Plush new avenues merging into narrow winding alleys, flanked by quaint locales and bustling city markets; Navsari takes you by surprise by the sheer energy and vivacity in its every aspect. Drowning in the rumble of its busy industries and lively neighborhoods, the city is enriched with a resplendent and multicolored culture
It is influenced by the numerous rulers of different descents and backgrounds who have ruled the city over the years. Located on the southern coast of Gujarat, it is renowned as the settlement of Parsi community, who migrated to the city in the 12th century. Due to its resemblance to the Sari region in Persia, they named the city Nav Sari, meaning the new Sari. Navsari, with its inviting warmth and colorful culture, is undeniably disarming.Homeland of the Parsis, Navsari is a great place for exploring the community’s cultural roots and heritage. A walk through some of the city’s old neighborhoods gives you a peek into the locals’ lifestyle. The old structures here, like the Parsi Vad, are worth visiting for their beautiful and unique architectural style. The Atash Behram, a Zoroastrian pilgrimage, is one of the most sacred sites for the community. The memorials of eminent figures such as industrialist Jamshedji Tata, and freedom fighter Dadabhai Naoroji, who called Navsari home, are also worth visiting.Much like its twin city Surat, Navsari is a major industrial and shopping hub. The local markets are great places to shop for fine quality textiles and beautiful diamond jewelry. A specialty of the city, juicy mangos and chickoos are not to be missed. Simply wandering about the iconic market places like Mota Bazaar and Textile Market is in itself an exciting experience.Local transport becomes especially important in Navsari given the nature of its criss-cross lanes. However, the local auto-rickshaws who know their way around the city, are a perfect solution to this. You can find an auto-rickshaw in any part of the city, for traveling within Navsari. Government operated state transport buses are available for traveling along the main routes and important areas in and around the city. Private cabs can also be hired.Navsari experiences very hot and humid summers that may not be suitable for traveling or sightseeing. It is better to avoid traveling to the city during this season.While shopping at the local markets, make sure to bargain well as the prices quoted are usually a lot higher than actuals
Navsari is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Surat at a distance of 28kms.
Airports: Surat Airport
There is no regular trains to Navsari from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Surat which is located at a distance of 28kms.