Weekend getaways near Surat. You can plan for visiting this locations with family or friends. Not far from city, these locations provide a serene and natural experience of mountains, greenery or beach. A must have experience and visit if you are travel in and around Surat.
STATUE OF UNITY, KEVADIYA
Tallest statue of the world is located at around 3 hrs of distance from Surat. You can plan a trip to this location over weekends as a day trip or 2 day trip. Narmada Sarovar Dam adds to the entire experience. You can visit this place via train or bus, however it is preferable to travel using private or personal vehicle to get the most of the experience.
SAPUTARA HILL STATION
Another scenic spot close to Surat and the starting point of Western Ghat series, SAPUTARA offers a unique experience of hills, valleys, amusement, trekking, sports and beautiful greenery in monsoon. There are activities like Paragliding, Boating in Lake, Ropeway, Trekking, Various points in the hill station like Sunset, Sunrise and Tiger point. Plan a day trip or a two day trip. Best enjoyed by staying overnight to get the full experience of morning and evening hours.
WAGHAI BOTANICAL GARDEN
UKAI DAM VIEW
UNAI MATA TEMPLE AND HOT SPRINGS
KEVDI ECOTOURISM SITE
PADAM DUNGRI SITE
DANDI SALT MEMORIAL
If you like to experience the dual nature of ocean water, the so called serenity and roaring waves, then you must take a ride of RoRo ferry service operating between Hazira and Ghogha. It is a unique initiative in waterways connecting the seacoast of India. If you are looking to travel from Surat to Saurashtra or anywhere in western Gujarat, then the following post is for you.
RoRo ferry service takes passengers, vehicles and truck from Hazira to Ghogha and return journey. The charges are nominal and provided in 3 classes – Executive, Business and Lounge! All 3 classes are comfortable in terms of journey experience. Food provided is reasonable in price and good in taste. You will find most of fast-food served along with beverages. Adequate facilities available for cleaning, washing and toilets.
You can prebook your seat online and choose your preferred location as per your choice, however the chances are you will end up exploring the “Voyage Symphony” and enjoy the view of water, waves, sky and the clouds. Light music is played in the background which makes the experience memorable. TV are placed at sufficient distance for passengers to enjoy in-room relaxation time.
Total journey time is around 4 to 5 hours either side with loading, checking time being between 45 mins to 1 hour. So if you are planning to board the ferry from Hazira at 8am to reach Ghogha, it may be good idea to reach by 7am or so for a smooth transition from land to the ferry. The approach route from Surat to Hazira port is slightly isolated so it is a good idea to either travel in personal vehicle preferably 4 wheeler or get a private service available before hand.
If you are planning to ride from Ghogha to Hazira and getting down at Hazira in the night, which may be around 8pm to 8:15pm for a ferry starting at Ghogha by 3pm to 3:20pm. You may not find any online cab services like Ola or Uber, neither there is any public transport connectivity like City bus, so you may prior book or make arrangements for pickup. The distance from Surat to Hazira is over 20km and from railway station it is 40km which may take an hour or more depending on traffic so plan accordingly.
Which buses are operating in December 2020 in Surat during Corona.
During pandemic all city buses were not functioning for all locations. Current buses which are operated by City Bus is as below
01 ADAJAN GSRTC CLOCKWISE
02 ADAJAN GSRTC ANTI CLOCKWISE
102 RAILWAY STATION TO MOTI VED
103V RAILWAY STATION EAST TO VELANJA GAM
104 RAILWAY STATION TO VRUKSHLAXMI SOCIETY
105 RAILWAY STATION TO CHIKU WADI
106 RAILWAY STATION TO ABHVA GAM
107 RAILWAY STATION TO VIVEKANAND COLLEGE
112 RAILWAY STATION TO KOSAD GAM
116 RAILWAY STATION TO KHAJOD GAM
117 RAILWAY STATION TO PALANPUR GAM TALAV
136 RAILWAY STATION TO AIRPORT
137E RAILWAY STATION TO VARIAV GAM
153E UMRA HEALTH CENTRE TO KAPODARA
204 CHOWK TO RAJ EMPIRE GODADARA
205 CHOWK TO KANAKPUR
205G CHOWK TO GABHENI GAM
254 SUMAN DARSHAN TO MANGAL PANDEY HALL GODADARA
402 PUNA CANAL BRTS TO PANDIT SHYAMJI KRISHNA VERMA BRIDGE
For the last few weeks, the weather in Surat was getting cooler and cooler during the evening and late night. During the day, the temperature would be as high as 32-34° C however at night it would drop low to 18-20°C
Today on 11 December 2020, there is a surprise visit by rain in Surat. Early morning the weather was cool as usual. It’s raining moderately since couple of hours and the land is moist now. However it’s not raining heavily.
The atmosphere has become scenic and the sun is behind the clouds. It’s very pleasant. Birds are making round.
If you are planning to visit Surat or going around in the city, plan accordingly.
Right to Education (RTE) enables children from poor background to get admission in private schools. Certain percentage of seats are allocated in private schools for poor students who are granted admission via RTE. Applications for which are made online and relevant documents are submitted. This year document verification is done online as well due to the ongoing pandemic.
A total of 25542 applications were received from Surat for admissions to 950 private schools under RTE. Out of them around 70% have been accepted. And results for the same will be announced on 11th September.
1085 applications were rejected as invalid. Other 6626 were rejected due to various reasons. Majority of them were rejected due to documents incomplete or invalid. This year rent agreement was mandatory as a supporting documentation. Notarized or other rent documents were not considered.
RTE enables lot of families to get their children good education. Most of the expense is born by government under this scheme. If you know someone who can get benefit under this scheme or if you happen to be looking for similar opportunities because of your economical background, be sure to check out RTE and share with people who may need it.
RTE link – https://rte.orpgujarat.com/