Expressing great happiness in his latest tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he is glad to know that the Statue of Unity has made it to the Time’s list of 100 greatest places of 2019. He also mentioned that in a day, a record 34,000 people had visited the statue a few days ago and that he is happy to see it growing as a popular tourist spot.
Taking to the microblogging platform, the Prime Minister expressed his happiness over the twin developments - the mention in the magazine's list, and also the record visitors' count.
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
The 'Statue of Unity' is the world’s tallest statue. Located in Gujarat's Kevadia, it has been featured in the second annual list of the magazine's 'greatest places' compilation of 100 "new and noteworthy destinations to experience right now”.
Standing 597-feet tall on the banks of the Narmada river, the Statue of Unity is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of independent India. It looks over the Sardar Sarovar Dam, giving a chance to the visitors to see the nearby mountains.
Another Indian attraction that made it to the list is Mumbai’s Soho House which is located in an 11-storey building, overlooking the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. It boasts of a library, a 34-seat cinema hall and a rooftop bar and pool.
Talking about Mumbai Soho house, Time magazine said that 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.
The list also includes Zakouma National Park in Chad, Red Sea Mountain Trail in Egypt, Newseum in Washington, The Shed in New York City, the Geosea Geothermal Sea Baths in Iceland, Six Senses Hotel in Bhutan that offer guests the opportunity to take guided journeys through the mountains of the Himalayan kingdom, Leopard Hill in Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya and the Pohoiki in Isaac Hale Beach Park in Hawaii.