The Statue of Unity is a brand-new addition, is now in the bucket-list of every traveler exploring Gujarat. It is a tribute to the Iron Man, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a leading character in the movement of Indian Independence. This Statue is an iconic creation with 182-meter height; therefore, it becomes the tallest Statue in the world. It was constructed in just 46 months of immense effort. However, the world’s tallest Statue was inaugurated on the 143rd birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India.
The Statue is situated on the Sadhu Bet island, near Rajpipla and Narmada river in Gujarat. It is facing towards 3.2 km away from Sardar Sarovar Dam and standing between Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges.
6000 metric tonnes of steel and 7000 metric tonnes of cement were used in the construction of this Statue. All these materials and also the 18,500 tonnes of reinforcement bars make this Statue as an earthquake-resistant structure. It can also resist 50 m/s velocity of wind and vibration. Within the statue premises, visitors can explore the museum and audio-visual gallery to know more about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Most of the visitors love to watch the Laser Light and Sound show.
Things every tourist should know before visiting the Statue of Unity
Visiting timing and duration
Every Tuesday to Sunday, the Statue of Unity remains open from 8 am to 6 pm. The towering structure is not open for the visitors on Monday. Meanwhile, the tourist can roam around 1.5 hours at the Statue of Unity premises. The laser light and sound show start from 7.30 pm onwards except Monday.
Tourist Special Attractions
The travel-enthusiastic people must visit this place at least once when they come for a Gujarat trip. There are other nearby attractions that one can explore from the Statue of Unity.
1. Explore the exhibition hall and museum
The exhibition hall has been arranged on the pedestal of the Statue that showcases Iron Man’s life and his contribution to the movement of Indian Independence. On the other hand, tourists love to watch the audio-visual show. This show displays the Sardar Sarovar Dam and the culture and life of Gujarat tribal people.
2. Don’t miss the Valley of flowers and Sardar Sarovar Dam
The beautiful Valley of flowers has 2,400,000 numbers of plants, which are spread across the Satarupa-Vindhyachal side. Every visitor must explore this colorful Valley of followers. Moreover, from the selfie points or from the photo booths, tourist can take some memorable snapshots.
During the daytime, one can also see the third highest concrete dam, Sardar Sarovar Dam, from the Statue of Unity.
3. Other visiting places
On the specially designed spot in the Narmada river, the tourist can enjoy 1-hour boat rides. Visitors can make their trip memorable by taking a helicopter ride to enjoy full magnificence of the Statue of Unity. Those people who like adventurous activities can do night trekking and experience the nature and wooded surroundings of Kavedia.
How to reach
The Statue of Unity can be easily reachable from the nearest International airports of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Surat, which are connected globally to all major airports. Moreover, visitors can also book a direct bus to the Statue just by connecting with the Gujarat Transport Corporation.
Various range of Tickets
Four types of tickets are available, which can be booked from www.soutickets.in. However, all the visitors should book the SOU ticket online, just to avoid the long queues at the Statue premises. If booking from the online portal, book the tickets one day before the visiting date. Just carry the hard or soft copy of the tickets at the different visiting points of the Statue.
Basic Entry Ticket – The cost of this ticket is ₹150 for adults and ₹90 for the 3-15 years children. It includes entry access to light and sound show, museum, the Valley of flowers, Sardar Sarovar Dam, and Bus service.
Viewing Gallery Ticket – It costs ₹380 for adults and ₹230 for the children. In addition to all the benefits of the ‘Basic Entry Ticket’, this range includes access to the viewing Gallery. The gallery is located 500 feet above the ground, at the chest level of the Statue of Unity.
Express Entry Ticket – The price of this ticket is ₹1030, for both adults and children. It has all the benefits of ‘Viewing Gallery Ticket’ plus the added benefit of priority access to the gallery.
Foreigner Express Entry Ticket – This ticket is only for the foreign guests, which include all the benefits. It costs ₹1530 for the adults and ₹830 for the children.
Safe and comfortable accommodation for the visitors
Every tourist coming from different states to visit the Statue of Unity must be looking for the right accommodation. Here are some choices where they can stay comfortably.
Tent City – Visitors can stay in the Narmada tent city, which is a beautiful resort. It has a wide range of tents with simple or luxurious accommodation. All types of facilities, including 5-star hotel foods, cultural performances, and selfie points, are available.
Shrestha Bharat Bhavan – It is a luxurious hotel located near the iconic Statue of Unity. Visitors can get all types of hospitality and facilities over this place.
Sardar Sarovar Resort – It is one of the international standard resorts where visitors can get the facilities of luxurious rooms, amazing foods, swimming pool, spa, etc.
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Things to follow while visiting the Statue of Unity
- Do not carry any of the food items, as they won’t allow carrying food items inside the Statue.
- Try to visit the place as early as possible during the weekend, if you are on a normal ticket. However, the express ticket holder can explore the Status at 3 pm onwards.
- Try to visit the Statue of Unity between Tuesday to Friday as the crowd is much less than the weekend.
- Visitors can’t bring any cameras inside the Statue of Unity, so don’t bring any cameras with you.
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Till now, I had just heard about the statue on news channels, where people used to debate on why the government spent so much of money on this, and whether this was necessary at all. Today I got to know the details. Very detailed and insightful description, proud of such a marvelous monument in India.