In the midst of pollution and dust, to find stars twinkling in the sky at night is a rare sight for the city dwellers. We barely get a chance to experience and discover natural beauty. Don't you feel the need to get away from our dreary life in this concrete jungle and head out to a place where you can sit and gorge on great food under the clear sky with beautiful stars staring back at you. If you are seeking out a similar getaway, here's where you should be. We've got our first stargazing resort located in Rajasthan called Astroport Sariska.
Astroport Sariska: The Star-Gazing Resort
Quietly nestled between the Aravalli Range in Alwar district of Rajasthan and the Sariska Tiger Reserve is a small district called Tehla which is just a five hour drive from Delhi. Astroport Sariska is a place for astronomy enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is believed to be the first Space and Astronomy themed resort and activity centre in India and also South Asia. The resort was founded by an astronomer and wildlife enthusiast Sachin Bhahmba.
According to Sachin, "Astronomy has always been fascinating. It is not only about star-gazing but experiencing the other aspects of the universe while enjoying good food and staying amidst the silence and the sanity here." All the ingredients used by them are grown organically on the premises promoting a healthy lifestyle. They also share information about food in space like how it is made, what all foods are eaten and how astronauts manage to eat. If you have been curious to know what all they do to survive up there, then this place might just give you the answers. During the day, you can also visit their organic farm and learn how fresh food is grown there.
They also have an astronomy camp with modern telescopes and other astronomy-related equipment for their guests. They organize various workshops and educational programmes to learn more about the universe while enjoying the view of the Milky Way streaking through the night sky. Since it is an astro-port, entertainment and learning go hand-in hand, so you can expect lessons in astro-photography, DIY telescopes, sundials and even zodiac signs. Not just this, other attractions also include treks, birdwatching, rock climbing, jungle safari, village tour and yoga and aerobics classes. If you are looking for a quick weekend gateway, what could be more enjoyable than spending it under a blanket of stars?