Surat – the diamond hub of the world – is full of history and intrigue that pairs exquisitely with its rapid development. Whether you are in the mood for museums and culture or are seeking days spent on the beach, Surat has dozens of attractions and things to do. Here are the 7 most popular places to visit in Surat:
Neo Travellers’ List of Best Places To Visit in Surat
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Though not as majestic as some castle in Europe, Surat Castle (also known as Old Fort) has historic significance and looks quite mighty rising above the edges of the River Tapi. Built in the 16th century, Surat Castle has protected the lands from invaders since then. You can see the scars of battles long past still etched into the edifice. Nowadays, it is filled with government offices. A must-see for history buffs.
Roadside eateries and local legends are plentiful around the urbanized Dumas Beach. For ghosthunters, Dumas Beach is famous for its paranormal activities and one of the most haunted places in India. Don’t let that scare you away though. Those seeking traditional beach fun, the sands stretch for 2 kilometers, and there is plenty of lapping waves, endless skies, and warm sun to enjoy. Nearby activities include visiting a temple dedicated to Ganesh, camel rides, and ATV rides.
Jagdish Chandra Bose Aquarium
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Not all aquariums are created equal, especially when it is the Jagdish Chandra Bose Aquarium. Located underground, the Jagdish Chandra Bose Aquarium has more than one hundred species of fish and marine wildlife on display. There are over 50 tanks of various sizes and containing different habits—ocean, freshwater, brackish, and so on. Definitely check out this place if you want to see unique jellyfish and shark tanks.
Chintamani Jain Temple
Known as an architectural marvel, the stunning Chintamani Jain Temple is all about the cool exterior and extravagant interior. You will be taken aback by how elaborate the woodwork is here. The temple is believed to have been built during the reign of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb (1618-1707). Inside, there are rare works by the artists Acharya Hemachandra. Visual learners will enjoy the chance to touch some of the wooden paintings with their bare hands.
The Dutch Garden is a section of the Dutch Cemetery in Surat. Long ago, Dutch business-people came to Surat to set up shop, and the cemetery is what remains. Because of the heavily trafficked location, the Dutch Garden is one of the best maintained gardens in the area and is a botanical paradise. Tombs of Dutch officers are nestled among the shrubs and flowering plants. Some of the designs are breathtakingly beautiful.
Birdwatchers and outdoorsy people, this popular place in Surat is perfect for you. Gavier Lake is located within wetlands protected by the Surat Municipal Corporation. Large flocks of migratory birds are often sighted here. Other rare species include the Lesser Whistling Duck, Yellow-Fronted Pied Woodpecker, Indian Peafowl, Purple Sunbird, and Small Blue Kingfisher. There are also plenty of opportunities to capture the epic sunsets over the picturesque lake, making Gavier Lake a wonderful date or picnic spot.
Surat Science Centre
Fun for people of all ages! The spectacular Surat City Science Centre (also part of the Surat Municipal Corporation) contains a planetarium, art gallery, museum, amphitheatre, and an auditorium. On the roof of this multifaceted institution is even a solar energy complex that generates the energy required to run the Science Centre and more. Though the main building is devoted to science, the best part of the exhibitions would be the huge diamond and textile galleries. Special events are also held often. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Surat for people of all ages.
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