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Plan a Starry Night in Uttarakhand, as stargazing goes mainstream  



Plan a Starry Night in Uttarakhand, as stargazing goes mainstream  

In a celestial collaboration between the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and Starscapes, Astro-tourism finds a new home in the heart of the Himalayas with the launch of “Nakshatra Sabha“. This enchanting initiative promises an immersive experience under the vast covering of stars, blending astronomy, adventure, and nature in the picturesque panorama of Uttarakhand. 

Nakshatra Sabha, meaning “Assembly of Stars”, goes beyond mere stargazing, offering a kaleidoscope of activities tailored for enthusiasts and adventurers alike. From midnight camping to solar observations, viewing celestial objects, space, the physical universe astro photographyy contests, and beyond, there’s much to behold. By providing professional training in astronomy and tourism, the initiative empowers residents to unravel the mysteries of the cosmos, ensuring the sustainability of Astro-tourism while bolstering local economies. 

Astro-tourism, an expanding niche in travel, encourages travelers to gaze beyond earthly horizons and marvel at the wonders of the universe. With a 30-40% surge in Astro-tourism since 2021, India has emerged as a stellar destination for celestial exploration, with Uttarakhand shining bright on the cosmic map. 

Excitement resonates within the corridors of Uttarakhand’s Tourism Department as they envision the state’s ascent as a premier hub for astronomy-focused travel. Blessed with lush forests, captivating landscapes, and a thriving hospitality sector, Uttarakhand’s well-established hospitality sector, including homestays, makes it an ideal location for  stargazers to embark on their cosmic odyssey. 

The collaboration between Starscapes and local stakeholders amplifies this vision. Through training programs and ongoing support, Starscapes has collaborated with local communities, travel and tourism partners, and homestay communities that will play a crucial role in providing training and ongoing support for these initiatives. Their close involvement will ensure the long-term success of Nakshatra Sabha, benefiting both tourists and the local economy alike. 

Stargazing Sanctuaries Across India 

While villages in Uttarakhand like Bhimtal, Kasauni, and Benital have emerged as celestial powerhouses, other corners of India offer their own star-gazing symphonies: 

Markha and Nubra Valley 

Nestled in the Ladakh, Markha and Nubra Valley contains a celestial canvas adorned with the ethereal glow of the Milky Way.  

Spiti Village  

The picturesque village of Spiti Valley, notably Kibber, offers a magnificent night view dotted with shooting stars amidst the hilly terrain of the Himalayas. 

Pangong Tso  

In the remote reaches of Ladakh lies Pangong Tso, a celestial oasis where snow-capped peaks meet the star-studded expanse of the night sky. 

Rann of Kutch  

Gujarat’s Rann of Kutch transforms into a celestial spectacle under the moonlit desert sky, captivating stargazers with its glowing sands and rich offerings. 


The golden sands of Jaisalmer come alive under the glittering desert sky, inviting travelers to lose themselves in the vastness of it all. 

Andaman & Nicobar  

In the middle of the azure waters of the Bay of Bengal lies Neil Island, a haven for celestial enthusiasts seeking peace below a blanket of stars. 

From the snow-capped peaks of Ladakh to the sun-kissed shores of Andaman, India’s diverse landscape offers a celestial playground for stargazers and adventurers alike. As Astro-tourism continues to ascend, let us embrace the magic of the night sky and preserve its splendor for generations to come.