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The Statue of Unity is a magnificent statue of the Iron Man of India and Indian freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950). Sardar Patel served the country as the First Deputy Prime Minister of India.

He played an essential role in leading India to freedom. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (originally Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel) was born in Nadiad of Gujarat in India. He integrated the provinces of India into an Independent Indian Nation which were under British colonies.

The Sardar Patel Statue is located in the state of Gujarat, India. The Statue of Unity is built at a height of 182 metres(597 ft), thus becoming the tallest statue in the world. The iconic statue is situated in the proximity of Narmada River and Sardar Sarovar Dam.

About Statue of Unity

Previously, the Spring Temple Buddha of Henan Province in China held the title of the world’s tallest statue. The Spring Temple Buddha statue stood at a height of 153 metres excluding base.

In India, Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami statue was the tallest before the erection of Statue of Unity. Located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India with a height of 41 metres (135 ft), the statue of Lord Hanuman is the second tallest statue in India.

The entire height of the Statue of Unity is 240 metres (790 ft). The base of the statue is 58 metres (190 ft) high and the statue of Sardar Patel is 182 metres (597 ft) tall above it. The height with number 182 m denotes the count of seats in the legislative assembly of Gujarat.

The Statue of Unity is comprised of five zones. The first zone extends from the base of the statue to the height of the statue’s shins. This zone has a memorial garden and a museum. The second zone heads up to the thighs of the statue.

Next is the third zone channelling into the viewing gallery at 153 metres elevation. Ahead of the third zone is the fourth zone, kept for maintenance area. And the final or fifth zone occupies the head and shoulders of the statue.

Out of the five zones, only the first, second and third zones are accessible or open for the visitors. The area inside each of the legs of the statue, made by concrete towers has two elevators.

How to Reach Statue of Unity

Nearest Airport to Statue of Unity- Ahemdabad Airport, Gujarat is about 190 kilometres away from the site. From the airport, one can hire a cab or use state transport to get to the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue.

The other closer airports are Surat International Airport, Surat, Gujarat and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Nearest Railway Station to Statue of Unity- Vadodara railway station is the nearest railhead to the Sardar Patel statue. From there, one can book a cab, an auto or use State transport. The other closer railway stations are also at Surat and Ahmedabad.

The nearest bus stop to Statue of Unity is in Kevadiya.

Location of Statue of Unity- The Sardar Patel statue is located near Kevadiya town in Gujarat, India which is 3.5 km away. It stands on the Sadhu Island of the Narmada River. Also, it is 3.2 km downstream of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.

The site of the statue is around 200 km away from Ahmedabad, 150 km away from Surat, 219 km away from Gandhinagar, 380 km away from Rajkot and 414 km away from Mumbai.

Visiting Statue of Unity

Timings & Tickets of Statue of Unity

The Statue of Unity welcomes visitors from Tuesday to Sunday between 8 am to 6 pm. It is closed on Mondays for maintenance. Tourists and visitors can avail tickets at either Shreshtha Bharat Bhavan or SOU Ticketing Centre between 7:30 a.m to 5:30 pm.

The entry ticket of Statue of Unity is Rs. 120 for adults and Rs. 60 for children. With this ticket, one can view the statue, the museum, the valley of flowers, memorial and Sardar Sarovar Dam.

To have the view of the surroundings that is visiting the observation deck has a different price. The ticket price including the entry and observation deck is Rs. 350 for adults and Rs. 200 for children. The observation deck is at an elevation of 400 ft.

Attractions at Statue of Unity

The Statue of Unity is the main attraction. Then there are exhibition hall and museum inside. There is also an audio-visual show playing history of Patel, freedom movement and about the attractions around.

Visitors can enjoy the Laser Light Show and Sound Show from 7:30 pm onwards daily except on Mondays.

Also, the visitors can go around and take a tour of Valley of Flowers, Sardar Sarovar Dam, Shoolpaneshwar Sanctuary and Temple. One can enjoy boating, helicopter ride and bird watching here.

Statue of Unity One Day Tour

(Ahmedabad to Ahmedabad)

Leave from Ahemdabad at around mid-night to reach the Statue of Unity early morning. Have your breakfast before heading to sightseeing and later get your tickets for the entry at the unity.

Explore the statue of unity till noon & then have your lunch en-route Nilkanth Dham Swaminarayan Temple, Poicha which is a 40km drive from unity.

Visit the temple and enjoy the vibes till sunset, after that head back to Ahemdabad, you ll reach Ahmedabad by 10 or 11 PM.

This tour can have an add on of one day tour of Ahemdabad as well, which itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DM us to know the best offers available for this tour at the moment, we can suggest you a perfect travel plan.

Also Read: UNESCO World Heritage Sites In India (Updated 2020)

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By Abhishek Saraswat

Abhishek (@himalayan_gypsy) is a travel photographer and blogger known as Himalayan Gypsy over the internet. Academically from an engineering background and born the Himalayan valley of Dehradun, he found himself in love with nature and ever since he has been on a journey to travel India and showcase the beauty of the country through his pictures, motivating and encouraging people on the go to feel the same and also take responsibilities to conserve our rich heritage, culture and environment. He is a Certified Digital Marketer and a Travel Influencer who is efficient to create visually appealing content for Travel Brands, Property Owners, Cafes and other Product Shoots. He also specializes in running Facebook & Instagram Ad Campaigns for Brand Awareness, Brand Promotion and Online Reputation Management.

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