All of us would have learnt and sang the nursery rhyme, 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', and we all love to see these little stars twinkling all night. It seems like an impossible task now, because of the multiple high rise buildings and not to forget the mobile towers!
Many of the astronomical activities like flying comets and falling stars can be witnessed with our naked eyes, provided the pollution at the place is zero.
Else these activities can be witnessed only through high-end cameras. But the satisfaction that you get when you see them with your naked eyes is pure bliss, which the cameras don't give you.
The question arises now, where do we find such a place? To name a few such places are Ladakh, Spiti Valley and other places around this terrain. Reaching to these places, often one would require a nice and deep pocket and not that burns a hole into yours.
Well, we think we have found an answer to this which is Uttarakhand, easy on pockets and gives you a spectacular view of the night sky. We bring you 10 such locations where you can witness these astronomical events.
1. Chaukori, Berinag
This small hill station is famous for its attractive landscapes and the scenic view it offers with the Nanda Devi peak in the background. The sunrise and sunset views from this places are something which cannot be described.
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Unlike other hill stations, in this charming little town one can get the fabulous view of the night sky which is filled with millions and millions of stars. It would simply sweep your feet away.
2. Kuari Pass
Situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, this pass is extensively used by the local shepherds. It gives the richest view of the Himalayas, with its imposing and scenic presence that can be witnessed both at day as well at night, leaving the trekkers spellbound.
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This pass is known for its view of the Milky Way Galaxy, on a no moon day or after the moon set, which adds on to the beauty of the dark sky.
3. Majkhali, Ranikhet
Majkhali is located at a distance of 12 km from Ranikhet town. It is well- known for its natural beauty and also for the famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. There are a lot of picnic spots around the place.
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Many astrophotographers head towards Majkhali, often during the summer months to capture the full arc view of the Milky Way. The golf course is seen as one of the best spots to catch the beauty of the dark sky.
Also known as Skeleton Lake at an altitude of 16,499 ft above sea level, with almost no light in the area, it makes it one of the ideal places to capture the beautiful sky.
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It is also one of the best trekking destinations in Uttarakhand, which makes it more interesting and attractive during the night.
Mukteshwar gives a distinctly visible 180-degree view of the Himalayan range. The place remains unpolluted and unaffected till date, which makes it even better to catch the night sky filled with stars and shooting comets.
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The place becomes a romantic location to simply gaze at the stars and not worry about anything else.
6. George Everest Peak, Mussoorie
One of the most visited places in Mussoorie is the George Everest Peak. It gives a panoramic view of the city of Dehradun.At night time the beauty of the places goes up to a whole different level with the slow winds blowing and carrying a cup of nice hot tea under the blanket of countless stars is an experience undescribable.
7. Deoria Tal, Ukhimath
Deoria Tal is an emerald lake, at an elevation of 2438 m above sea level. During a clear day, it offers the visitors with the reflections of Chaukhamba peaks on its crystal clear water.
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It also gives a spectacular view at night, when the sky is full of stars.If it is a full moon night it adds on to the beauty of this place.
8. Kedarkantha, Uttarkashi
Kedarkantha trek delights you with a windy trail through the rich forests, snow covered trails with patches of green and the meadows which are used by the shepherds during the summer.
Amidst the pine trees, one can simply sit and look up to see the night sky filled with stars twinkling at you.
9. Munsiari, Pithoragarh
Also known as Himnagri, it falls under one of the darkest places in the state which is apt to catch the night sky. The place also offers beautiful scenic landscapes in addition to the spectacular night view.
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With the Panchachuli Peaks forming a wonderful background, what unfolds in front of you is something truly magical.
One of the most popular and beautiful hill stations that is located in the Kumaon region,is one of the best places to catch the night sky as well. It is also the city to have the largest telescope in the country which is attached to Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES).
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The Manora peak which is about 9 km from the main city, is the place to capture the magic that unfolds in front of your eyes.