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City Guide - Surat
Introduction: Located in the southern part of Gujarat, Surat is a robustly booming city of India. It is famous for textiles, jari and brocades. Surat is a very important diamond processing center. Out of total export of diamond from India, 70% are manufactured at Surat. Many Indian diamond companies have established from Surat. If we leave the disaster of plague back in 1995, Surat proudly claim to be one of the India’s cleanest cities with glorious past and bright future. The Old Fort, The Textile Market, the main reflection of Surat’s famous occupation and Dumas - a sea- side health resort are some major tourists’ attraction of Surat.

History: Parsi refugees founded Surat in the 12th century, and it emerged as a minor trading post during the 1500s when it was plundered and razed numerous times by the Portuguese. Akbar, the Mughal emperor, conquered the town in 1592. Akbar, the brilliant king that he was, transformed the capital into a wonderful city with beautiful architecture and sound economics. It also holds the distinction of becoming the warehouse for storing arms during the British Raj. When Sir Thomas Roe came as ambassador to Jahangir, he landed in Surat first.

Places of interest: There are several historical monuments in and around Surat that can attract tourists across the globe. Built by Mohammad Tughlak in the 14th century to defend himself against the belligerent Bhills, The Old Fort showcases rich history of Surat. Dandi, is historically very important as far as freedom of India is concerned. It is the place from where Mahatma Gandhi started famous Dandi March in 1930. Hajira beach is situated 28 kms from Surat. This pleasant beach is fringed by feathery casurina tress and has a comfortable holiday home for visitors.  Dumas is a popular sea side resort located just 16 km away from Surat.

Travel information: Surat has a very pivotal location. Settled on the bank of River Tapi, it is just about 250 kms from Mumbai and Ahmedabad and falls on the main road from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. The western side of the district is the sea coast and otherwise districts of Navasari, The Dangs, Narmada and Bharuch surround it. It is bordered with Maharashtra on the east. The best time to visit Surat is between September and March.

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