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Surat Castle | Surat Fort | Heritage Site

Surat is one of the fastest growing cities of Asia. It seems as Surat, is gaining popularity in the recent past in areas of city development, cleanliness, business and trade. However, the history of Surat is richer than it is known for. Surat flourished in the 16th century, equally as it is in today’s time. Surat Fort (Quilla) is one of many heritage sites in the city, which whisper the story of the past silently. You must need good ears and some peaceful time to know and feel the richness of the history of Surat.

The Surat castle is one of the ancient monuments of 16th century existing in the city and bears a significant relevance to its history. However, such a great fortification built to provide the citizens of Surat with an adequate defence against the attacks of the invaders seems to have been forgotten from the minds of the present generation. The Ahmedabad king Sultan Mahmood-III (1538-1554), who was very much annoyed by these frequent destructions of Surat, ordered for building a very strong castle and entrusted the work to Safi Agha, a Turkish soldier who had been ennobled with the title of Khudawand Khan. The work of building the castle was completed in 1546. (source SMC)

A Portuguese traveller named Barbosa during his visit to Gujarat in 1514 has described Surat as a city of great trade in all classes of merchandise, a very important seaport yielding a large revenue to the king, and frequented by many ships from Malabar and many other ports.

The height of the Fort wall was 20 yards and 15 meters wide at each corner there is a large round bastion having 12. 2 meter height and the thickness of the wall was 4.1 meter

Restoration work carried out by Surat Municipal Corporation is going on in full force. Currently the Castle is open for public, with it’s new redefined look and most of the Castle work is completed.

Various Galleries in the Fort

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  • Vault
    • Most stunning find during the restoration process was secret vaults descovered inside the fort. It has a ventilation system through which cold air enters from the bottom and hot air evacuates from the top of the room. It is designed in such a way that these tunnels are not visible from outside.
  • Gallery of Surat Archives
    • In this gallery, historical maps of Surat, timeline of history of Surat and Surat Fort, alteration made in Surat Fort at various time is depicted by various maps, maritime history and various other process of conservation and restoration is narrated by various penal in this gallery. Throne of last Nawab of Surat, Nawab Afzaluddin Khan along with other accessories, model of proposed Heritage Precinct and write-up on various personalities of Surat are represented in various penal in these galleries.
  • British Life Style Room and Travellers to Surat Gallery
    • This gallery has been arranged in such a way that visitors can visit and feel the life style of British people of 17th to 19th century through arrangement of replica of furniture and crockery of that time. Apart from that penals have been exhibited on various visitors visited Surat from 15th century, details on them, their lifetime and what they have wrote about Surat.
  • Rampart
    • In this part of Fort, one side of the wall was built during Sultanate period and other side of the wall was built during the British period. Here in all the windows and doors are giving effect of stained glass which was used in the bygone time.
  • Bastion
    • This bastion has been restored extensively as its dome was long ago destroyed, it was severely affected by the vegetation and roots of trees penetrated deep into the flooring. The bastion also had water channel to flow hot water inside the hammam and drain cold water outside, all these water channels have been restored and is visible to visitors. The fallen off dome has been restored following the same construction technique of Sultanate style, and painted fresco in abstract style depicted Surat city, Tapi river, fortified wall and its gates.
  • Dutch Life Style Room
    • During the Restoration process while removing various layers of plasters from walls and removing falls ceiling, the construction pattern was found in Dutch style, to showcase the Dutch life-style, this portion of the building has been converted into the Dutch Life-style Room, so that visitors can feel the life-style of Dutch people from 18th-19th Century. Replica of various furniture, ceramic-ware and specially designed floor tiles adds charm to the section.
  • Court Room
    • While restoration process was going on, the structure revealed that this place may have been used as court of justice. After restoration the section has been converted as Court-room, with judge table and chair, accused and witness boxes, writer’s chairs and table as well as benches for visitors to get the actual feeling of active court-room.
  • Trade Gallery and Jail
    • Trade gallery and Jail portions were restored by maintain jack-arch roof, wooden roof along with wooden and specially made floor tiles. These portions are now having display of Surat minted coins, trade commodities, trade jars, British ceramic wares etc.
  • Mughal Gallery
    • On the ground floor during the restoration process while strengthening the foundation of building some excavation work was carried out. During the excavation few stone cannon balls in different sizes were discovered, along with it some cast iron cannon balls were also found, out of which some were solid, some with holes and some with ram road were discovered which are displayed here. Apart from these finds, few terracotta pots were found too, which are displayed here, too. There after a carved marble seating area is developed by replicating famous Mughal style, few replica of wooden rum barrels, chest are also carved from wood an displayed in this section. At last in the Armenian Gallery, tomb stones inscribed in marble are displayed.

