Inaugurated on November 1, 2018, the Statue of Unity towering up to 182-metre located in Narmada district of Gujarat has attracted more than 1.28 lakh visitors within just 11 days of vacation season.
The Statue of Unity is built on the banks of Sardar Sarovar Dam of Kevadiya in Narmada district of Gujarat and the gigantic statue that towers up to the height of 182 metres honours India’s “iron man” Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The 182 metre tall humongous structure is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US and also breaks the record of the Spring Temple Buddha of China and Ushika Daibustum of Japan to make the world’s tallest statue. The staggering structure was built at a cost of Rs 2,989 crore and is expected to add to the momentum that Gujarat tourism has gained in past few years.
The Statue of Unity was inaugurated by PM Modi on October 31 and opened its gates for people since November 1. Within just 11 days of opening, the gigantic structure has attracted more than 1.28 lakh tourists considering the festive holiday season. The largest rush was seen during weekend and as many as 50,000 people visited the place on Saturday and Sunday (November 10, 11) alone. The Gujarat Tourism and local administrators said that they are ready to welcome any number of tourists and believe that the Statue of Unity will attract more national and international tourists to the state than ever.
The hot-favourite tourist spot is the gallery inside the statue located at a height of 135 metres and can host 200 people at once and is a perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the backwater lakes of river Narmada. However, getting all the way up there would be a challenge as the three lifts installed inside the statue to reach the gallery can only take up 5,000 people per day – so if you are visiting in upcoming few days, make sure to reach earlier. In case you don’t make it to the top, you can stay at one of the two tent cities created along the backwater lakes of Narmada, enjoy the unique stay and attempt getting up in gallery the next day.