Uttarakhand Tourism announces India’s first Astro Tourism Campaign

Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, in collaboration with Starscapes has recently unveiled “Nakshatra Sabha”, what has been described as India’s pioneering annual astro-tourism initiative, a first of its kind.

The campaign is designed to offer a holistic astro-tourism experience with a plethora of activities including stargazing, special solar observations facilitated by solar telescopes, astrophotography contests and immersive camping experiences under the stars, in various sites and locations picked for this very purpose, with a curated itinerary.

Scheduled to kick off in early June at George Everest in Mussoorie, Nakshatra Sabha will continue until mid-2025, featuring a series of immersive events at various locations across Uttarakhand. These events will explore potential night sky sites in districts such as Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh, Nainital, and Chamoli, along with seminars and webinars led by experts in the field.

UTTRAKHAND astro tourism

In addition to offering local residents professional training and skill development opportunities, the campaign seeks to boost local economies and advocate for preserving night skies. By fostering a community of ambassadors dedicated to dark sky conservation efforts throughout Uttarakhand, Nakshatra Sabha will work towards implementing a region-wide dark sky preservation policy over the coming year, reported Business Today.

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