Surat is a city in Gujarat, in the western part of India. It’s has an incredibly rich history & is also known for having embraced modern technology. Originally a famous seaport & centre for international trade & commerce, today it’s well known for it’s silk & diamond cutting industries as well as it’s IT sector.
If you ever find yourself in Surat, I’ve put together this guide of must do / see, eat, & buy from there that should help you make the most of your time while there.
How To Get There
The most convenient way to get there would be to fly. Surat has a bustling airport & it’s quite easy to find flights to & from all major Indian cities, you can check these flights from Surat to Delhi for the best deals. Indian railways can also be an affordable & efficient way to get there. And finally, if you’re elsewhere in Gujarat or even Mumbai, it’s quite easy to drive there too.
What To Do
Gopi Talav is one of the better known attractions in the city. A man made pond surrounded by a park, it also has food stalls & a playground which can be great for a family trip.
Jagdishchandra Bose Aquarium houses more than hundred aquatic species, it’s well known for 52 tanks that each contain unique ecosystems.
History buffs might enjoy Sardar Patel Museum. It’s well over a hundred years old, it’s dedicated to the grand old man of India (it was originally called the Winchester Museum) & has over ten thousand exhibits.
There are quite a few beaches in and around the city, Dandi beach, famous for being the destination of one of Mahatma Gandhi’s most satyagraha during the Indian freedom struggle is quite easily accessible from the city.
Surat had a multi cultural history & as such there are many beautiful Hindu, Jain, Christian & Muslim places of worship that you can visit.
What To Eat
Surat is best known for it’s amazing street food culture. It’s easy to find delicacies from all over India, but if you’re visiting – Locho, Surati Sev Khamani, Fafda & Undhiyu are some local savoury chaats or farsans that shouldn’t be missed.
What To Take Home
Surat has a thriving manufacturing industry. It would be a mistake to visit & not shop for textiles. Whether you prefer to buy good fabric or gorgeous readymade ethnic garments, you’ll find it in one of Surat’s many markets like Sahara Darwaja or Shanivari Market. Definitely pick up a silk saree in one of Surat’s many emporiums, you can also find sarees with beautiful zari or kinari embroidery work.
Besides fabric, Surat also has a lot of handicrafts that you won’t find elsewhere in the country. The wooden sculptures & figurines are pretty famous – They’re great to decorate with & can make unique & thoughtful gifts.
Surat has a lot to offer & I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface with this post. But if you’re in the city with a short time to spare, I hope this post gave you some fun ideas. x