‘Statue of Unity’ attracting tourists from India & across the globe
• Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world
• Standing at an imposing 182 metres, the man-made statue is visible from space
• Over 1.3 lakh tourists visited within two weeks of the inauguration
• Gujarat ranked 7th in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 list of Top 10 global regions
Goa Khabar: Gujarat Tourism hosted a promotional event in the city at Hotel Vivanta by Taj to announce newer opportunities in the State. Senior officials along with Shri. Kamlesh Patel, Chairman, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL), were present at the event and interacted with media, tour operators and hoteliers during the roadshow.
The roadshow highlighted the enormous tourism potential of the Statue of Unity from a local and global perspective. The 182-metre high memorial to Sardar Patel is the tallest man-made statue in the world and is visible from space. Located on an islet in Kevadiya in Gujarat’s Narmada district, the imposing monument stands 54 metres (177 ft) taller than the previous record holder, the Spring Temple Buddha in China’s Henan province, followed by Ushiku Daibutsu (120 metres) in Japan, Laykyun Sekkya Buddha (116 metres) in Myanmar and Guanyin of The South Sea of Sanya (108 metres) in China.
Shri. Narendra Modi, then serving as Chief Minister of Gujarat, laid the statue’s foundation stone on 31st October 2013. The construction was completed in 56 months and the inaugural ceremony was presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31st October 2018. Over 1.3 lakh tourists visited the destination since it was opened to public on 1st November.
Shri. Kamlesh Patel, Chairman, TCGL said “Statue of Unity has put Kevadiya in the global map, making it the most touted destination of the State. The monument has attracted global media attention which has helped to spread the word internationally. Since the Statue of Unity has become a global iconic memorial, the monument’s popularity has started attracting global audience to the destination.” He also added, “We are ready with attractive packages for travellers that will offer a unique experience at our Tent City Narmada, which is luxurious and encircled with the natures beauty.”
Main attractions and facilities for tourists
Statue of Unity
The inspiring memorial site, with several edu-tainment components, is located between the Vindhyachal and Satpuda ranges rising weir Narmada River, impounded by Garudeshwar, the Sardar Sarovar Dam and the town of Kevadia. The majesty of this grand monument is enhanced by a picturesque backdrop. The fully functional memorial site a Museum & Audio Visual Gallery, a Viewing Gallery, a High-Speed Lift, and a laser, light and sound show, among several other Hospitality & Entertainment elements to commemorate the ideology of visionary Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel through fascinating edutainment.
Shreshtha Bharat Bhavan
The architectural wonder Shrestha Bharat Bhavan has lush plantings along the balconies, linking the building to the landscape and reinforcing its environment-friendly theme. The circular stair hall facing the garden and river creates a special and memorable experience for visitors. There is a huge parking area for tourists. Tickets for visiting the Statue of Unity can also be bought here.
Wall of Unity
The words “Statue of Unity” is written on a huge wall (about 350 ft x 40 ft) on the opposite bank of the Narmada river. The huge Wall of Unity (50 ft x 15 ft) is an icon of national unity and it is built near the Statue of Unity. The soil collected from 1,69,078 villages of different states of India has been used in its construction, symbolizing the unity in diversity.
A huge Exhibition Hall covering an area of 4,647 square meters is provided in the pedestal portion of the Statue of Unity. The life of Sardar Patel, his contribution to India’s freedom movement against British rule and the merger of the princely states is presented through an audio-visual show. The Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, the life and culture of the tribal people of Gujarat and the Sardar Sarovar Dam are also explored through the audio-visual show. This show will give a one-of-its-kind experience to tourists.
Projection Mapping (Light & Sound Show)
The Light and Sound Show using laser lights on the “Statue of Unity” is showcased in the evening from 7 to 8 pm. This show projects the life of Sardar Patel, his contributions in India’s freedom movement against British rule and the merger of the princely states.
Sardar Sarovar Dam
Sardar Sarovar Dam, located on the Narmada River in Gujarat, is the world’s second largest concrete gravity dam which is 1.2 km long and 163 metres high from the deepest foundation level. This dam has the largest water carrying capacity of 40,000 cusecs. The dam has the longest canal network in the world. It has a height of 138 metres, making it a key attraction for tourists and engineers for its marvellous viewpoints and engineering technology.
Various mouth-watering and delicious cuisines are available at nominal rates for tourists. One can also enjoy the view of Sardar Sarovar Dam closely from the food court.
