India, Sept. 11 -- India has chosen the world's tallest statue, the Statue of Unity, in Gujarat as its "wonder" for an ongoing tourism campaign of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), an eight-member China-led security bloc, according to people aware of the development.

The 597-feet tall statue of former deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was nominated as India's choice for 'Eight Wonders of the SCO' after the Prime Minister's office's approval, the people added.

It was chosen ahead of three options the Union tourism ministry initially suggested for nomination as India's wonder - the UNESCO world heritage sites of Hampi (Karnataka) and the Ajanta caves in Maharashtra and the iconic Taj Mahal, which is among the most re...