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Places to see in Surat
Gujarat is a multihued cultural and historical territory, that has fittingly embraced modernity . Surat is at the heart of Gujarat. One of the oldest cities in the state and, Surat has always been of the main and most sort after destination in Gujarat. The city of Surat offers a confluence of culture heritage and modernity that has seen it amass economical success and stature that is enviable. In the tourism perspective the city offers tourists an opportunity to truly unwind and relax and relish the rich and distinctive culture of the state.
Hence the places to see in Surat are:
The old Fort- This fort built by Mohammed Tughlak, former governor of Surat in the 14 the century is one of the most popular tourists hotspots in the city. This fort was built by the sultan to fortify the city against the tribals of the Bhils that lived in the territory. This fortress has deep historical significance and is flocked by history lovers. The reason being the fort has been witness to many significant events in Surat and has an indelible mark on the heritage of the city. The place is also visited by tourists as well. The verdant surroundings of the fort are also a reason that attracts tourists to the fort. The fort is also located and well connected and as such tourists also find it easier travelling to the place. The most ideal time to visit the place is during the tourist’s season. The reason being the pleasant environment and the place can serve as the best place to relax and spend some time.
Dutch Gardens- The city of Surat always welcomed tourists and travelers. The same can also be said of the migrants that flocked to the city. That is precisely why Gujarat is referred to the city of many cultures. The Dutch were also inhabitants in the city of Surat. The Dutch offers a peak in the rich heritage and culture of the Dutch emigrants to the city of Surat. The silence and the serenity of the Dutch gardens offer a tale of Dutch emigrants that made this part fo Surat their own. The sprawling vegetative cover and the verdant surroundings offer tourists a true sense and warmth. Another attraction of the gardens is the Dutch Cemetery. The Dutch cemetery transports visitor back to the former times. The various tombstones with epithets for the dead, takes tourists to the former days of life. Well maintained as it need be the burial ground is peaceful and instead of invoking fear and panic which is the case with tourists visiting cemeteries it evokes and untold peace and warmth. This destination is a must visit whole on stay in Surat.
ISKCON temple- This is one of the enchanting and peaceful sanctums among the temples and places of worship in the city o Surat. Built in true modern styles of construction, the structure of the temple is in compliance to the rules and the science of temple construction. This temple was formerly a small temple in the initial construction in 1978. Today it is one of the most famous and biggest temples in the city of Gujarat covering an area of 13600 sq. feet. The temple is flocked by the faithful and tourists. Pilgrims congregate at the temple on Sundays and other days of worship and at the same time during the celebration of festivals during the Hindu calendar Year. The levels of spirituality and devotional fervor in the temple are seen as none other. The temple also has a collection on self help book regarding the Sacred Bhagavad-Gita. On every Sunday after noon the pilgrims to the temple are offered the Maha Prasad that is a meal that is served to all the pilgrims. The ISCKON keeps up to the stature and the observance of the temple of ISCKON temple and is a must visit while on stay in Surat.
Rangupavan- for theatre and Art enthusiast the Rangupavan is a must place to visit. This open air amphitheatre is considered to be one of the largest arenas in the entire Indian Subcontinent. The edifice of the 18 meters high with a performing arena of almost 20 meters and with an audience capacity of about 4000 people. The arena is used by the tourism department and various amateur and professional for staging cultural and theatre plays and performance. The prospect is certainly awe inspiring as tourists can sit and enjoy the entire performance in the evening light and under the glimmering star lit atmosphere.
Hajira- Hajira is a sea beach destination in the city of Surat. This is one the spectular beaches locate in the city of Surat and is frequented tourists hotspot. The seashore is characteristic for its soft and glimmering brown sand and clear waters that are a part of The Arabian Sea. The washed and wiped seaside is also filled with fragments of sea shells. The beach of Hajira is also known for the numerous accommodations and in particular the health resorts that area situated in and around beach. There are also known for the iron and sulfur deposits. The subtle environment of the beach is also preferred for the sick .
Vansada national Park- This national park is one of the most protected and at the same time preserved natural habitats in the city of Surat. In former times before independence the park served as the private getaway of the Maharaja of Vansada. After independence the Vansada national park was nationalized. The area is sprawls a wide area and is the rich habitat of the leopards, deers, spotted cats, tigers, the giant squirrel. This is also the unique habitat of the four horned antelope which is also seen here. There are also a number of endangered species also in the park for which tourist and wildlife enthusiast need to secure an necessary permission from the District forest officer. The national park is a truly a habitat of wellness and offers travelers a good chance of viewing wildlife.
Textile market in Surat- This market has established its repute as one of the leading and important centers for embroidered fabrics and textiles. The market is also known for its zari textiles, saris and embroidered work that has gained and national repute as well as prominence all through the globe. The main reason for the all round development and the sustenance of the sector and its surge to attaining international standards of textile has made it a worthwhile choice. Apart from that the styles that have been incorporated by the Textiles have become a style statement for saris and garments .
Dandi in Surat- For those who are familiar with the history of India, Dandi is places that has an ineffaceable contribution to the Indian Independence. It was here that the Indians exhibited their strength and proved their prowess in the struggle for independence guided by the father of the nation. The 241 Km journey from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi is the most significant part of the rich heritage an d the war for independence. The small Hamlet of Dandi is a one of the most peaceful and tranquil locations in the city of Surat against the backdrop of the natural ecosystems of the saltpans. This is an important place for4 those to get acquainted with the history and is also a silent abode and must place to visit for tourists in Surat.
Satpura- At an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level Satpura is an important tourists destination and hill station that is situated around the city of Surat. The river Sarpaganga flows around the region and is known as the abode for serpents since early times. Situated atop the second highest plateau in Sahayadri range, Satpura is endowed with natural beauty. It is a lush green sylvan beauty that with woods and forest and quaint valleys. The places also offers some of the and modern amenities for travelling tourists. There are also potters and artisans in te range that offer classes in pottery and various arts. Children visiting this place can learn some of the arts that are taught by the artisans. The Pushpa rope way is also an important attraction for visiting tourists. Situated at 164 km from the city of Surat, despite the various facilities and amenities and modernization projects have retained their distinctive identity and have remained untarnished as a result of the same.
Bardoli- Bardoli is also an important place in terms of historical significance. The Bardoli Satyagraha is one of the distinctive characteristic of the city. This was also the place where the Mahatma launched for a satayagraha movement for the benefit for the farmers that were struggling under the oppressive rule of the British. This tranquil and quaint destination frequented tourists though much as changed the ambience and the serenity of areas remains as fresh as it was during those years. Peace and silence transports visitors to the glorious times of the past.
Surat offers tourists an opportunity to experience the fullness of Gujarat. Apart from the convergence of rich history and culture Surat also offers modernity and is slowly closing in as one of the most developed cities. The experience is certainly worthwhile and tourists are ensured of a truly enriching and refreshing Holiday experience in Surat.