Stargazing or observing astronomical occurrences is one such experience that no one would want to miss. Many astronomy geeks would be ready to travel anywhere across India to experience the same. For others, you need a good spot that offers stargazing as well as sightseeing.
If you have plans to organize a stargazing event, there are certain things you need to look after while selecting the place:
- No light pollution: To ensure clear and natural visibility
- High altitude & open space: To avoid any blockage of trees or mountains in the view
- Weather: Choose places that have clear weather throughout the year
Another tip for the event is to keep the dates near to the new moon. It assures that moonlight doesn’t infringe on the natural visibility of the scene.
To reach high altitudes, ensuring safety is also a concern. Rajput Holidays is one such travel agency in India to help you with the same.
Let’s find out the top places in India for stargazing or astronomical observations
1. Rann of Kutch
The most western part of the country, Rann of Kutch, one of the largest salt deserts is an exceptional place in Gujarat to witness stargazing. Throughout the day, you can enjoy camel rides in the open space, take a stroll in the market, etc. At night, it seems as if everything has taken a still. The sparkling night sky, stars appearing as mirrors, and milky way hugging the horizon. They scatter their shimmers over the white desert and makes a heart-stirring view
2. Spiti Valley
though stargazing is a throughout year experience but visiting Spiti valley in winter is for the brave hearts. To enjoy stargazing at this place at its fullest, plan a trip from July to October. This time the sky is clear and so is the environment. It assures no disturbance during the observation. Here, you will encounter infinite stars, the night sky, milky way, etc. There is a possibility that you may see shooting stars and prevailing planet for the month
3. Nubra Valley
One of the cliched places for stargazing is Nubra valley in Ladakh. Being one the biggest town in the district, this place has a large expanse, least population, less traffic as well as light pollution. All these are beneficial in providing a wider view of the sky. It also allows you to camp under the starry sky where you can immerse yourself in its dark beauty, glittering lights and the milky way
The name of this place is itself translated as Meadows of Gold. Therefore, during the day you can witness the fascinating beauty of white mountains with a hint of sunshine that appears as Gold. Whereas, at night these mountains lay a flawless frame for the arc of the milky way. Because of the high altitude, it gives a view of the space and other planets through a telescope. You will be amazed by the fact that even the ancient Ladakhi poems have mentions of such astronomical observations to enhance the beauty of Ladakh at night
Also known as the skeletal lake of Uttarakhand is situated 16,500 ft. above sea level. It has zero light source and therefore, known as the darkest place in the state, ideal for stargazing. During the day, you can trek in the area. In the eve, arrange your astronomy equipment and prepare yourself to experience the breath-taking view of the starlight, night sky, milky way and maybe shooting stars
Explore the above-mentioned places for some exquisite astronomical observations.