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Akshaya Patra Foundation |NGO in Surat | Providing Mid-Day Meals to SMC Schools and Anganwadis

Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation working towards providing mid-day meals to the kids of government schools and government-aided schools.

In a country like India, where families living on low-income budget find it difficult to provide proper shelter, food and healthcare to all the members in the family, it becomes extremely difficult to provide education to their children. Often in their condition of financial background, they tend to put their kids out of school to work in one way or other. Fortunately there are so many government and government-aided schools, which provide them opportunity to find a means of education completely free, however the major gap which most of such socio-economically weak families face were to provide food to their kids. To abolize the need for hunger and eventually reduce the drop out rates from schools, Akshaya Patra Foundation provides meals to kids in such schools.

What started as a small dream in Bengaluru in 2005, soon rose to other parts of the country and reached Gujarat and then Surat by 2012.

Akshaya Patra’s Surat kitchen was inaugurated on 15th February, 2015. This is a centralized kitchen serving over 1 lakh students from over 350 Nagar Prathmik Sikshan Samiti (SMC Schools) and nearly 100 Anganwadis. They also provide nutritional supplements to the kids in Anganwadis and ensure a balanced growth is provided to them as per their age group. Many other snacks are provided as well per their daily schedules.

Around 39 specialized vehicles run across the city to deliver quality and fresh meals to schools and anganwadis. They operate in shift mode and are tracked by GPS to ensure timely delivery. Currently from this kitchen, delivery is provided in two slots of 9:30 am -10:00 am for schools running in early hours and at 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm for schools which operate during noon hours.

Surat’s Centralized Kitchen is Serving Wholesome Lunch to Over 1 lakh children in 350 Schools and 100 Anganwadis via Mid-Day Meal Programme

Some of the features which give a glimpse to the operational standards, efficiency and capacity of Surat’s Centralized Kitchen Facility :

  • Steam generation for cooking from boilers capable of producing 2 tons of steam per hour
  • Roti making machine capable of producing upto 40,000 rotis per hour
  • Seven stage rice cleaning machine
  • Upto 5,000 litres per hour of water generated for cooking using Reverse Osmosis
  • High capacity machine for vegetable cutting
  • Food grade oil tank capable of storing 17,000 kg of oil for almost a month’s operation
  • Usage of almost 6,000 kg of rice, 5,000 kg of wheat flour, 4,000 kg of pulses and 8,000 kg of vegetables every day
  • Implementation of quality tools like Kaizen, 5S, Lean, GMP, GHP and Six Sigma
  • Implementation of ISO 22000:2005 standards in the kitchen operations

To provide quality food to kids from socio-economically weak families studying in government schools is such a noble and generous cause. It only fills your heart with lot of admiration and inspiration after you come across such human act and cause.

To know in detail about Akshaya Patra Foundation : Visit here.

If you want to contribute to this cause, visit Donations page.

If you would like to volunteer in any form : Volunteering in Akshaya Patra Foundation

Surat Centralized Kitchen Facility Address :

Plot No. 55, Bhagyodaya Industrial Road,

Behind D R World Mall, Near Saptarshi,

Bhagyoday Industrial Estate, Parvat Patiya,

Surat, Gujarat 395010

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


Visit our page about Attractions in Surat, to know about other such places.