Statue of Unity
The one who won over British leaders in the Satyagrah of Kheda and Bardoli, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the Bismarck of Modern India, who led the welfare of farmers. He is renowned as the architect of independent India, as he united all diverse 562 princely states to build one great Republic of India. Shri Narendra Modi decided to pay honorable tribute which will be cherished for centuries by the whole world and it will become a matter of pride for every Indian for this great man. Built in less than five years, it is the world’s tallest, grandest and giant statue. It is a tribute to the man who united India, Sardar Patel.
Designed as a memorial to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, The Statue of Unity is open to tourists from 9 am. Located in Gujarat’s Narmada district, the world’s tallest statue (about 600 feet), is just 3.5 km away from Kevadia town and about 200 km from Ahmedabad. For Gujarat tourism, which has already had the Great Rann of Kutch and the Gandhi Sagittarius as the big attraction, the statue of Unity is on its way to the list. During the first 11 days of its opening, the monument has already been visited by around 1.3 lakh tourists.
Although lying in a remote corner, the government is promoting the Rs 3,000 crore statue as a major tourism destination. On an average, 15,000 visitors are expected. In the last weekend, the headcount was over 50,000. Since it is double the height of New York’s world famous Statue of Liberty, the statue of unity is also likely to attract a decent number of foreign tourists besides domestic visitors from all over India.
Apart from the statue itself, there are several other tourist attractions around including the valley of flowers, natural beauty of the Satpura and Vindhyachal hill ranges apart from the Sardar Sarobar dam on the mighty Narmada river.
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