Situated on the South-West of Gujarat, Surat today is known for its textiles and diamonds. Beneath all this pomp and glitter lies a city of great historical significance and glory. The city is known to hold some attraction for each and every visitor and if that is not all you can head to the secluded beaches here and relax under the sun. Here is a guide to the diamond city of Surat.
Dumas Beach is at a distance of 16 km from the city and is a popular destination among the locals. Located to the south west, it is a poplar beach destination among tourists too and is renowned for its black sand. Adjacent to this serene beach is the Dariya Ganesh Temple, which also is a must visit spot here.
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The British and Dutch mausoleums of the 16th century are greatly influenced by the local Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture and along side is the Armenian churchyard where there are tombs that are not big in structure but carries inscription. These tombs are all protected historical monuments and photography is prohibited in this area. Travellers coming here can explore the many tombs here and also marvel at the beauty of the architecture.
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Nargol is a small town and a tranquil beach retreat in the Valasad district of Gujarat. While the beach boasts of a good population of sea turtles, the Casuarina trees bordering the water body makes it look all the more attractive. The unexplored town which is well connected by both road and rail is home to an Agiary/fire temple that is frequented by Parsis from its surrounding villages. It is a perfect place to head to for relaxing and rejuvenating yourself.
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Mughalsarai was basically an inn constructed during the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's time in the 17th century for the Mecca bound Haaj pilgrims. In 1857, for a short period this building was converted into a jail and presently it serves as the office of Surat Municipal Corporation. Travellers coming here can explore the architecture as well as marvel at its beauty.
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Suvali is a black sand beach located at a distance of 28 km from the city. It is located near Hazira and is in such a remote area that it is still a virgin beach where visitors hardly come, making it the best place to enjoy solitude. It is a perfect place for those who wish to enjoy peacefullness far from the other noisy beaches.
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How to Reach Surat
By Air: Surat has a domestic airport located in Magdala which is 11 km south-west of the city. It is well connected with the rest of the country from here.
By Train: Surat is connected to all North Indian cities through the Surat Railway Station and to the central part of India like the cities of Nagpur and Amaravati.
By Road: Surat is one of the cities in India that has maximum number of flyovers. The city is also connected through NH6, NH8, NH228, Surat- Ahmedabad Highway, Udhana-Mumbai Highway to all main cities of the state and other states. The modern and comfortable, CNG fueled SMSS bus service is available for the local transport.
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