You’re not the only one who feels the stars pressing against your window.
I have always had a special relationship with the night sky, the sky in general really.
I love stars, and everything about space. I am shamelessly obsessed with these things. Would this be called Astrophilia? Is there even a name for this intense love for the stars?
Doesn’t that sound a bit absurd and unheard of?
The reason is, we are not used to stargazing.
No, I am not talking about your activity of seeing two-three stars everyday while going back home from work in your car or while looking at the sky from the local train. I refer to that night sky which makes your eyes go wide in wonder and your mind bow in obeisance.
Stargazing has become a great way of finding our answers. Sometimes, they be the path-guide, a birthplace to the existentialist, and a cemetery to the nihilist.
However, we see less of it. Thanks to uncontrolled urbanization and pollution, stargazing today requires a lot of travel.
If the heavens and the universe have always caught your eye, here are some places in India where you can sit down, gaze at the stars, and get lost in their magic.
1. Coorg, Karnataka
Under the pristine beauty and unpolluted from smog, smoke and city pollution, clear night sky is a delight to watch. Constellations, stars and planets are clearly visible for spotting. The clear night skies of Coorg are a delight of any night lover. A night drive in Coorg is all you need to feel like you are up in the heavens, with the stars and clouds above appearing larger than ever.
2. Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Ladakh is the best place for star gazing in India. Nubra valley, in Ladakh will fulfill your stargazing dream with finest view of the sky. Here you can enjoy desert at the average height of 10,000 ft above the sea level. The villages of Nubra like Hunder and Diksit have home stay facilities where you can enjoy the stargazing.
3. Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
This desert mountain valley, Spiti means “The Middle Land” is considered as a paradise for all stargazers. The sky is crystal clear with zero pollution makes this place the most spellbinding places for stargazing in India.This place is 14,000 ft above the sea level. This is an ideal weekend getaway for stargazing and enjoying the nature beauty.
4. Neil Island, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Neil Island is one of the most beautiful Islands of Andaman. This island is lit up by stars in evening and the flourishing forest whispers the wind to embrace your cheeks as you can lie down on the beautiful and clean beach and can gaze the stars.
5. White Desert, Kutch
The Rann of Kutch is the biggest salt swamp in the world. Here you can also experience the strange light effect known as Ghost Light and even you can view the beautiful night sky.
Stargazing is a must have human experience to go through. Why? Because that line about how humans problems seem infinitely tiny in front of the universe is literally true!
Don’t believe it? Go and find out yourself.