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Surat , Gujarat

Surat is the cotton capital of the country. It is the place which has changed the very economy of Gujarat and a city that is thriving in the new economic set up. For the veritable tourist, Surat is the place from where you buy some of the best cotton suits and sarees. But this is not the only reason why this colourful city should be visited. It is a place that offers all its visitors incredible hospitality and an experience o Gujarat that you will never forget. A very commercial city, this is also the third cleanest city in India. This is one of the biggest cities in the country and growing literally in leaps and bounds. It is also the fastest growing city economically in India and will stun you by the rapid progress in it. This is one of the dream cities of india and definitely one to look out for. It is also known as the diamond capital of the world and the textile capital/Manchester textile city of India, a distinction it took over from Ahmedabad. Suffice to say that a person who likes shopping will never ever run out of options. There are also some exquisite places to visit here. The Chintamany Jain temple is one that is a must visit with its intricate and wonderful architecture. The ancient Dutch gardens, the Dutch cemetery and Makaipul, the ancient original port from where the ships sailed to other parts of the world are other attractions. The Surat Fort still stands tall and there are some lovely beaches that can be found in and around Surat that makes this place absolutely perfect.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 30.0°C /85.0°F 96 mm 41feet 14658.0 /km2 Jan-Mar,Oct-Dec Coming Soon


Places of Interest

  • Jain Temple

    "This is unique, unusual and oldest Jain temple which was started 400 years ago. Build by Aurangzeb, this temple is a finest example of rare architectural style. As soon as tourists enter the temple, they would be amazed to see outstanding interior with huge wooden pillars and paintings made of vegetable dyes. These paintings consist of various Jain preachers which are Acharya Hemchandra, Solanki King and King Kumarpala. Visitors would be surprised to hear that at London Museum; this temple replica was placed over 90 years ago. - See more at:"

    Jain Temple

  • The Old Ford

    "Old Ford is an area in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets adjoining the north part of Bow in east London. As a result of its proximity to the London Olympic Park, the area will gain regeneration.Old Ford, as the name suggests, was the ancient most downstream crossing point of the River Lea. This was part of a pre-Roman route that followed the modern Oxford Street, Old Street, through Bethnal Green to Old Ford and thence across a causeway through the marshes known as Wanstead Slip (actually in Leyton). The route then continued through Essex to Colchester. At this time the Lea was a wide fast flowing river and the tidal estuary stretched as far as Hackney Wick.[1]\nColchester[2] was where the Romans set up their initial capital for their occupation, and the road was upgraded to run from the area of London Bridge as one of the first paved Roman roads in Britain. Evidence has been found of a late Roman settlement at Old Ford dating from the 4th and 5th centuries. Excavations in 2002-3 discovered a substantial 'ribbon' development along the line of the road, surrounded by fields. Near the river there was evidence for a cluster of wooden buildings dominated by a large open-ended barn. Large amounts of cattle bone were also discovered, suggesting butchery to supply the London market. The Lea was thought to be used to supply Roman London with agricultural products and pottery from Hertsfordhire and the north. Old Ford was where the goods were transferred to continue their journey into London by wagon.[3]\nIn 1110, Matilda, wife of Henry I, reputedly took a tumble at the ford on her way to Barking Abbey and ordered a distinctively bow-shaped three-arched bridge to be built over the River Lea, The like of which had not been seen before. The building of the bridge at Bow didn't leave Old Ford as a backwater and the ford continued to be well used, but it was in an isolated and rural area and the local population centre moved to Bow in the middle ages. Old Ford was one of the sites of one of the many water mills in the area that supplied flour to the bakers of Stratforde-atte-Bow, and hence bread to the City. Due to their isolation residents were given dispensation to worship in the chapel of ease at Stratforde-atte-Bow, later Bow Church, to save the often difficult journey to the parish church of St Dunstan's at Stepney.\nA lock and weir now exist on the Lee Navigation near where the ford used to be. This lies at the end of 'Hackney Cut', an 18th-century artificial channel and the natural channel (known as the Waterworks River) rejoins the channel below the lock."

    The Old Ford

  • Ancient Dutch Gardens

    "Surat, previously known as Surya, is a city in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is also administrative capital of the Surat district. The city is located 306 km south of the state capital, Gandhinagar, and is situated on the left bank of the Tapti River (Tapi), the center being around 22 km (14 mi) from the river's mouth.[4]\nSurat is Gujarat's second largest city and India's eighth most populated city (in terms of population living in the Municipal Corporation area), with a population of 4.5 million. The city registered an annualized GDP growth rate of 11.5 per cent over the seven fiscal years between 2001 and 2008.[5]\nA moat divides the older parts of the city, with its narrow streets and handsome historical houses, from the newer suburbs. The city is largely recognized for its textile and diamond businesses. It is also known as the diamond capital of the world and the textile capital/Manchester textile city of India, a distinction it took over from Ahmedabad. 92% of the world's diamonds are cut and polished in Surat.[6]"

    Ancient Dutch Gardens


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