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Surat has good train and bus connections; both stations are on the eastern edge of the city centre. Private buses off-load you about 50m from the railway station. An auto-rickshaw ride into the centre costs Rs30–40. The tourist office (Mon–Sat 10.30am–6pm, closed 2nd & 4th Sat of month; t 0261/347 6586) is on Athugar St in Nanpura, as is the State Bank of India. Finding a room can be hard on weekdays, so book ahead. To the right of Sufi Baug, the street opposite the entrance to the station, Embassy (t 0261/744 3170, w http://www.embassyhotelsurat.com; Rs1201–2000) is a stylish mid-range hotel: rooms come with carpets, bathtubs and TV. Budget travellers should head to the busy Omkar (t 0261/741 9329; Rs301–500), eighth floor, Omkar Chambers, Sufi Baug, which has unfussy rooms with views over the city. Most of the big hotels have quality restaurants; try Copper Chimney at Lords Park Inn on the Ring Road.

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