Nakshatra Sabha

Initiating a novel collaboration, the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board has teamed up with Starscapes, a leading astro-tourism company, to introduce Nakshatra Sabha. This innovative venture promises a comprehensive astro-tourism experience, including activities such as stargazing, specialized solar observations, astrophotography contests, and camping under the starlit skies of Uttarakhand's designated dark sky spots.

Nakshatra Sabha stands as India's premier astro-tourism campaign, with the primary objective of inviting visitors from across the globe to behold the marvels of the universe while gaining insights into the unique heritage of Uttarakhand. Moreover, the campaign seeks to advocate for the preservation of dark skies, cultivating a community of ambassadors dedicated to fostering conservation efforts throughout the region.

Nakshatra Sabha is scheduled on May 31st, June 1st, and 2nd, 2024, at the picturesque George Everest in Mussoorie, Nakshatra Sabha beckons adventurers, astronomers, and nature enthusiasts from around the world to embark on a transformative journey of exploration and discovery. With its blend of celestial wonders and cultural heritage, this pioneering event promises to leave an indelible mark on all who partake, offering a glimpse into the boundless beauty of the universe and the rich tapestry of Uttarakhand's landscape.

Nakshatra Sabha Itinerary

Day 1 

  • 01:00 pm -  Check in for guests staying at venue starts
  • 04:00 pm – Brief introduction and tour for media and delegates
  • 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm – Celestial Observation a curtain raiser

Day 2

  • 09:00 am – Inauguration by Chief Guest
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Sun Observation through Solar goggles, Indirect method, Direct Observation and through H-Alpha Filter
  • 02:00 pm – 03:00 pm – George Everest Museum Tour
  • 03:00 pm – 04:00 pm – Geology Session by Expert
  • 04:00 pm – 05:00 pm – Panel discussion on Dark Sky Conversation
  • 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm – Astrophotography Introduction / competition terms
  • 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm – Celestial Show and Clicking Astrophotos

Day 3 

  • 03:00 am - 04:00 am – Early Celestial Sky Observation – Planetary Parade
  • 09:00 am - 10:30 am – Roam and other activities
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am– Rocketry Session
  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm – Astrophotography Winner Rewards
  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm – Participation Certificate to be distributed
  • 01:00 pm  Participants check out

Nakshatra Sabha Highlights

  • Sun Observation through Solar goggles, Indirect method, Direct Observation, and through H-Alpha Filter
  • Geology Session led by an Expert
  • Celestial Show and Astrophotography opportunities
  • Celestial Sky Observation sessions
  • Rocketry Session for enthusiasts to delve into the world of rockets and space exploration
  • Stargazing sessions under the pristine dark skies of Uttarakhand
  • Astrophotography contests for enthusiasts to capture the beauty of the cosmos
  • Camping experiences amidst breathtaking natural landscapes

About Starscapes

Starscapes shines brightly as a leading astro-tourism company, guiding enthusiasts on immersive cosmic adventures under the vast expanse of the night sky. With expertly curated experiences, they transport travelers to remote, pristine locations where the stars gleam with unparalleled brilliance. Whether it's witnessing a meteor shower in the desert, marveling at the Milky Way from a mountaintop, or camping under the celestial canopy of a dark sky reserve, Starscapes delivers unforgettable encounters with the cosmos.

Ramashish Ray, a published photographer and a fervent astronomy enthusiast, established Starscapes in 2015, inaugurating an observatory in Kausani. Paul, under the alias Stargate, assumed the role of CEO in 2019 with the primary goal of fostering and expanding the astronomy community. Amitabh Pandey, a luminary in astronomy education and space science, and a former founder of SPACE, serves as a mentor, academic head, and the visionary driving force behind the progression and expansion of Starscapes experiences. STARSCAPES stands as India’s premier private observatory chain. Kunal Wadhawan, the Head of Product Development, is a dedicated educator who derives joy from constructing models, devising products, and innovating ways to make science engaging. Puran Pandey, an integral member of the founding team, leads as one of the foremost Starguides.

