlife/party places in Surat

  • Neon The Disc
  • People Partying at Club Infinity
  • Partygoers at Hard Rock The Disc
  • Dhua's Hookah Lounge
  • Pipes And Hypes
  • Tapi Riverfront
  • ONGC Bridge

Where to stay in Surat

TajGateway

The Taj Gateway Hotel Located closely at the banks of Tapti River, The Taj Gateway Hotel is an ideal address where business meets luxury. Its proximity to the industrial hub makes it a perfect choice for business travellers. And also for leisurely travellers who want to stay and relax at the hotel.

CourtyardMarriot

Courtyard by Mariott Strategically located near all important destinations, this 5-star hotel offers a luxurious stay at a good value for money. One of the most attractive features of the property is the outdoor pool.

the-grand

The Grand Bhagwati If you are in Surat for a one day trip and want to relax in the hotel then this is the place to be. Featuring an Olympic size swimming pool and being located close to the airport, the Grand Bhagwati hotel is an ideal place to sit and relax your day in the city.

More reasons to visit and Top things to do in Surat

Surat is home to some scenic beaches like Dumas beach, Suvali, Tithal, Hajira and Umbharat beach. So after a hectic sightseeing schedule, relax and unwind yourself at some of these beaches. Wildlife enthusiasts can go to Gavier Lake early in the morning to catch sight of numerous migratory birds like Yellow-fronted pied Woodpecker, Indian Peafowl, Small Blue Kingfisher, Purple Sunbird and others as well.

Festivals in Surat

Navratri

Description of Gujarat festivals is incomplete without Navratri. Celebrated over nine days, Navratri is dedicated to all the nine forms of Goddess Durga. People come together to dance in unison during Garba (a folk dance form), one of the most popular dances, where everyone dances together in a synchronised circular movement and rejoice.

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