Category: Surat

Small Wonder Cities: Surat

Awarded as the best city, Surat is tagged by its other names too like “Clean City”, “Silk City”, “Diamond City” and “Best City”.

One of the fastest growing places in India, Surat is the capital of Gujarat. Not only dine; the street foods of Surat also hold much popularity. Apart from enjoying the delicious eatables at Surat, the beings in their leisure period always wish to visit some of the famous tourist places nearby it. There is much sightseeing here in Surat that seems to be beautiful and magnetizing.

In India, one of the best textile centers, Surat is a hub of many ashrams, architectural designs, and historical landmarks. Too known as a city of solitaires, this tourist destination entices the travelers from all over this world to clutch a bewitching gaze of amazing traditions of Gujarat. So, come along and let’s explore a best ever place in India, Surat.

Iskcon Temple

The most visited site of Surat, Iskcon Temple lies at Jahangir Pura, on Ashram Road. You may witness an awesome glimpse of this temple on all the weekdays between 11 in the morning till 8 in the evening. Here, the devotees of Lord Krishna are going to get a peaceful ambiance.

Bardoli

In Surat, a spot that is known for its historical image is Bardoli. It is too tagged as ‘Bardoli Satyagrah’ as this is the only site from where the Salt March got initiated. It will not take much time to reach here as it is 34 km away from the main Surat city. Here you are going to enjoy the cool breeze of a striking and fabulous beach. This location holds its position is the top sightseeing list of Surat.

Dutch Garden

Named among the top most historical locations of this city, Dutch Garden is mostly visited by not only the Indian visitors but also by foreigners. Actually, it is the graveyard of the business people or we can say officers who got settled in the same city for this business projects. In fact, you are going to notice a unique story of the officers when you will visit their tombs. Trust us, your eyes are going to get freeze after witnessing an astounding gape of this place.

Hazira

Again, a most visited locality of Surat, Hazira is situated about 25 km away from the city. The best time to enjoy here is your leisure day or weekend. To reach here, you may hire a taxi or auto rickshaw. For nature loving people, this place is going to be the most beautiful spot ever.

Dumas Beach 

Among all the local folks, Dumas Beach is a common beach known so far. In the southwest part, it lies 21 km apart. The Municipal Corporation of Surat has a right to manage this beach. The traditional foods like Gathiya, Bhajiy, etc. are too enjoyed here. This place is going to become a worthy spot to visit.

Surat Castle

Named as the “Old Fort”, Surat Castle was assembled by the Sultanate of Gujarat according to Feroz Khan Tughlaq belonging to Delhi Sultanate. It is counted among the most historical shrines of Surat.

Jagadish Chandra Bose Aquarium

If you have kids then this spot should be a definite place to be visited named, Jagadish Chandra Bose Aquarium. In India, it is the first ever underwater aquarium among its types. In Surat at Pal, you may find this kid’s spot. More than hundred species of the fish resides here in this water home, JCB.

Famous Gujarat Delicacies

The joy of visiting this amazing place, Surat will get double just by trying various mouth-watering dishes that are popular here. Here on the street too, you are going to get the same food menu as the restaurants are going to present you here. It’s your wish whether you want to enjoy the surrounding while eating or want to just enjoy sitting in restaurants. Moreover, they spread carpet all over the footpath where the beings relish their home delicacies or street food by sitting on it along the roadside in the shiny lightening of Malls and running traffic.

Now, we are going to unfold a list of the most adored recipes of Surat.

Undhiyu

Tastes quite spicy, Undhiyu is an authentic casserole made by veggies, which is mostly enjoyed in winter. A Gujarati word, “Undhu” is a term which has given a bird to such a delicacy which means upside down. As it is cooked in the earthenware for hours by stirring some vegetables traditionally upside down that’s why named so.

Ghari

After a spicy dish, next is the turn of a sweet recipe named, Ghari. It is made by filling it well with the dry fruits and dipped in ghee. It is a dish overloaded with calories. On a festive day of Gujarat, Chandi Padwa, this special sweet is prepared. After just taking a bite of it, you are definitely going to give its name for the Guinness Book of the world record.

Collegian

A famous member of the snacks family, Collegian is mostly liked by college students. You may take it as a chat the main ingredient of which is peanuts. Before serving it is garnished well with sev which appends an amazing savor to it.

Khichu

A delicious and spicy yet simple and healthy Gujarati dish Khichu too comes in a snack category. It is actually steamed rice dough that is used for preparing “Khichiya” or we can say rice papad. When made with oil and with the spice of achar methi it tastes outstanding.

Ice Dish

Undoubtedly, Ice Gola is one of the favorite items for not only the kids but elders too. You might be thinking, this is the simplest eatery what’s a new talk about this. Let us tell you that the people of Surat are well composed of talent who alter the makeover entirely even of the simplest delicacies.