Valley of Flowers
“Valley of Flowers” is on the Gora and Kevadia banks of the Narmada River. Stretched over 17 km on the banks of Narmada River and spread over an area of 230 hectares, with an array of beautiful national and international flowers that bloom round the year makes it a special attraction for tourists.
River Bed Power House
Tourists can also witness the river bed power house which has a capacity of generating 1200 Mega Watt with its 6 Francis Reversible Turbines of 200 MW capacity each.
For continuous flow of water in the river Narmada downstream of the dam, water from Sardar Sarovar Dam is released through Godbole gates. Visitors can now visit this spot to experience the stream at Godbole gate.
Main Canal Head Regulator
The 458 km long Narmada Main Canal is the world’s largest concrete-lined irrigation canal with a capacity of 40,000 cubic feet/second. Annually, 11.7 billion cubic metres of water is conveyed through this canal.
Boating can be enjoyed at a specially designated place on the upstream of the Dam. While one does the boating, they can also enjoy the panoramic view of Satpura and Vindhyachal Hill Ranges.
Tent City Narmada
Tent City Narmada is beautifully placed beneath the shadow of the Statue of Unity. The luxurious nature resort is the perfect getaway for urban travellers who wish to seek a close-to-nature experience away from the fast-paced city life. The rolling hills, lakes, wooded areas and pollution-free air is a big incentive for all.
The Tent Nestlings at Tent City Narmada are luxurious and well-appointed, where five-star food complements the five-star accommodation. There is a choice of packages, starting from quick 1-day getaways to lazy 2-day escapes from the city. For weekends, bunched holidays, occasions, educational trips, or corporate outings, Tent City Narmada is the perfect nature retreat.
The Resort has three exciting accommodation options to suit requirements of all types of tourists – Luxury Tents, Deluxe Tents and Standard Tents, well-equipped with modern amenities.
• Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest at 182m
• Viewing Gallery at 135m – at the chest level – to accommodate up to 200 visitors at one go
• Two heavy-load, glass elevators offering a stunning, panoramic view on the ride up
• A Memorial Garden at the base of the Statue
• Accommodation in Premium AC/Non-AC Tents
• Sightseeing Tour to historic Shoolpaneshwar Temple and majestic Rajvant Palace
• Shopping and cultural delight
• Selfie Point for perfect photos with Statue of Unity
• Delicious regional, Indian and continental cuisines
• Hiking tour to explore ecotourism site
The entry ticket will cost Rs. 120/- for an Adult and Rs. 60/- for a Child. A fee of Rs. 350/- for an Adult and Rs. 200/- for a Child will be charged for accessing Viewing Gallery points. A nominal fee of Rs. 30/- per person would be charged for the bus ride within the site. Express tickets are also available at Rs. 1000/- per person to avoid the long wait at Entry points and the Viewing Gallery.
The Statue of Unity opens at 9 am and closes at 5 pm. Tourists can visit from Tuesday to Sunday. It is advisable to book the tickets online, as only 5,000 tourists are allowed to visit the site each day. These measures have been taken to avoid any kind of overcrowding, maintain the security of tourists and to have a smoother operating ecosystem in place. The tourism board will gradually increase the numbers in the coming months. Most importantly, the Statue of Unity will be closed for the tourists on every Monday for maintenance work.
Gujarat ranks 7th globally in the Best in Travel List for 2019
Lonely Planet has positioned Gujarat in the 7th position globally for their 2019 Best in Travel list. Piedmont, Italy stands at 1st position followed by The Catskills, USA and Northern Peru. These are some of the top 10 regions that Lonely Planet has identified as the preferred destination to visit in 2019. Over the years, Gujarat has gained in popularity in India and now it has become a preferred destination for travellers globally.
Overview of tourism in Gujarat State
Gujarat has immense potential to become a major tourist destination. The gross traffic flow during the year was 326.91 lakhs, which is 13.56% higher than the flow in 2013-14. Recently Rani-Ki-Vav has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Government has put emphasis on event-based tourism for attracting tourists to Gujarat. Navratri Festival, International Kite Festival, Rann Utsav and Tarnetar Fair are organised every year as part of event-based tourism.
Gujarat today offers a wide range of the most spectacular attractions, which includes breath-taking locations and scenic landscapes. Gujarat is also a melting pot of several civilizations resulting in a vibrant culture and a rich heritage. Gujarat is home to unique and exceptional archaeological sites, several architectural marvels and witnesses of its glorious history and pilgrim centres for many faiths. Finally, it is also the land of several mythological and historical figures like the legendary Krishna and Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of non-violence.