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Narmad House | Surat Heritage Site

Narmad Dave was a poet, philosopher, writer, social reformer and one of the first of his kind in Surat and Gujarat. He is prominently called as Kavi Narmad, for his spectacular work of composition – Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat – a poem, later adapted as the state song of Gujarat.

Narmad was born in Surat and later moved to Bombay. When he came back to Surat in the mid 1800s, at around the same time he started working as a teacher, he composed many of his works. He built Saraswati Mandir in 1866.

Surat Municipal Corporation, took over the task of renovating this heritage site in 2015, as with other projects it has undertaken and shaped into a beautiful museum. Located in the centre of city, inside the residential colonies, this place is very quite and very appropriate for someone in search of inspiration for arts, literature, history or just peace.

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The museum is very simple, clean and serene place, with 2 floors. The ground floor houses Narmad’s bust with details of his birth and death date. It also contains various daily newspapers in English, Hindi and Gujarati. There is a sitting area for public to sit and rejoice the facility. Various weekly and monthly magazines are also available for reading. On the 2nd floor, there are books and novels, written by Narmad and historic sequencing of his life, some pictures and books.

Often a traveller goes around the world, to find about who he is, but sometimes, it is right within the city, where you can find rich history shaped and often visiting such places, you envision the journey of a time traveller and meet the people and culture of past, with new eyes. Narmad House is one such place. If you want to experience the beauty of this place, please try to spend some quite 30 minutes without wondering about another bucket list on your instagram profile, you will cherish the experience.

Timings : 8 am to 8 pm on regular days.
( On Mondays and public holidays – 8 am to 2 pm)

HERITAGE SITES NEAR BY


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Surat Clock Tower | Attractions in Surat

Surat Clock Tower is going to complete 150 years of construction in 2021. Yes it is one of the oldest monument and architectural piece in the city of Surat. It was constructed in 1871 by Khan Bahadoor Burjorjee Merwanjee Fraser at the cost of Rs 14000 in the memory of his father Merwanjee Hormusjee Fraser and for the convenience of the inhabitants of Surat. Standing at around 80m high, it is one of the tallest structure in the vicinity even today.

Currently it is not accessible for public to go inside but however the outside view is mesmerizing and makes you wonder about the Craftsmanship and design of the clock that is visible from corners even today. It is one of the first thing you will come across while travelling from Surat station towards Bhagal, a popular shopping area. The glazing beauty of clock tower makes you want to keep looking at it from various spots.

The clock is in perfect working condition, unfortunately only a few realize that the clock is of such old history.

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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.

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

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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.