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  • Writer's pictureKamal Pandey

Astro Tourism, Night Sky India

Updated: Jan 2, 2023

Astro Tourism

Astro tourism is any kind of tourism that involves the night sky or visiting facilities related to astronomy like observatories, and combining that with a broader sense of ecotourism where interaction with nature is what the visitor experience is about. Basically, it’s a fancy term for traveling somewhere with the express purpose of stargazing.

Night sky India

The night sky-is the night time appearance of celestial objects like stars, planets, and the Moon, which are visible in a clear sky between sunset and sunrise, when the Sun is below the Horizon.The night sky and studies of it have a historical place in both ancient and modern cultures. In the past, for instance, farmers have used the status of the night sky as a calendar to determine when to plant crops. Many cultures have drawn constellation between stars in the sky, using them in association with legends and mythology about their deities.

Milky way from Ladakh

Ladakh stargazing / Astro tourism was established in 2019 in Maan village in Ladakh and in a few months, nearly 350 visitors looked through their go to Dobsonian telescope to track stars, planets and constellations in Ladakh night sky view. Guides are locals who have been trained in astronomy and taught to use the telescope. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, the Ladakh administration and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council to form India’s first ever Dark Sky Reserve at Hanle in Ladakh.

Coorg milky way

Tucked away in the middle of rainforests that is formed organically with the rugged landscape, Coorg’s night sky, illuminated every night with a sparkling and twinkling stars, are a delight for any Astro tourist. Coorg is a popular destination with diehard romantics who stargaze hand in hand.

Rajasthan night

Rajasthan, India has become the first state to launch the Rajasthan night sky astro tourism in all its districts. Located in the state’s capital, Jaipur itself has four popular venues for Astro tourism:Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, University of Maharaja and Jawahar Kala Kendra. As far as Rajasthan goes, we have Sariska National Park. Just at a distance of 200 Kms from the hustling city of Delhi, this place offers soothing view of Rajasthan night sky view for the astro travellers.

Sky gazing

When talking about stargazing one needs to understand that the key factor is a clear sky.Now for the metro city residents , a clear sky is nothing but a rare dream. The sky is always covered with smog and the stars seem to be non existent.

In order to look for a clear sky, the best locations are either mountains or forest reserves. Both because of having ample of greenery are extremely efficient in clearing out the sky and offer a diamond studded roof for your head for sky gazing.

Please read our other blogs on Leh Ladakh Road Trip

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