Although only one thing remains of the 7 wonders of the world today – the Great Pyramid at Giza, mankind does not stop and continues to create more and more man-made structures and monuments that can rightfully be included in the list of modern wonders of the world. The relay to create the highest monument was picked up by the Indians. They did not spare the forces and means to stand out against the background of other countries and piled the 182 meter Statue of Unity, and if you consider the pedestal, the height will reach an impressive 240 meters. To understand how tall this Statue is, take for comparison the Statue of Liberty in the USA with its height of 93 meters and the largest pyramid in Egypt – the Pyramid of Cheops, whose peak is located at an altitude of 136 meters above the ground. It is obvious that even the ancient Greek “father of history” Herodotus would have been amazed at the monumentality of this Statue.
The monument itself was erected in honor (and depicts it) of one of the leaders for the independence of India – Vallabhai Patel. It is located on an artificial island in the middle of a dug reservoir.
The construction of the Statue took almost 5 years from 2013 to 2018. The height of 182 m was also chosen not by chance and corresponds to the number of seats in the State Legislative Assembly where the Statue is located.
The cost of building the Statue together with infrastructure facilities amounted to 411 million dollars. However, a huge number of tourists must compensate for this amount.
Getting to the territory of the monument is easy: tickets are available both on site and can be ordered online. For 350 rupees you can get to the observation platform, the Valley of Flowers, the Vallabhai Patel Memorial, the museum, etc. The entire tourist complex is open from 9 am to 5 pm.
The observation deck is located on the chest levels of the monument at a height of 153 meters, and there can be up to two hundred tourists there at a time. You can climb there by two elevators, which are located in the middle of the monument.
The distance to the Statue itself is about 3.5 km, but it can be overcome by boat on the lake.
Vallabhai Patel, to whom the monument was erected, died in 1950 3 years after India gained independence. He is credited with preserving the state, which could be divided into hundreds of small principalities according to religious, linguistic or ethnic characteristics of the population. Patel itself is also called the “Indian Bismarck”.
In India, a lot of places attractive for tourists, and this monument will only increase the already considerable influx of travelers who want to get into the country. But it seems the Indians are not going to stop there. So in 2016, the first stone was laid for the construction of an even larger monument. If it goes on like this, then it will be India that will hold the lead over the highest monuments for many more decades.
Much has been done for tourists here. Here is not just a statue in the desert, but will erect a whole complex, where even the most demanding tourist will have something to do and see.
On the territory of the complex there is a 3 star hotel, a supermarket and a science center. Light and laser shows are also arranged for tourists, so it will not be boring for sure.
Some information about transport. The nearest airport is 90 km away, called Vadodara. You can get from the airport to the sights either by taxi or by public transport.
If you do not want to stay at the hotel on the territory of the complex, then this can be done in Rajpippla – the nearest town, which is located 25 km from the monument.