Surat, previously known as Suryapur, is a city in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is also administrative capital of the Surat district. The city is divided into two parts namely the older part and the newer suburbs. Being the producer of textile and the diamond on a high scale, the city is also called “Diamond Capital of the World” and “Manchester textile city of India”. Moreover, it is also famed that 92% of the diamonds in the world are cut and polished here in Surat itself. The city is also named in epic Mahābhārata, when Lord Krishna made a stop here on his way from Mathura to Dwarka. In the 8th century, the Parsis started to come down to Surat and thus the sea trade between Iran and Gujarat became more profitable much due to the famous Silk Route. The city served as a vital important sea port from various trade and commercial activities were carried out. Surat has established itself as an industrial hub during the recent years.
Dandi is one of the far-famed attractions of Surat known for salt production and also has great historic significance. It was here that Gandhi ji led the Dandi March to oppose the tax rule on the production of salt during the reign of the Britishers. Owing to its connection with the Independence struggle of India, the region attracts an array of traveler.
The Old Fort at Surat was erected in the 14th century under the reign of Muhammad Tughlak as a defense against the Bhils. The fort is a vital attraction in Surat that is noted for its massive & impressive architecture that comprises well built walls & iron bars.
The Hajira Beach is a famous attraction that attracts numerous travelers. It is one of the most favored splendid beaches where one can enjoy a nice sun-bathing experience and can enjoy a day-out in Surat.
Surat is far-famed for its finest embroidered silk and brocade productions. The industry has an array of embroidered saris and other products that makes it a vital attraction of Surat.
By Air : Surat has a domestic airport and the nearest international airport is situated at Ahmedabad (268 km away).
By Rail : Surat is situated on the main Mumbai - Ahmedabad railway line.
By Road : the city of Surat is actively-connected to cities like Ahmedabad, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Somnath and Vadodara.