Statue of unity is now a known and one of the most famous destination among tourist, historian and a photographer who want to frame tallest statue of the world and a pride of Gujarat tourism. If you are planning for a trip to statue of unity, here is the tourist guide which include ticket price, route map, tent city, valley of flower and other attraction at statue of unity. This will help you to plan your trip accordingly.
Introduction about the Figurine, its Location and Inspiration
The mighty, gigantic, world’s tallest statue is the figurine of the greatest Indian leader Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. This Statue of Unity is the tribute to the Iron man of India on his 143rd birth anniversary. It depicts India’s first home minister in a traditional dhoti and shawl standing up high with a marching posture with deep gratitude and elegance.
This archaeological marvel, Statue of Unity stands on the river island known as Sadhu Bet, facing the Narmada Dam in the Gujarat state of India. The project of Sardar Patel Statue of Unity was started on 31st October 2014 and got completed on mid-October 2018. It was inaugurated by Prime minister of India, Narendra Modi on 31st October 2018 in the remembrance of the great leader.
Construction & Comparison with the other Taller Statues over the World
The Statue of Unity is constructed with steel framing, reinforced cement concrete and has bronze cladding. It took nearly Three thousand workers to complete this project. A renowned company named Larsen and Toubro took the charge to construct this mighty structure. It cost nearly 3050 crores to complete the structure.
The statue stands upright in the 58 meter long base and the height of the statue is 182 meters. Thus making the total height of 240 meters including base. The statue can withstand wind velocity upto 60m/s, vibrations and earthquakes.
Top 6 Tallest Statues in the World are:
- Statue of Unity – 182 meters
- Spring Temple Buddha Statue -153 meters
- Ushiku Daibutsu Statue in Japan – 120 M
- Statue of Liberty – 93 m
- The Motherland Calls- 85 m
- Christ of Redeemer- 38 m
Tonnes of raw materials was required for its construction. “Statue of Unity Movement” was started which aimed in collecting irons and mud from the farmers nationwide, as a donation of their used farming instruments, for constructing this statue; as Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel always worked for the betterment and upliftment of the farmers.
Why is it known as the “Statue of Unity”?
After the Independence of India in 1947, it got very difficult to unite all the 562 Indian provinces as one nation, as there was much diversity amongst them. The Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, requested Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel to take in-charge of the home ministry of India and unite the provinces to transform India into one big nation.
Sardar patel ji, by his intelligence and dedication, united the country once again and thus his statue got its name “The Statue of Unity”.
Troubleshooting while Construction
As the Gold glows in heat… This marvel statue of Sardar Patel too had to face many criticisms while construction on various grounds like finance, wastage of land, political criticism etc by various groups of people. But overcoming all those hurdles, it finally made its way to the platform.
What more to see at the Vicinity of this Mighty Statue??
The statue of unity stands on the small island at the banks of river Narmada with the alluring view of Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges at the background.
The statue – The gigantic Statue of Unity is a wonder in itself and is worth seeing. Each leg of the statue has 2 lifts which can carry 26 people to the top in just about 30 seconds.
Viewing gallery – At 135 meter height, inside the statue, is situated the viewing gallery. As the name indicates, it gives a wonderful view of the Sardar Sarover Dam, it’s reservoir and the tall mountain ranges. This gallery has the capacity to accommodate 200 guests at a time.
Valley of flowers – This flower garden is situated in the front of the statue. It is spreaded in 250 acres of land. It has more than 100 varieties of plants. Thus making the view near the statue more pleasing and full of life.
Wall of unity– It is made from the mud collected from the lakhs of the villagers from their farms, across the country.
Selfie point– It is constructed keeping in mind the passion of all the selfie lovers, which gives the good view of the statue and the beautiful surrounding.
Laser light and sound show– this show for the audience, highlights the works of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel in the unification of India as a nation.
Museum and audio-visual gallery– Dedicated to appreciate the works of Sardar Patel towards his country.
Bridge – it connects the island harboring the statue, to the mainland. It can be bypassed by opting to go by boat.
Other attractions– 3star hotel for the tourists, shopping center, research center and tent city at Sardar Patel statue complex.
How to reach and ticket price to witness this graceful figurine?
Ahmedabad to Statue of Unity route is very well maintain and can be reach within 3 hours 45 minutes via Vadodara. Here is the exact map you can follow:
You can also take an alternative route via Champaner to explore Pavagadh-Champaner archeological park which is UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must visit place around.
Statue of Unity Timings – It can be visited any day of the week from 9 am to 6 pm except Monday.
Ticket Booking and Price to visit Statue of Unity – it can be booked either on spot or online via official website (soutickets.in). Here is the brief about ticket price to visit statue of Unity.
Observation Deck View:
- Children below 3 years of age get a free entry.
- Children between 3-15 years of age are charged ₹200
- Adults are charged ₹350 per person for viewing observation deck, valley of flowers, Sardar Patel memorial museum and audio- visual gallery, Statue of Unity site and Sardar Sarovar Dam.
- Additional ₹30 will be charged per person for bus transportation service
- Children below 3 years of age will get a free entry.
- Children between 3-15 years of age are charged ₹60
- Adult are charged ₹120 per person with all the above places excluding Observation deck.
- Additional ₹30 for bus charge
The Statue of Unity will not only remind the people about the contribution of this great man to unite this nation but will also inspire the people in terms of academic, historical, national and spiritual values for ages.
Long live such Great leaders… Long live their efforts…!!