Surat, a diamond hub, is an important town of Gujarat. Formerly it was known as Suryapur. It is the commercial capital city Gujarat and also the second-largest commercial hub of western India after Mumbai. This city is one of the most popular cities in India. Surat is India's eighth largest metropolitan city and also the cleanest Metropolitan Region. This city is situated on the left bank of Tapti River.
Budget Hotels in Surat
There are many hotels in Surat that are suitable for budget travelers. Ginger Surat (Tariff- Rs. 2993), Tex Palazzo Hotel (Tariff- Rs. 2253) and Hotel Ostria (Tariff- Rs.1826) are some of the options for tourists.
Gujarati is spoken by majority of people. Hindi and English are also used.
Events in Surat
Gujarat is famous for some exciting event; some of them include Kite Flying Festival. This Festival Started in Ahmedabad and Surat also joins in this festival with its decorated kites. Another main event is Dang Durbar; it is one of the major Traditional Events of Surat. People dress in their Traditional Attire and perform Ras and Garba. The most famous event is Navratri; it is celebrated in the month of September-October. Another interesting event is festival of Janmashtami - it is celebrated in the month of August to celebrate the Birth of Lord Krishna.
Places to See in Surat
The interesting places to visit includes Dumas; it is located 17.6 Kms from BRC bus stand. Bardoli is another place situated at a distance of 33.8 Kms from BRC bus stand. Another one is Sardar Patel Museum; it is 5.5 Kms away from BRC bus stand. Hajira and The Old Fort are some more common places to visit; situated at a distance 28.9 Kms and 5.9 Kms from BRC bus stand respectively.
How to Get There
Surat Airport is a domestic airport, located in Magdala, 11 kilometres south-west of Surat in the Western Indian state of Gujarat.
Surat Railway Station is also 2nd most earning Railway Station after Mumbai of Mumbai Division, Western Railways. It is under the administrative control of Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways.
A lot of tourists, both from India and abroad, come to visit Surat every year. Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation offers intercity and interstate services to and from Surat. Through its intercity bus services, GSRTC connects major cities such as Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, and Gandhinagar. GSRTC also covers states including Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh. Book your tickets online through several bus booking sites like Ticketgoose.com.
Earlier known as Wamansthali, Vanthali is a historical city in Gujarat’s Junagadh district. It was once ruled by Vanthali Wala Ram, who adopted his nephew Ra Chuda as he did not have any son, who could succeed him. After he ascended the throne, Ra Chuda changed his name to Chudasama and ruled Junagadh from 9th-15th centuries. As it is only 20 km away from its headquarters, it has several temples and forts worth visiting nearby.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic at Vanthali, but Junagadh has a number of options like Shikar Palace Hotel (Tariff –Rs.500), Hotel Sapphire (Tariff –Rs. 800) and Vishala Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1,000).
Gujarati, Hindi and English are the most spoken languages of this city.
Holi in March-April, Janmashtami in July-August, Buddha Purnima in September, Navratri in September-October and Diwali in October-November are the most important festivals of Varsada.
Places of Interest
Vanthali has a lot to offer its tourists, as it is close to the historical city of Junagadh (20 km). Some of the places of interest include Moti Baug, Science Museum, Durbar Hall Museum, Damodar Kund and Uperkot Fort.
How to Get There
Porbandar Airport, which is 78 km away, is the closest to the city.
Shapur railway station just 7 km away is the nearest from the city, but Rajkot railway station is a major rail head connecting Vanthali to other major cities
Buses are available from Junagadh, Keshod and Upleta. Mahasagar Travels is one of the top operators on this route. Book your tickets in advance and avail of your bus ticket discount coupon, especially given during festive seasons.