Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are! Ever since we were kids stars have always fascinated us. There is nothing more beautiful than looking up at a clear, cloudless night sky decked in millions of stars which look like silver sequins stitched on a dark blue drape. Ever wondered how magnificent it would be if you could just lie down in an open field and gaze at them? Well, this list tells you exactly where to go next to be star struck, indulge in some night photography, and be one with the skies.
Mandarmani, West Bengal
Free from any artificial lights or air pollution the area around the serene Mandarmani, a little known seaside village in Midnapore is one straight out of a fairytale. The soft sound of ocean soothes you, the cool breeze calms you, and millions of stars welcome you. Electricity is not in abundance, which means you will see a lot more stars. Spending an entire night beneath the night sky here is an experience you will cherish forever.
Lonar Lake, Maharashtra
Lonar Lake in Maharashtra is a geo-heritage monument. It is a lake that was created due to the impact of a comet or asteroid. Surrounded by lush forests, the view here brings you closer to those bright stars peppered across the sky. The sight of the Milky Way will take your breath away, and if you are lucky enough, you will also get to wish upon a shooting star. All you need to do is keep your fingers crossed and hope for a sky without clouds, and nature will do the rest!
Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
Sprawled across an approximate area of 7000 meters, the Great Rann of Kutch is another spectacular setting from where you can do some stargazing. As the day ends, the salt on the land seems to rise up against gravity and adorn the night sky with its brightness. Clusters of stars, each twinkling brilliantly, will make sure you have a night to remember.
Neil Island, Andaman and Nicobar
The beauty of the Andaman and Nicobar islands is not unknown to us. The sandy shores, turquoise waters, and the soaring palm trees allure people in large numbers. However, have you tried tearing your eyes away from the waves to look up at the night sky? A colossal canvas painted in blue, the sky is sprayed with white stars that seem too close to the earth. The gentle roar of the waves, the rustle of the palm and coconut leaves, and the jaw-dropping view of the endless blue sky. Who needs anything more?
Katao valley in Sikkim is a small, offbeat spot that is very much off the touristy circuit. Apart from being a place perfect for adventure lovers, it is also a place where you get to enjoy the spectacular view of the stars without any artificial sounds or lights. The high altitude brings you so close to these celestial beauties that it almost feels like you can touch them! If you wish to witness this phenomenon in all its glory, head out at a full moon night, and see the magic.
You cannot but hum along to Chris Martin as he sings, “Cause in a sky full of stars, I’m gonna give you my heart…”
These are just five of the best places to see the stars in their full glory. Get in touch with us at [email protected] to know where else you can plan a star studded trip to. We are happy to help!