Surat Industrial visit is one of the most recommended tour for students pursuing professional courses. Surat accounts for:
+ 70 % of the world’s total rough diamond cutting and polishing,
+ 90 % of the nation’s total rough diamond cutting and polishing,
+ 40 % of the nation’s total diamond exports,
+ 40 % of the nation’s total man made fabric production,
+ 28 % of the nation’s total man made fibre production
+ 18 % of the nation’s total man made fibre export, and
+ 12 % of the nation’s total fabric production
Surat is famous for its diamond industry and textile industry, along with silk and petro-chemicals. It is at the heart of the world’s diamond-polishing industry, which in 2005 cut 92% of the world’s diamond pieces and earned India $15 billion in exports. There are 605 medium and large scale industries based in Surat district. The major companies are Ambuja Cement,ABG Shipyard,British Gas,Cairn Energy,Gujarat Hira House,Garden Vareli,Indo Burma Petroleum Ltd.,HPCL,Reliance Industries,ONGC,NTPC,Larsen & Tubro,KRIBHCO,Indian Oil Corp. Ltd.,Essar Power & Steel etc.
Located on the banks of Tapti River, Surat represents the business sense of the Gujaratis for which they are known and as such is a fascinating introduction to the state. Once the chief port of the Mughal Empire and reference point for Mecca, this second most populous city in the state became the first English settlement in India in 1613. However, with the rise of Bombay, it was stripped of its status as the chief port by the British.
Today this arc-shaped city nonetheless continues to be the hub of commercial activity for its textile and diamond business. One of the cleanest cites in India, the place is replete with colonial charm.
Sights to See
A famous landmark of Surat, this castle was built by Sultan Mahmud III of the Gujarat Sultanate in 1946 to protect the city against the raids of the Portuguese. The most important historical monument in the city, it provides a wonderful view of the city and Tapti River, built in 1546 for the protection of the city
Situated near the Kataragam Gate, the cemetery houses some of the most imposing mausoleums. Prominent among them is that of Baron Adrian Van Reede characterised by a massive dome and beautiful pillars. The large gallery is very impressive.
Sardar Patel Museum
Also known as the Sardar Sangralaya, the museum was started in 1890 for the display of maps and other educational aids. The museum is a repository of the rich history and eclectic ethnic mix of Surat and houses more than 10,000 specimens of arts and crafts. Timings: 10 am-6.30 pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Dumas (16 km): South-east of Surat, this place is favourite with holidaymakers for having clear blue waters of the sea amidst stunning landscape. This excellent health resort is home to several cottages on the seafront which provides peace of mind to the visitors. Dumas is also known for a sanatorium.
Hajira (29 km): To the south-west of Surat, Hajira is a very popular vacation spot in Gujarat. Located on the creek of the Arabian Sea, this village has two wells with water rich in iron and sulphur. One of the undisputed highlights of the state, Hajira port is one of the most famous ports in India.
Bardoli (34 km): Bardoli entered the records of the history books when Bardoli Satyagraha, a farmer’s movement named after this place, was started in 1921-22 by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India and great freedom fighter. The Swaraj Ashram located here draws a large number of visitors.
- ABG Shipyard
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
Ubharat (42 km): One of the most popular excursions from Surat, Ubharat beach is dominated by white sand and soothing ambiance with a backdrop of shady palm groves. Ubharat Beach is full of opportunities for exploring the water or just plain relaxing. It is perfect for swimming also.
The Vansada National Park (90 km): A premier wildlife destination in the Valsad district . Located 40 km away from Billimora, the park is the habitat of wild animals such as leopards, tigers, panthers and wild boars.
Ukai (94 km): A day in the scenic surroundings of Ukai Dam will be good for the mind and fabulous for the spirit. A major multipurpose irrigation project of Gujarat, the dam is located in the midst of a picturesque tribal area and a famous travel attraction in Gujarat.
How would you like to travel?
- 267 km from Ahmedabad
- 156 km from Ahwa
- 88 km from Bharuch
- 300 km from Gandhinagar
- 550 km from Jamnagar
- 240 km from Kheda
- 356 km from Mehsana
- 140 km from Vadodara
- 35 from Valsad
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