The Statue Of Unity is the world’s tallest statue standing at 182 meters (597 ft). It is located in the state of Gujarat near the Sardar Sarovar Dam. The statue depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the man responsible for the integration of various princely states into the Union of India. In this article, we will see how many people visit the Statue of Unity annually. How does the visitor count compare with the Taj Mahal? Let’s read.
How many people visit the Statue of Unity annually?
When this colossal statue was being built, there were questions raised about whether it would be able to recover its construction cost. Whether people will visit the statue located on the outskirts? The statue has fared very well in terms of visitor count. In the first year after its inauguration in 2018, the landmark attracted around 2.8 million (28 lakh) visitors.
- In 2021, over 3.4 million (over 34 lakh) people visited the statue.
- In 2022, over 4.6 million (over 46 lakh) people visited the statue.
- In 2023, over 5 million (over 50 lakh) people visited the statue.
Statue of Unity vs Taj Mahal
The Statue of Unity has been compared to the Taj Mahal from the start as it became an instant success. Many people think the statue will beat the wonder of the world in terms of number of visitors. It has not yet done so. But again, the landmark is just a few years old.
Taj Mahal attracts between 6 to 8 million (60-80 lakh) visitors annually. The Statue of Unity is slowly catching up. It will not be a surprise if it matches the Taj Mahal in terms of both visitor count and earnings. May be it will beat the Taj Mahal.
(Also read: 15 interesting facts about Gujarat)
The Statue of Unity has helped hundreds of people living in nearby villages and towns. A large tourism industry has developed around the structure. There are plenty of good food options. People visiting the Statue of Unity can also check out the nearby valley of flowers, Zarwani waterfall, Sardar Sarovar Dam, etc. There are other fun activities as well like boating, rafting, helicopter ride, jungle safari, etc.