Bhajiya

Bhajiya, made with aaloo this recipe is too named, pakodas. You are going to get a pleasant experience after activating your taste buds by trying this relished delicacy.

 
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5 Things that Make Surat Special

Surat, formerly known as Suryapur, is the economic capital of Gujarat. Presently, Surat is the richest city in India far ahead of Bangalore and Madras. Surat has also been declared the third cleanest city in India, maintaining its consistency in cleanliness from past few years.

Here are 5 things that make Surat special:

1. Surat is known as the Diamond heart of the world and does a business worth billions of dollars every year. Reportedly, almost 95% of rough diamonds across the world are cut and polished in Surat. Annually, Surat’s diamond trade contributes almost 90% of the total national export of diamonds and stones.

2. Surat is a renowned for producing textiles, also known as the Silk City of India. Surat is very popular for its cotton mills, man-made fibers, and Zari Craft. There are over 41,100 power loom units and 381 dyeing mills (printing as well) having yearly turnover around 5 billion rupees, and providing employment to lacs of labors.

3. Surat is also known as the City of Flyovers, as it has the maximum number bridges and flyovers in India. Apart from this, Surat also preserves many historical monuments such as Clock Tower, Dutch Cemetery, English Cemetery, Tomb of Khudawand Khan, and Heritage Square. Surat is also the home of many beautiful beaches and parks.

4. Navratri, Diwali, and Ganesh Chaturthi are among the major festivals celebrated in Surat. People in Surat also celebrate thekite-flying festival of Uttarayan (Makar Sankranti, in January) and Chandi Padvo (in October) with great pomp and enthusiasm.

5. The best thing that attracts tourism to Surat is its relaxed lifestyle and its cuisine. A popular dish named Locho (made of gram flour and lentils) is mostly in demand because it is only available in the city of Surat. Ghaari, Undhiyu, Rasaawala Khaman, Surati Khaman, Sosyo, and Sarasiya Khaja are among other preferred dishes available in Surat.

So, when you plan to visit Surat, do keep in mind that you are in one of the oldest cities of India. Surprisingly, Surat is mentioned in the book of Mahabharata where Lord Krishna made a halt while travelling from Mathura to Dwarka.

Do not miss out on Surat’s delicacies and cuisine while travelling in train via Surat Junction. Get KhanaGadi app for food delivery in train at Surat railway station. Order 30-60 minutes prior to your train halt and we will bring you your meal on train seat.

5 Foods to try when visiting Surat

Surat and Gujarati food at a glance

The city of Surat has been applauded for its cleanliness and its special range of food delicacies. The standard of living in this city is above average and people love to work, eat and enjoy a balanced life. Be it Dumas Beach or the junction area – Surat is both a fast yet laid back place. It depends on your pace and how you want to be in Surat. It has all the options you need.

Want to try Gujarati and other Surati delicacies; here is our attempt to hack Surat on a platter for you.

Five Foods to try when visiting Surat

From lip-smacking Thalis to a world class continental experience you will find it all. The street food deserves a special mention so beware of the gastronomic blues!

We know that taste is an extremely subjective opinion but we have listed 5 foods that we think will have your eyes rolling and mouth-watering. Here it goes:

  • Matla Undhiyu:

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This one is for the health conscious folks. Otherwise known as Gujarati barbeque, it is a member of the Undhiyu family that involves roasted ground nuts, ginger-garlic paste and spices cooked in an inverted hot pot. This one is optional, but the addition of coriander leaves often leaves a lasting sensation one to remember.

  • Locho:

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Have you ever asked any locals about what makes them proud to be from Surat? Well, we are sure from the long list Locho will definitely be a top contender. It is a famous street food steam boiled- ready to go with green chutney and Sev. Have one with a hot beverage while exploring the streets of Surat and we guarantee you an evening you will never forget.

  • Dabeli:

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Mumbai looks out here I come! Yes, you Mumbai if you think that your Vada pav is unbeatable then we have got the challenge for you. Originally from the Kutch region of Gujarat Dabeli is a special Vada-pav served with methi chutney that will make even the most die-hard fans sway in this one’s favor.

  • Chopsuey:

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Wait since when is that a local dish? Well, this is the odd one out but Golden Dragon’s American Chopsuey served with various Chinese delicacies is a must mention for those who get a kick out of the exotic.

  • Batar’s Ice dish:

The peak Summer of India really takes its toll on people. What better than a very desi version of Ice-cream served with strawberries fruits, nuts below which lay the Cream on top of a unique serving of Ghee, sugar and sweet bread.

Let us know how we can make your experience better and life-changing in the hub of tourism known as Surat, with its breath-taking architecture, sight-seeing opportunities and of course tempting and sometimes burn a hole in your pocket but worth it food.

Happy Hogging!