After spending considerable time at the ISKON temple, we headed to our next destination that was the famous Dutch Garden
of Surat. We called our taxi and started towards the garden. It didn’t take long to reach there.
The Dutch Garden or Dutch cemetery, as it is also called as, is an admired tourists attraction place of Surat. It is situated near the Kataragam Gate, which is very near to the main city. This Dutch Cemetery is popular for its antique mausoleums that are built in remembrance of Dutch and British officials who came to Surat and settled here for business. These mausoleums of Dutch memorials are significant with their notable massive Domes, striking pillars and enormous galleries. The Dutch Garden is also marked with beautifully landscaped gardens of aged English and Dutch cemeteries. These cemeteries can be easily distinguished by their unique architectural appearance.
The garden is well maintained and has an awesome landscape. Sanvi cheered loudly as soon as we entered the Garden. There were many people, mostly families with their kids who were enjoying the
enormous gardens in the pleasant weather. We roamed around the place.
Then we saw a massive mausoleum which was of Baron Adrian Van Reede, as we got to know from the description written there. He died here in 1691. We also visited the very old original port, a place from where the ancient ships sailed to other distant parts of the world. That was a main attraction sited near the Dutch Garden. We also explored the old English factory and the Anglican Church. That was an interesting visit.
We were strolling around the garden and Sanvi was running from one end to another, making sure that we were at a reachable distance from her. The huge tombs of the cemetery were expressing glory
and pride and we felt like we were unconsciously offering our prayers to those people whose souls were resting in the cemetery ground, in peace.
We spent around two hours at the place. As it was getting time for lunch and Sanvi was also tired, we headed towards our hotel.