Ticket Rates and Timings of Visit

  • Timing for Visit
    • Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Ticket Selling Timing
    • Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 04:50 pm
  • Tickets
    • 3 Years to 16 Years       Rs.20/-
    • 17 Years to 60 Years     Rs.40/-
    • Above 60 Years             Rs.20/-
    • Photography                 Rs.20/-
    • Videography                 Rs.100/-

The Fort remains closed on every Monday and few National holidays and major holidays like Dhuleti, Diwali, Uttarayan, Anand Chaudas etc.

Transport

  • Bus
    • Frequent buses from Surat Railway Station run on this route to Chowk Bazaar. Bus No. 106, 107, 108, 127, 137 run on this route.
  • Auto
    • You have to get down at Chowk or Chowk Bazaar. It will cost you around 15-20 Rs in a shared auto (3km).

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Please share your experience in the comment section below. If you know about other heritage sites in Surat and want to share with the world, visit our Contributors section. Surat Castle Information Source : SMC Website

Surat City BRTS Real Time Bus Tracking

Surat Municipical Corporation has collaborated with Google along with the help of Surat Sitilink Ltd and Surat Smart City Development to add real-time information of buses into Google Maps. Now you can see the details of real-time information of buses which will help you plan your journey as well as you won’t be sitting at the bus-stop wondering when the bus will arrive. You can click on the bus-stop you are at and see the buses which are going to arrive, the expected time for those buses and delay.

This feature is available on both Android and iOS apps of Google Maps.



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Cinemas in Surat | Theatres in Surat | Entertainment in Surat

Cinemas in Surat, have grown in huge numbers in the last 2 years. Surat, had always been celebrating the talkies culture, where it started of with small single screen talkies, which were then grown into theatres, with infrastructure aligned to suit the growing culture. In the last decade, the multiplex culture, has taken over the talkies and we see the same impact in Surat.

Currently many major multiplex chains like PVR, Inox, Cinemax, Cinepolis have come up around Dumas Road, Piplod area. Other areas are slowly adopting to the movie going craze in multiplexes. Also to keep up with the competition old theatres like Rupam cinemas are reshaping their infrastructure, facilities and screens.

PVR : RahulRaj Mall, Dumas Road
Inox : VR Mall, Dumas Road
Inox : Reliance Mall, Udhana Darwaza
Inox : DR World, Aiemata Road
Inox : Raj Imperial, Varachha
Cinemax : Iris Mall, Dumas Road, Surat
Cinepolis : Imperial Square Mall, Adajan, Surat
Valentine Multiplex (Dolby Atmos) : Dumas Road, Opp Iris Mall
City Plus Multiplex : Dumas Road
Popcorn – The Grand Bhagwati : Dumas Road
Black Jack Dolby Atmos : Ghod Dod Road, Near Rangila Park
Rajhans Multiplex : Adajan, Surat
Harmony Cinema Dolby Atmos : Bhatar Char Rasta
Ratan Cinema : Salabatpura, Surat
Rupam Cinema : Salabatpura, Surat
Rupali Cinema : Rander Road, Surat
Sapna Cinema : Amboli Karej, Surat
Time Cinema : Galaxy Circle Pal, Surat
Wonder Prime Cinema : Dindoli, Surat
KD Laxmi Multiplex : Kim, Surat
Maadhuram Multiplex : Dindoli, Surat

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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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SURAT BRTS BUS ROUTE 18 – Utran R.O.B. Bridge BRTS TO Railway Station Terminal

BRTS route 18 runs on Utran R.O.B. Bridge BRTS to Railway Station Terminal with 9 stops in between and takes about 20 minutes. This route connects the city with Utran. One can take a memu or passenger train to come from Utran to Surat Railway Station, however the frequency of such trains is very less. You can find those details in our trains section.

BRTS Station
Utran R.O.B. Bridge BRTS
Shree Swami Dayanand Saraswati Bridge
S.M.C. Kapodara Ward Office BRTS
D.G.V.C.L. Urja Sadan BRTS
Shrimad Vallabhacharya Chowk BRTS
Baroda Pristage BRTS
Maangadh Chowk BRTS
Central Ware House BRTS
S.M.C. Varachha Health Centre BRTS
Railway Station Terminal
SURAR BRTS BUS ROUTE NO 18

Surat Sitilink and BRTS is an on-going project by Surat Municipal Corporation. New buses and routes are added frequently. We try to keep the details updated. However if you find any changes or mistakes, do let us know. Also share your experience of Sitilink and BRTS journey in the comments section below. We wish you a wonderful and happy stay in Surat.