Surat is the admistrative capital of Surat District. Earlier it was known as Suryapur. It is cleanest and second largest city in Gujarat. Surat it situated on the banks of Tapi River. More than 90% of the diamond cut and polished here. Other names of Surat are Embroidery capital of India, Manchester of India, Textile capital of India, Diamond capital of India. It is an international market for diamonds. Best diamonds are available on Dumas Road shops.
What to see in Surat:
Sardar Patel Museum: Before independence it was named as Winchester Museum. It was established in 1889. Timings to visit this museum are 9 AM to 11.30 AM and 2.30 PM to 5 PM.
Chintanmani Jain Temple: Major attraction of this temple is Vegetable dye paintings of King Kumarpala and Acharya Hemchandra who is the Jain Preacher. This is very ancient temple dates back to 400 years ago.
Surat Castle: From the top of the castle visitors can view Surat and Tapi River. This was built by Sultan Mahmud III in 1540.
Swaminarayan Temple: Visitors can see 3 wooden shrines of Ghanshyam Maharaj, Lord Swaminarayan, and HariKirshna Maharaj. This temple is dedicated to Swaminarayan. He belongs to Vaishnavism.
Amba Niketan Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess Ashtabhuja Ambika. She is having 8 hands. This is located on the Shore of Tapi River. Most famous festival celebrated in this temple is Navratri. Statues of Lord Shiva, Laxminarayana, Sita, and Ram are also can be seen here.
Dutch Gardens: This is a cemetery belongs to Islam and Hindu religions. Several famous tombs can be seen here. Photography is restricted.
Rangupvan: It is biggest open air theatre in India. At one time this theatre can provide accommodation to more than 4000 people. This is used to conduct musical and cultural programs.
What to see around Surat:
Suvali Beach: Visitors prefer to come to this place for relaxation. Sand in this beach is black. It is located 24 kms away from Surat.
Dandi: This place has prominent importance during independence struggle. This march was undertaken against the Britishers for levying heavy taxes on salt. As a part of Civil Obedience Movement this March was undertaken. From Sabarmati Ashram this march was started and ended at Dandi. It is located 26 Kms away from Surat.
Hazira: It is a famous picnic spot and seaside resort. This is situated 23 kms away from Surat. This is the best place to relax at Beach. Near Beach visitors can visit Bird Sanctuary.
Bharuch: This city is having 8000 years old history. It is famous for Swaminaryan temple. Bharuch is situated 73 kms away from Surat.
Getting to Surat: This place is well connected with Road, Rail and Air ways. From all the major cities such as Indore, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Nagpur, Kanpur, Jaipur, Luck now, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, Delhi, Mumbai buses and trains are available. Surat airport is having regular flights to Mangalore, Calicut, Amritsar, Bhavnagar, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Mumbai and Delhi.
Getting around Surat: Buses, Auto Rickshaws, Taxis are available to visit the places around Surat.
Best time to visit Surat: Weather is most favourable to the visitors between October to March.
Where to stay in Surat: All affordable, mid range and Luxury hotels are available in Surat. Luxury hotels are located in Ring road and near airport. Midrange Hotels are located at Sumal Dairy Road and City centre. At Umarwada affordable hotels are located.
Where to eat in Surat: Most of the restaurants serve Gujarati Cuisine and Vegetarian cuisine. Few hotels at Varachha Road and Ring Road non vegetarian food are available.