The Statue of Unity in Gujarat has found a spot under the ‘To Visit’ category in Time magazine’s second annual list of the 2019 World’s greatest places, “noteworthy destinations to experience right now”.
Expressing happiness Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to say that the 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel attracted 34,000 visitors in a single day recently.
Excellent news vis-à-vis the ‘Statue of Unity’- it finds a spot in the @TIME 100 greatest places 2019 list.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 28, 2019
And, a few days back, a record 34,000 people visited the site in a single day.
Glad that it is emerging as a popular tourist spot!https://t.co/zLSNmwCKyc pic.twitter.com/7xmjWCz9xo
Dubbed as the world’s tallest statue, is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, free India’s first home minister as well as deputy Prime Minister. Standing tall at 597 ft on an island in the Narmada River, the statue towers over the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat.
The Statue was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary on October 31 last year at a grand ceremony.
It may be noted that it is twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty in New York, 100 times larger than a normal human being, and at 70 feet, Sardar Patel’s face is bigger than the faces of the US Presidents cut out on Mount Rushmore in the US.
Simultaneously, Mumbai’s Soho House also secured a spot under the ‘To Stay’ category in the coveted TIME magazine list.
(Featured Image: Ajit Solanki-AP)