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Anupriya Bedi Feb 24 2014

Suggest a 1 Day trip plan to Surat.

Debangana Sen Feb 24 2014
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The second largest city in the state of Gujarat, Surat is famous for two things - diamonds and textile. Hence this place is great for shopping. Though one day trip in Surat is not enough to get a feel of the city, still here’s what you can cover within a day.

Photo of Surat city (by Rahulogy)

In the morning, Head towards the Dutch Cemetery on the Katargam Road. Buried here are a number of enterprising Dutch businessmen of the 17th century including big names like that of Baron Hendrik van Rheede. The place is not properly maintained but worth a visit. The compound may be closed but there is a small gate at the back. Ask the guard to show you the way. The Armenian and the English cemeteries are also in the same compound. This is an absolute must visit.

Next make your way to the Mughalsarai, which is a 17th century guesthouse built during Shah Jahan’s time as a resting place for pilgrims on the way to Mecca. It presently serves as one of the municipal offices. You can still see the typical Mughal architecture of the building.

Photo of Chintamani Jain Temple (by Vraj)

After this make your way to the nearby Chintamani Jain temple. The temple is known for its rare paintings and exquisite carvings of the Jain monk Acharya Hemachandra and the Solanki king, Kumarpal. It dates back to the 15th century and is one of the popular tourist destinations.

From here head towards Zampa Bazaar Road for lunch. Surat is known for unique dishes like Locho, Rasawala Khaman, Surti Undhiyu, Cold coco and Surti Ghari. You will find a number of good restaurants in Surat as well. Also don't miss out on the famous handmade icecreams and kulfis of Surat at the Janta icecream parlour. They come in unconventional flavours like Chilly, Ginger and Coriander.

After your lunch, head towards the Sardar Patel Museum. It was established in 1898, and was originally called the Winchester Museum. It has a collection of more than 10,000 specimen of arts and crafts. If you feel like, you can also visit the old fort of Surat, which was built by Khudawand Khan, sometime during 1540-46. Built on the banks of the Tapi river, this fort is one of the most ancient monuments in the city.

Photo of Bandhej sarees (by Tusharkalra)

The rest of the evening is good enough for shopping. The Dumas road has a number of shops selling Diamon jewellery, while the Ghoddod road shops are the best place to buy the famous zari saris and tie n dye stuff.

That should make the most of your one day trip to Surat. For more information, please check out the Surat Travel Guide.
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