Places of interest
-Castle Located on the banks of River Tapti, the castle was built in 1546 a.d to protect the city form the invaders at the instance of Sultan Mahmud III and Khwaja Safar Salmani, an albanian christian who had embraced Islam and was later awarded the title of Khudawan Khan. After few years, it was refortified with Turkish Guns that added to the splendor of the castle. The moat that existed around the fort was filled around 1959. Today, it houses several government offices and offers some breathtaking views of the River Tapti.
-The Mosques Surat offers four interesting mosques that including, Khudawand Mosque, Sayyid Idris Mosque and the Jumma Masjid that is located across the River Tapti. Khwaja Diwan Sahib's mosque is reputed as the most interesting mosque with its fine architectural style.
-Chintamani Jain Temple The exquisite wooden carvings and paintings are the major attractions of the temple. The temple dates back to 15 century and houses some of the most rare paintings of Jain preacher Acharya Hemchandra, Solanki King and King Kumarapala.
-Cemeteries English, Dutch and Americans cemeteries at Surat make an interesting stop-over. Of these the Mausoleum of Oxenden brothers is noteworthy for its domed structure and four pinnacles at the corner. The mausoleum is located near Katargam Gate. The Dutch and American cemeteries are situated at Gulam Falia near the main road leading to Katargam.
Surat is reputed for its exquisite handcrafted items and that makes it an ideal place to shop for some finest souvenirs. You can also choose from a range of durable and intricately carved furniture that carry a magnetic appeal. Laxmi Textile Market in Surat offers some of the most admired textiles in the world.
How to reach Baroda located around 140 kms from Surat is the nearest airport. Surat is an important railway station and is connected to all the major Indian destinations. There are regular state transport and private buses from Surat to the important centers of the region and Gujarat. Tourist taxis, auto-rickshaws, and city bus service are available from the main bus stand.
Climate The climate of Surat is mild and it doesn't fluctuate much. The temperature ranges between 10°C to 38°C. Although one can visit Surat in any season, the best time to do so would be between October and March.