A well-developed commercial city located on the bank of the Tapti River, Surat is the second largest city of the Gujarat state and boasts of impeccable cleanliness. It is also an administrative capital of Surat district formerly known as Suryapur. The name of the city is also mentioned in the Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata, when Lord Krishna changed his way from Mathura to Dwarka.
The city is ranked as 4th fastest developing city according to a global study. Surat Travel Guide is incomplete without the mention of its ancient monuments, scenic spots and architectural marvels that are an observer’s delight. Surat Castle, Bardoli, Dandi, Chintanamani Jain Temple, Dumas, Hajira and Swaminarayan Temple are the main attractions of the city. Surat is extremely recognized for its Surati cuisine, which comprises of "Ghari" (a type of sweet), Undhiyu, Rasaawala Khaman, Locho and Surati Chinese.
The city is acknowledged for its textile and diamond business and thus, it is known by different names like “the diamond capital of the world”, “the textile capital/Manchester textile city of India”, “Silk City” and "Embroidery capital of India" because of the highest number of embroidery machines available in the city.