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The city of Bardoli in Surat has a rich and dense history that is associated with it; and contrary to popular belief, the significance of the city is not just limited to its history. The city also owes much of its reputation to its scenic beauty and heritage as well. Bardoli is considered as a significant tourist destination in Surat, which is frequented by numerous visitors throughout the year, especially devotees of Mahatma Gandhi. What particularly intrigues and interests visitors is the historical context of the city. Modern times witness Bardoli as a beautiful beach destination which is quite popular in the tourist community for its beauty and culture. Ideal for a short picnic, this destination also has a wide variety of local street food to offer, which will make your visit here worthwhile for sure.
Bardoli is located at the extreme eastern end of Surat and is a famous city and also one of the vital satellite towns of the Surat Metropolitan Region. In the years 1921 and 1922, Gandhiji had launched a protest movement against various policies initiated by the British Government. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel then led a similar protest in Bardoli. This protest is widely known in the Indian freedom struggle history as the Bardoli Satyagraha.
Surat is undoubtedly a beach lover's paradise, and Bardoli is yet another feather in that cap. The scenic beauty of this destination is an illustration of the indigenous flora and fauna. The crystal blue water and grainy beach sand of this place make up for beautiful sights, and the sunrise and sunset here are magical.
The year 1925 saw Bardoli suffering from floods and famine, as a result of which crop harvests plummeted, and farmers faced significant financial troubles. At the same time, the government of the Bombay Presidency decided to raise the tax rate by 30%. This resolution left the farmers in a fix.
Despite numerous petitions and requests from various civic groups, the government refused to cancel the tax rate rise. The farmers barely had enough money to eat, let alone to pay the taxes, and as a result of this situation, the Bardoli Movement was launched. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, also known as the Lion of Gujarat, led this movement. Even Gandhiji joined this significant protest later on.
This tremendous historical movement that originated in Bardoli, and later set the example for similar other campaigns to follow, is what lends the town a different class altogether and makes it a popular tourist destination.
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