Starscapes Observatory

Starscapes operates observatories in four locations, with three situated in Uttarakhand and one in Coorg, Madikeri. Here are the observatories provided by Starscapes:

Starscapes Observatory, Kausani

In the year 2016, Starscapes Observatory introduced its first private observatory in Kausani, nestled near the Anasakti Ashram within the picturesque Someshwar Range. Under the guidance of welcoming and highly seasoned StarGuides, the observatory offers an immersive experience, boasting an impressive 8-inch computerized GoTo telescope that unveils captivating views of the Universe. Visitors to Kausani can embark on a Celestial Show, a 45-minute journey through the night sky. Explore the moon, planets, and stars while learning to distinguish between different celestial objects and constellations. Delight in capturing images with your favorite constellation as the backdrop. Witness the wonders of the cosmos through the telescope, observing the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae. Additionally, experience the unique opportunity to safely view the sun without causing harm to your eyes. A visit to the Space & Astronomy Museum further enriches the experience, providing hands-on opportunities to grasp physics concepts through activities such as building rockets and cameras.

Location: Starscapes Observatory, near Anashakti Ashram, Kausani, Someshwar Range, Uttarakhand 263639

Starscapes Observatory, Bhimtal

Starscapes Observatory in Bhimtal is the second addition to the public observatory. Positioned adjacent to the Hanuman Mandir on the BhimtalNaukuchiatal Main Road, this site offers guided tours of the celestial wonders. Delve into the mesmerizing beauty of the night sky as you observe the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae through our high-powered telescope. Gain insights into capturing celestial objects with photography lessons. Take home souvenirs from our store to cherish the memories. Experience the unique opportunity to observe the sun through specialized solar filters. Additionally, elevate your special occasions with a private celestial show, complete with personalized selfies or group shots against the backdrop of the Milky Way or the starry sky. Bring your own food and beverages to make it a memorable celebration under the stars!

Location: Starscapes Observatory, Naukuchia Tal Road Dungsil Malla Naukuchia Tal, Uttarakhand 263136

Starscapes Observatory, Mukteshwar

Starscapes Observatory in Mukteshwar, the third observatory in Uttarakhand, started operating in September 2022. Nestled amidst expansive organic kitchen gardens, this observatory offers a magnificent vista of the majestic Himalayas. It serves as an ideal destination for immersing oneself in the tranquility of nature. Indulge in a Spectacular Himalayan View! Witness the breathtaking beauty of the Panchachuli and other towering peaks, all visible from our observatory nestled within lush fruit orchards. Enjoy a refreshing cup of tea while marveling at the glaciers through our powerful telescopes. Embark on a Guided Tour Through the Night Sky. Explore the wonders of the cosmos under the expert guidance of our astronomers. Delve into the mysteries of the universe as you observe celestial bodies through our telescopes. Experience the Sun Through Special Solar Filters. Safely observe the sun's mesmerizing features with our specialized solar filters. Gain insights into the dynamics of our nearest star while ensuring your eyes remain protected.

Location: Starscapes Observatory, 08, Sunkhiya Sargakhet, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand 263132

Starscapes Observatory, Coorg

Nestled in the heart of Coorg, the fourth Starscapes Observatory serves as a gateway to an unparalleled cosmic adventure. Situated near Madikeri town, this sanctuary offers a tranquil, dimly lit setting for an unforgettable celestial encounter. Witness the Sun's Majesty without harming your eyes! Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the primary source of our energy through our telescope and cutting-edge solar filters. Embark on a celestial journey during our 45-minute show, exploring the moon, planets, and stars. Gain insights into the night sky, encompassing its scientific, historical, and mythological dimensions.

Location: Celestial Escapades, 9/8, Vidyanagara, Karavale Badaga, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201

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