To get the best view of the picturesque environs of the Statue of Unity from the observation deck, you will have to shell out Rs 350 per person. Online ticket booking has begun for the Sardar Patel statue.
Designed as a memorial to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Statue of Unity has been thrown open to tourists from 9 am today. Located in Gujarat’s Narmada district, the world’s tallest statue (about 600 feet), is just 3.5 km away from Kevadia town and about 200 km from Ahmedabad. For Gujarat tourism, which already has the Great Rann of Kutch and the Gandhi circuit as big attractions, the Statue of Unity is on its way to being added to the list.
Although lying in a remote corner, the Gujarat government has already started promoting the Rs 3,000 crore statue as a major tourism destination. On an average, 15,000 visitors are expected daily to the site. Since it is double the height of New York’s world famous Statue of Liberty, the Statue of Unity is also likely to draw a decent number of foreign tourists besides domestic visitors from all over India.
Besides the statue itself, there are several other tourist attractions around including the valley of flowers, natural beauty of the Satpura and Vindhyachal hill ranges besides the Sardar Sarobar dam on the mighty Narmada river.
How to book your ticket to the Statue of Unity
If you are planning a visit to the Statue of Unity, then there are two ways to book your ticket — online and on the spot. The entry gates are already open officially from today 9 am.
To get the best view of the picturesque environs of the Statue of Unity, you will have to shell out Rs 350 per person. The observation deck ticket takes you to a height of about 400 feet close to the chest of the Sardar Patel statue using high-speed elevators. This gives you a panoramic view of the entire Narmada river, surrounding hills and dam.
Barring the observation deck, a regular entry ticket costs you about Rs 120 for adults and Rs 60 for kids between 3-15 years. For toddlers under 3, entry is free.
Entry gates are open from 9 am to 6 pm every day. Buses have also been made available for tourists inside the complex. Boat rides will also begin soon. Tourists will be treated to 30-minute laser shows in the evening every day.
If you are planning an overnight stay at the Statue of Unity, then you can also book a room at a 3-star hotel inside the complex.