The world’s tallest statue- Statue of Unity finished its two years of standing tall this October 31st. Inaugurated on October 31st,2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been witnessing a massive number of footfalls since it was inaugurated and now is amongst the most prominent tourist destinations in Gujrat and now even all over India. On the 143rd Birth Anniversary of the nation’s first Union Home Minister and the deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, this statue was dedicated in his honor to the nation.
So far there has been a total tourist footfall of around 26 Lakh at the Statue of Unity as disclosed by the Gujarat Tourism Department. The money earned with the sale of tickets is over Rs 57 crore and all this is just between November 1, 2018 to September 12,2019.
The statue is a whooping 182 metre tall and has been constructed to pay tribute the legendary Sardar Patel also known as the Iron Man of India. Sardar Patel was the main behind ensuring that 562 princely states were a part of Indian Union post-Independence. The statue is situated on the river Narmada on the Sadhu-Bet islet and is around 3.5 Kms south of Sardar Sarovar Dam. It is conceived as a natural depiction of Sardar Patel in walking pose in his characteristic garb. The statue rises out of a star shaped base which covers the entire Sadhu Hill. There are two vertical cores in the structure which has high speed passenger elevator. It also has a viewing gallery at the 135 m level which can accommodate up to 200 visitors at a time and offers a breath-taking view of the dam and the surroundings.
This Statue has overshadowed most of the prominent tall statues like the Ushiku Daibutsu in Japan which stands at 120 metre, Spring Temple of Buddha in China which stands at 153 metre, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil which stands at 38 metre and Statue of Liberty in US which stands at 93 metre.
If you are planning to visit the statue, you even have other attractions there like the Museum, exhibition hall, wall of unity, sound and laser light show, tour of Sardar Sarovar dam and its Dykes, tour of valley of flowers, helicopter ride, boating, trekking in Zarvani Eco Tourism area, sightseeing of shoolpaneshwar sanctuary and the historical temple and many more.