Surat is an Indian port city previously known as Suryapur. It is the economic capital of Gujarat. It is the eighth largest city and ninth largest urban agglomeration in India. Surat is the 3rd “cleanest city of India” according to the Indian Ministry of Urban Development, and 4th fastest growing city of the world.
It is the administrative capital of the Surat district. The city is located 284 kilometres (176 mi) south of the state capital, Gandhinagar; 265 kilometres (165 mi) south of Ahmedabad; and 289 kilometres (180 mi) north of Mumbai. The city centre is located 22 km (14 mi) south of the Tapti River.
How to reach
Surat Airport is located in Magdalla, 11 kilometres (7 mi) southwest of Surat. It is the 2nd busiest Airport in Gujarat, currently catering to daily scheduled airlines to all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Goa, Bhavnagar, Rajkot & Amreli.
Surat railway station, (Code: ST), is situated on Ahmedabad Mumbai & New-Delhi Mumbai Main line. It is under the administrative control of Western Railway Zone of the Indian Railways. The railway station was built in 1860. In early 2016, the IRCTC rated the facility the best large station in India based on cleanliness
Places to visit in Surat
Forts: Surat Castle
Museums: The Sardar Patel Museum, Saraswati Mandir – a house museum of Gujarati poet Narmad
River, Beaches, dams and lakes: Tapi Riverfront, Suvali Beach, Dumas Beach, Ukai Dam, Gopi Talav
Amusement parks and zoos: Sarthana Nature Park, Jagdishchandra Bose Aquarium, Science Centre
Malls and markets: VR Mall, Rahul Raj Mall, Central Mall, Iscon Mall
Places of worship: ISKCON Temple, Shabri Dham, Swaminarayan Temple, Anglican Church.