11-month after its inauguration amid political controversies, the 597-ft tall ‘Statue of Unity’ has found a spot in Time’s second annual list of World’s Greatest Places 2019. The statue that stands erect on an Island on the Narmada River, in Gujarat is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Besides the Statue of Unity, Mumbai’s Soho House has also been featured in the list.
Excellent news vis-à-vis the ‘Statue of Unity’- it finds a spot in the @TIME 100 greatest places 2019 list.
And, a few days back, a record 34,000 people visited the site in a single day.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 28, 2019
The other places that found a spot in the list are namely, Zakouma National Park in Chad, the Shed in New York City, Newseum in Washington, the Geosea Geothermal Sea Baths in Iceland, Six Senses Hotel in Bhutan, Red Sea Mountain Trail in Egypt, Leopard Hill in Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya and the Pohoiki in Isaac Hale Beach Park in Hawaii.
Statue of Unity
The tallest statue in the world that was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on October 31, 2019, is a tribute to India’s Statesman, who served as Independent India’s first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister. Also popularly known as the Iron Man Of India, Saradar Vallabhai Patel played a key role in maintaining peace during partition and was also responsible for the integration of several princely states. The statue, built at a cost of Rs, 2,989 crores, offers tourists a view of nearby mountains and Narmada River from its chest.
The statue is divided into five zones among which only 3 allow public accessibility. The first zone homes a memorial garden and a museum. The second zone reaches up to Patel’s thighs, while the third continues up to the chest. Zone 4 is the maintenance area while the final zone includes the head and shoulders of the statue.
As of now, several development projects are underway in the statute’s vicinity. Notably, the government is planning to build a world-class Zoo and promote boating activities to attract more tourists. Till now 2.06 million people have already visited the statue, with a record 34,000 in a single day.
Soho House Mumbai
Soho House that has also been featured in TIME Magazine is India’s first Soho House located in an 11-story building, overlooking the Arabian Sea. It homes a library, pool, rooftop bar and a cinema with 34 seats.
“The unique feel comes in the shape of block-printed fabrics from Rajasthan; handwoven cane furniture; environmentally sustainable, sari-coated lampshades; and some 200 art pieces by mostly South Asian artists,” Time said.
As per the Time, factors including quality, originality, sustainability, innovation and influence were taken into consideration while creating the list.
“How does one measure the greatness of a place — in miles covered, dollars spent, or visitors captivated? Such metrics can play a part, but also important is something that many travellers aspire to experience: the sense that one has stumbled upon the extraordinary,” the Time said.