In remembrance of one of the most prominent leaders of India The one and only “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel”. The Indian government made Statue of Unity: World’s Tallest Statue. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was also the first deputy Prime minister as well as first Home Minister of Independent India. The reason behind the name “Statue of Unity” is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He has performed a crucial role to unite all local states and territories of the Indian Union just after its independence. He was the first leader amongst all, who dreamed about not just independent India but United India, too. It was his tireless and extraordinary efforts which moulded more than 562 small provinces with such variety of cultures, languages, religions into one United Nation “India”.
The sculpture pauses the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in traditional Indian clothing “Dhoti and Shawl”. The Statue of Unity facing “Sardar Sarovar Dam” one of the largest reservoir on Narmada river; having exceptional water distribution canal system. This 597ft (180 meters) giant sculpture is built on river Narmada near to the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat state. It is now holding the prestige as the World’s Tallest Statue.
The entire sculpture of the Statue of Unity is divided into 5 major zones. But out of them, only 3 are currently accessible for the public to visit. The first zone is up to shins of the leg from the base of the statue. In this zone, there’s a huge exhibition hall covering 4,647 sq. meter area. Furthermore, here you can find all the details about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s life. His role in the merger of Indian Union and his contribution to the freedom movement against British ruling. The second Zone reaches to thighs which contains a lift. In the third zone, there is a viewing gallery at 153 meters. And 4th Zone is the maintenance area & 5th zone in at the head and shoulders of the status.
The Flower Valley
Besides the sculpture, one of the major attractions at the statue of unity is Valley of Flowers. It is in Kevadiya colony just beside the statue. The location is representing welcoming the visitors from 17 Km long patch of colourful flowers beside the bank of Narmada river. There are more than 100 types of flowers of different colours like A Indian laburnum (Yellow, and Red), Champo (white), Royal Poinciana (Red), Shrubs like Tecoma (yellow), Galtoro (red and yellow), Pongaro (red), climbers (Qualisis, Allamanda cathartica, and bamboos), Boganveliya (white, red, yellow, and pink) Nerium and many more. The entire valley portraits a rainbow on earth.
The laser show usually starts from around 6.45 pm to 7.15 pm IST. This show illuminates the whole structure of the Statue of Unity. Furthermore, this show displays the entire journey of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s life along with his contribution to creating an intact India from different subcontinents is there. , Around 30 minutes of laser show use the statue as a canvas with a mixture of laser lights, graphics, sound. The astonishing way of storytelling using the World’s Tallest Statue as canvas leaves the spectators fascinated. Therefore a total of 51 high-resolution projectors is used in the show which fixed at a distance of 600 meters. It was installed and integrated by Christie Crimson, laser show producer firm from Germany. Besides, its charm; this is the only laser show in India capable to withstand in all weather conditions.
Despite all this, you may experience the jungle safari developed across 1300 acres and seven levels including so many animals such as tigers, lions, bison, rhinos, leopards, giraffes, zebras, leopards, 12 types of deer and antelopes, and other exotic animals. A helicopter ride is also there which can take you on the aerial view of the statue of unity. It is capable to accommodate 5 to 7 persons and gives you a ride of 10 to 15 minutes. You can also experience the river rafting there and also visit one of its kind the cactus garden.