Visiting Statue Of Unity – A Tribute To Iron Man Of India
You haven’t visited the king of all statues—the Statue of Unity yet? It’s time to visit the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue this Diwali vacation. The contribution of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to the Indian independence has been immense. The ace leader is particularly known for uniting all the diverse 562 princely states to build the Republic of India. And so, the Statue of Unity is truly a tribute to the iron man of India.
Did you know that you can see the statue from at least 5 km away? Know more about the Statue of Unity and its attractions here.
Boasting a height of 182 meters, Statue of Unity is the tallest in the world and a spectacular superstructure. It is almost double the size of the Statue of Liberty in the United States.
Padma Shri and Padma Bhusan awardee Ram V. Sutar Ji is the man behind the design of the grand statue. Made up of about 70,000 tonnes of cement, 18,500 tonnes of reinforcement steel and about 6000 tonnes of structural steel, over 3000 workers and 200 engineers worked tirelessly to build the spellbinding statue.
Loha means Iron in Sanskrit and Hindi and Sardar Patel is known as Lauh Purush or the Iron Man of India due to his iron will, which resulted in a United India. To commemorate his iron will, Loha campaign was launched in the country.
Under the campaign, farmers and villagers of the country were called to donate their used iron tools and soil for the making of the statue. The campaign proved to be a huge success and the government received over 1,69,000 kits.
You have many things to do when you visit the Statue of Unity, the newly popular tourist attraction. Below are some of the things to do in and around the Statue of Unity premises:
The 182 meter height of the statue will hit you hard when you would be looking at it standing right below the statue. Narmada river surrounding the statue gives it an even soothing and pleasant view while gently energising the body. Also, the iconic monument can withstand wind speeds of up to 60 metres per second! You can see the light and sound show from 7.00pm to 8.00pm wherein laser lights are flashed on the statue showcasing the contribution made by Sardar Patel.
Built near the statue, the wall of unity symbolises national unity. The 50 by 15 square feet wall is made using the soil sourced from the villages of India from the Loha campaign. So, the wall with the soil from across India brings India together just like Sardar did during our independence.
In the advanced museum near the statue, know about the struggles and sacrifices Sardar Patel went through with pictures, graphics and a 15-minute film. Through audio-visual shows, witness the life of tribal people of Gujarat, the construction of the statue and the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
Spread over 17 kilometres and 230 hectares, the beautiful and colourful valley of flowers has an amazing varieties of flowers you can see. A special selfie point with the display ‘I am in Valley of Flowers’ lets you capture the memories of your visit.
Near to the Valley of flowers is the Sardar Sarovar Dam, another engineering marvel and one of the largest concrete gravity dams. The 1.2 kilometre long and 163 metre high dam can be seen from the viewpoint.
This massive statue is a tribute to Sardar Patel’s contribution, determination and dedication towards India. It will keep the image of Sardar and his role in uniting India live in the minds of generations to come. Visit the Statue of Unity this Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Jayanti with your family and have an experience of a life time.