Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences is a popular tourist attraction of Nainital. This institute is perched on the Manora Peak and is located at a distance of 9 km from Nainital. As a centre of astronomical studies and astrophysics, it offers an opportunity to observe planets and stars on clear nights through sophisticated telescopes (with prior permission).
The institute was established in the year 1955 and was shifted to its current location in 1961. It has been responsible for carrying out several researches in stellar, solar and theoretical branches of astrophysics. Besides, it also serves as the centre of optical tracking of artificial satellites.