Tourism Surat Gujarat India

Surat is mentioned in the Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata, when Lord Krishna stopped there on his way from Mathura to Dwarka. The Parsis began to settle there in the 8th century. Local Hindu traditions state that the city was founded in the last years of the fifteenth century B.C.E. by a Brahman named Gopi, who called it Suryapur (City of the Sun).

The bustling business town of Surat is also home to one of the largest textile mills in India and is famed for its cottons, muslins, silks, and brocades and as a trading centre for spices too. The strategic position of Surat on the west coast of India, its relative proximity to Europe and its prosperity made it a pawn in the game of one up man ship between the various colonial powers in India. The port city of Surat which lies on the banks of the Tapti River, is one of the good places to see in Gujarat.Surat is the world's largest market for diamond polishing and cutting. There are over 300,000 highly skilled diamond cutters and polishers who work in this industry in Surat.

Surat, previously known as Suryapur, is a city in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is the administrative capital of the Surat district. The city is located 306 km south of the state capital, Gandhinagar, on the left bank of the Tapti River (Tapi), the center being around 22 km (14 mi) from the river's mouth.

Surat had a population of 4.6 million at the 2011 census, making it the second largest city in the state of Gujarat, after Ahmedabad. It is the eighth largest city and ninth largest metropolitan area of India. Surat is the 34th-largest city by area and 4th-fastest developing cities in a study conducted by the City Mayors Foundation, an international think tank on urban affairs. Surat is selected as the first smart IT city in India which is being constituted by the Microsoft CityNext Initiative tied up with IT services majors Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro of India. The city has 2.97 million internet users which is about 65% of total population.

Climate in Surat:

Surat has a tropical savanna climate (Koppen: Aw), moderated strongly by the Sea to the Gulf of Cambay. The summer begins in early March and lasts till June. April and May are the hottest months, the average maximum temperature being 37 °C (99 °F). Monsoon begins in late June and the city receives about 1,200 millimetres (47 in) of rain by the end of September, with the average maximum being 32 °C (90 °F) during those months. October and November see the retreat of the monsoon and a return of high temperatures till late November. Winter starts in December and ends in late February, with average mean temperatures of around 23 °C (73 °F), and negligible rain.

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