Surat, in Gujarat, is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, registering a staggering average growth rate of 11.5% over the last seven years. The city is divided into two by a large moat, and makes for a pretty sight with its many historical buildings.
Surat is best known for its textile and diamond trades. Approximately 92% of the world's diamonds are cut and polished in the city. It shares the title of the textile capital of India with its capital city, Ahmedabad. Surat is currently the 8th largest city measured by GDP, much of which is due to its diamond cutting and polishing expertise, and its practitioners are increasingly confident about finishing larger and more expensive diamonds in the future.
Surat's textile trade centers around its proficiency in producing synthetic textiles. Its trademark Surti dress material can be found all across India. The growing GDP has led to a real estate and construction boom in the city as well.