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INFORMATION ABOUT SURAT

The years of Mahabharat i.e. about year 3,000 B.C. It is said that Lord Krishna stopped with his cows on his transition from Mathura to Dwarka city and the images of the cow's foot prints are still visible to the devotees at a place popularly called "Gai Pagli" (Foot steps of cows).. The town of Surat, situated on the banks of the Balonne River, is the centre of the picturesque Warroo Shire, an ideal place to enjoy a little country relaxation. Its position on the Great Inland Way between Roma and St George makes it an ideal stop for visitors heading north from New South Wales. Local traditions fix the establishment of the modern city in the last years of the fifteenth century, and in 1514 the Portuguese traveller Duarte Barbosa described it as an important seaport, frequented by many ships from Malabar and all parts of the world. There still is an irregular picturesque fortress on the banks of the river built in 1540. One particular village in the suburbs of Surat is Barbodhan Village, possibly named after the explorer Duarte Barbosa (it derives from "Bab-ul-Aden"—Doorway to Aden, Yemen—where it has strong cultural and trading links). In 1992, violent riots took place between Hindus and Muslims, the first and worst of their kind in the modern history of Surat. In 1994, a combination of heavy rains and blocked drains led to water logging in the city. A number of dead street animals and public waste were not removed in time and a plague epidemic spread through the city. This brought the world's attention to the city as evinced by the sanctions on travel and goods exchange put up by a number of countries. The municipal commissioner during that time, S. R. Rao and the people of Surat worked hard in the late 1990s to clean the city up after which it was recognized in many circles as the 'second-cleanest city in India'.

SURAT TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • Dutch Garden : The ancient Dutch gardens, the Dutch cemetery and Makaipul, the ancient original port from where the ships sailed to other parts of the world are other attractions.


  • Old Fort :The Old Fort was built by Muhammed Tughlak in the 14th century to fortify the defence against the Bhils. It is now used for Municipal Offices.


  • Sardar Patel Museum :About hundred years old this museum has a collection of over 10,000 specimens of arts and crafts.


  • Rangupavan :It is an open air theatre with 18 meters by 10.5 meters stage and a capacity of around 4000 spectators. This is one of the biggest theatre in the country.


  • Dumas & Hajira :Dumas 16 km from Surat and Hajira 28 km from Surat are well known health resorts on the creek of Arabian Sea. Hajira has two wells with water rich in iron and sulphur. The pleasant Hazira beach is fringed by feathery casurina trees.


  • Gaurav Path : One of the most happening places of surat. Built by Surat Municipal Corporation. Ideal for drive.


  • Choppati :It's also very popular place of city, It's big garden and it's also known for fastfood like Paav Bhajee and Paani puri.


  • Vansada National Park :It is situated in Valsad district is a home to leopards, tigers, panthers and wild boars. The best time to visit is between October to March.


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