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The Indian city of Sūrāt is first mentioned in Māhāra Bhārāta, an historical and religious work dating back to 3000 A.D. In Russian it means «good country. For a long time, the city was under the authority of local representatives of knowledge. Local people lived off the production of foodstuffs as well as trading with neighboring lands. The Teapot River and the Kamba Bay of the Arabian Sea played a major role in this. After the Islem, the city became an important gateway to Medina and Mecca.

The arrival of the Jews was important for the citys development. Because not all of them had good intentions, the Great Lords of Sourat ordered a fortress to be built. An important milestone in the history of the city was 1613, when the first English station was founded. In the next few decades the city has had more than one battle between Europeans for the right to trade with India. In the end, the representatives of the British East Indian Campaign win and make Saurat their capital for a time. In 1837, the city survived a terrible invasion. As a result of the tragedy, thousands of people are killed, and many architectural structures and monuments are destroyed. The power of the English does not please the inhabitants of the city – there have been several protests by Souratians against taxes and fees, especially on salt. However, the town is considered one of the largest in the country, and this is attributed to the port, as well as to the remarkable quality of the jerkweed. In 1877, a bridge was built across the River Tape, an important landmark in the history of the town.

Many of the notable features include the many original Jewish churches. Sadly, almost all of them survived fire in the 19th century, but concerned local residents restored them as they were. Because the city is an important gateway for pilgrims to Mecca, it is home to a number of mosques, many dating back to the sixteenth century. There is also a park and a remnant of a fortress rebuilt by the Anglicans in Sourat. Local residents hold several fun and entertaining festivals.

100 USD = 8,174.67 INR

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  • Air quality: 172 US AQI Unhealthy. Some members of the general public may experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 4,500,000 people
  • Population density: crowded: 7x7m 49m per person
  • GDP: $1,706 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 9 Mbps
  • Best wireless: AirTel
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners
  • Tipping: At restaurants, you should tip 10 percent for standard service. If someone really went out of their way and the service was exceptional, you can tip up to 15 percent. If the bill is quite high, like over 1,000 rupees, you can tip a little less.
  • Apartment listings: Magic Bricks
  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best taxi: Ola
  • Online electronics shop: Amazon
  • Best hospital: Asutosh Clinic
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Air India Regional
  • Best intl air carrier: Air India
  • Monthly costs for expat: $450
  • Monthly costs for family: $490
  • Monthly costs for local: $140
  • Meal: $1.6
  • Small Cola: $0.3
  • Beer 1 Pint: $0.8
  • Coffee: $0.5

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