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SMC Garden, Godadara

Under one of the initiatives for Clean Surat, Green Surat, SMC has developed lot of gardens and parks across the city. We will be covering each one of them in detail. These gardens and parks provide a nice suitable hangout place with family as well as walking/jogging track for fitness enthusiasts. Today we will go through one such garden in Godadara.

Inaugurated in January 2018, this park has gained lot of popularity in the vicinity as a hangout place for the young as well as gathering and evening resting place for the old. Lot of people are seen in the early morning doing yoga and other workout to maintain their health and fitness. During the evening, many people are seen walking around in the pavement.

The place is maintained by SMC and some garderners are provided with shelter within the park, who look after watering, cleaning and maintaining the plants. The park timings are appropriate from 6am-12pm & 3pm-11pm. Park is closed between 12pm-3pm. There is enough lighting in the park after sunset. There are dustbins placed at few metres for maintaining cleanliness. There is a public toilet inside the park, however it is not so well maintained.

Cleanliness of a city or a public place is not just the responsibility of government or municipal corporation, it is an equal responsibility of the citizens to ensure, they keep their surrounding clean and and do not litter. Likewise help to maintain the gardens and other public places, by doing their bit.

There is a section of kids play area, where they can play in fun activities like see-saw, sliders, climbing and swinging.

On festivals, holidays and on weekends, the number of footfall increases two folds and it is like a picnic spot in the evening, where families and groups of people come over to enjoy time together. The beauty of this park is so popular, that a lot of photographers are seen doing pre-wedding and wedding shoots over here in the evenings.

Something that started of as a clean and green initiative by SMC, has grown within a year to a picnic spot, workout area, play area, wedding shoots backdrop, chit chat area and many other. It is a proud achievement for the surtis as well as Surat Municipal Corporation.

The garden is located on the main road. The closest BRTS station is Jogini Mata Mandir BRTS. You can take 204 bus from Chowk or 254 bus from Surat Railway Station. If you take an auto from Surat Railway Station, it will cost you around 20 Rs in shared auto and the closest drop point would be Godadara Naher. If you take a direct Auto from Station, it would cost you between 100-150 Rs, you will have to be good at bargaining. Location of the garden is provided below.


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Attractions in Surat | Places to Visit in Surat

Some of the top attractions in Surat, which you must not miss if you are planning to visit Surat or if you are a Surti go take a walk around the city to see the new look.

Surat is one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. Known for it’s Diamond and Textile businesses, Surat is rapidly growing in other sectors like Infrastructure, Technology, Innovation, Cleanliness, Urban development to be pioneering in the field of Smart Cities in India. Along with city development with continuous efforts from Surat Municipal Corporation in all areas, Surat is re-defining it’s new face in the modern world.

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Surat Castle | Surat Fort
Gopi Talav
Dutch Cemetary
Narmad House
Clock Tower
Andrew’s Library
Hope Bridge
Mugalsarai
Sneh Rashmi Botanical Garden
Surat Municipal Aquarium
Narmad Library
Science Centre
VR Mall, Surat
Tapi River Front
Dumus Beach
Ubrat Beach
Sarthana Nature Park
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Ambika Niketan Mandir
ISKCON Temple
Swaminarayan Mandir, Adajan
Bada Ganesh Temple
Aaspass Dada Temple
Galteshwar Mahadev Mandir
Dada Bhagwan Mandir, Kamrej
Amaazia Water Park
Snow Park, Rahul Raj Mall

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Aaspass Dada Mandir | Temples in Surat

Aaspass Dada Mandir is located in Godadara, towards the far end of Surat city outskirts in the South East Zone. It is a very popular temple in the locality.

Every year Aaspass Mela, an exhibition cum fair is organised in a ground near by the temple, where thousands of devotees and visitors come to see the grandeur celebrations and buy households and decors. Celebrations begin during the week of Diwali vacations in schools and offices. Usually held in October or November every year.

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Aaspass Mandir Entrance Gate

How to Reach

  • Bus
    • Regular buses run from Surat Railway Station (Bus No 254) and Chowk (Bus No 204) to Aaspass Temple. Surat SitiLink buses (blue color buses) are a bit crowded towards this route. It will cost you around 12-15 Rs. Buses will drop you right out the entrance gate.
  • BRTS
    • Take a BRTS bus towards Godadara and get down at Aaspass Dada Temple Stop. You can alternatively come to Vishvakarma BRTS Junction on canal route and change to Godadara.
    • Nearest BRTS stop is Aaspass Dada Temple BRTS. You will have to walk for about 5 minutes to reach the temple.
  • Auto
    • You get shared auto-rickshaws from Surat Railway Station for about 20 Rs. You can take a direct auto, which will cost you around 100-150 Rs depending on the time of day and your bargaining skills.
  • Online Cab booking
    • You can try to book Ola/Uber online, however most of the times you get a cancellation/over charge request by the drivers as the commute to this area is very less. Plan your journey accordingly.

Below is the location on maps for your ease of navigation and planning.

Be sure to carry cash as most of  the stores/shops don’t have electronic transactions. You may however be lucky to have e-wallet payment options available.

Gopi Talav | Attractions in Surat

Gopi Talav, historical heritage site of Surat , which had lost it’s glory and grandeur, is now redeveloped into a ‘Lake Garden’ with theme zones by Surat Munical Corporation.

History :

Gopi Talav, the water reservoir was constructed around 1510 A.D. by Malik Gopi, who was a leading merchant of surat and cheif vazir of Gujarat Sultanate. It was constructed after the Chalukya style of architecture which flourised during the Solanki Period.

Having a circumference of about one mile (1.5 km) with sixteen sides and sixteen angles. It had steps on each side leading to the surface of water. In the middle of the lake was a small island known as Sakasthala. Gopi Talav was a source of water supply for the population till 1673 A.D. It had a device known as Nagadhara and three Culverts to collect fresh water during monsoon. However with passage of time, the reservoir got totally silted with mud that from 18th century onwards it went out of use.

In 2012, the lake was renovated by Surat Municipal Corporation and the area surrounding it was redeveloped as a recreational facility.

It has various adventures like Zip-line, Boating, Bumper Car, Paintball, Bull rides, Mini Train and Play-area for kids.

There is a step well which is called as chatusmukhi vav, as the step has entrance from 4 sides and is symmetrical from all sides.

The park is open from 10am to 10pm, but the best time to visit would be during the evening after 4pm.

The entry fee is 20 Rs for adults and 10 Rs for kids. There is a dedicated parking facility available near the entrance, which costs 10 Rs for 2 wheelers and 20 Rs for 4 wheelers.


A source of water supply in 16th century, now a prominent tourist attraction.

There are some submersible platforms in the premises which seems to be of a interesting experience during the monsoon.

Outside food is strictly not allowed. There is a canteen within which serves snacks, Chinese items and some sandwiches, which are economical.

There are small seating areas and little shades of greenery alongwith a large amphitheater which would be good gathering place in the evening.

It is a must visit if you are in Surat for a day or two. It’s a good hangout in the evening on a festival season, however you can expect some crowd.

If you are coming by Bus or Auto, then you need to come to Navsari Bazar. The entrance gate is on Kotsafil main road. Following buses run on this route – 116, 126, 153


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