If you don’t know about the existence of this historical monument in India, then you surely must be living under a rock! The Statue of Unity, the world’s largest statue at 182 meters (nearly 597 feet), has become a popular tourist attraction both Internationally and in India.
On October 31, 2018, the engineering marvel was unveiled to honour independent India’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is estimated to have cost Rs. 3000 crores to construct. Planning to visit this marvellous creation this vacation? Then you are at the right place.
Statue of Unity: Visit Timings, Duration, and Tickets
The Statue of Unity is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Mondays, it is closed. There are four types of tickets available:
1. Basic Entry Ticket: It includes access to the Monument, Museum, Exhibition Areas, Projection Mapping display, Valley of Flowers, Sardar Sarovar Dam Viewpoints, and Bus Service, which costs ₹150 for adults and ₹90 for children aged 3 to 15.
2. Viewing Gallery ticket: The Viewing Gallery, which is 500 feet above ground within the Statue, provides a panoramic view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam and its 256-kilometre-long reservoir, as well as the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges on both sides. If you want to see this as well, you’ll need to acquire a Viewing Gallery Ticket, which costs ₹380 for adults and ₹230 for children.
3. Express Entry Ticket: On some days, the place can get crowded and you ought to wait in line for minutes or hours. If you want to skip the line at the elevators when visiting the Statue of Unity Viewing Gallery, the Express Entry Ticket is the way to go. Adults and children’s tickets are both ₹1030. This ticket also includes the benefit of the previous two tickets.
4. Foreign VG Express Ticket: It is only open to international tourists. This ticket, which costs ₹1530 for adults and ₹830 for children, is for all non-Indian visitors from outside India and contains all of the benefits of the ‘Express Entry Ticket.’
Time to Reach and The Best Time to Visit
The Unity Statue is 90 kilometres from Vadodara, 150 kilometres from Surat, and 200 kilometres from Ahmedabad. Though it’s open all around the year, the best time to visit the Statue of Unity is from October to February, when the weather is cooler.
The Best Mode of Transport
You can take any means of transport to reach these cities and then further can take a taxi, bus or train to the exact place. The Statue of Unity is easiest to get from Vadodara, which has both a train station and an airport. You can take a bus to Kevadia, which is the closest bus stop to the statue, and then take a local car from there.
Best Place to Stay
The best place to stay is the Tent City Narmada resort, which is only 3kms away from the spot. It offers free Wi-Fi, free private parking, and access to an indoor swimming pool. All units offer a private bathroom with a shower, slippers, and free toiletries, as well as continental vegetarian cuisine. The other places include the Fern Sardar Sarovar Resort, Ramada Encore By Wyndham, BRG Budget Stay Kevadiya, Hotel Unity Inn, and others.
Itinerary and Other Places to Visit
The Statue of Unity monument, museum, and viewing gallery receive an average of 1 to 3 hours of attention from visitors. But there are so many other attractions to visit near the Statue of Unity that one day will not be enough to see them all; thus, it is recommended that you plan a journey of at least two days to properly explore the area and enjoy your time fully. There’s plenty to see, from boats and helicopter tours to river rafting, waterfalls, riverfront cycling, picnics, and more.
- Helicopter ride, boat trip, and Jungle Safari: A 10-minute helicopter trip will provide you with an aerial perspective of the Statue of Unity; tickets are available on-site for Rs. 2,900 per person, with the chopper taking 5-7 passengers at a time. A one-hour boat trip on the Narmada River costs Rs. 290 per person, while a Jungle Safari costs Rs. 200 for adults and Rs. 135 for children.
- The Projection Mapping Show: Starting at 7 p.m., the Statue of Unity is transformed into an emotional sound and light performance that tells the tale of Sardar Patel and India’s struggle for freedom.
- Get there early on more crowded days.
- Don’t carry food as they are not allowed on the premises.
- Book online & keep a soft or hard copy of the ticket handy.
- Remember to bring the following essentials: a printout of your ticket, a camera, a power bank, an empty water bottle, a cap, an umbrella, sunscreen, sunglasses, and electrolytes, as well as comfortable shoes and a spare T-shirt.
- Be prepared to walk.
And most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy, relax and spend quality time with your friends, family, or colleagues on the trip. Are you excited to visit this place? Plan your trip right away and explore.