Just 5 Hours From Delhi, This Is The Best Place In India To See The Geminids Meteor Shower Tonight

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A meteor shower will light up the night sky coming Friday, making it a breathtaking spectacle. The Perseids meteor shower will be visible on August 12, when the planet drifts through the densest part of Swift-Tuttle’s trail. The meteors will start to streak around mid-to-late evening north of the equator and around midnight south of the line.

So, on the next Friday morning, leave from Delhi and camp at India's secnd darkest place. This place is called Astroport, and it is the best place to spot the meteor shower. Being the second darkest place in India, it offers a breathtaking view of the sky, with great opportunities for night sky observation and an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Photo of Just 5 Hours From Delhi, This Is The Best Place In India To See The Geminids Meteor Shower Tonight 2/2 by Aakanksha Magan
Day 1

We reached Astroport around 12 in the afternoon, after 6 hours of driving from South Delhi. We were welcomed in a traditional Rajasthani manner, with folk music, tika on the forehead and a glass of cool roohafza. It was only March, but it was boiling hot by the time we reached. We were taken straightaway to our tent, but to call it this would not be fair. Yes, it did look like a tent from the outside, albeit a little unorthodox, but from the inside it's furnished just like a deluxe suit in a 5 star hotel. Each tent had two large double beds, a couch, two cupboards, a microwave, a mini-fridge, an electric kettle, two air conditioners, two large standing fans and a huge adjoining bathroom. It was full of luxury and we couldn’t help but just lie in the beds and sleep the tiredness of the drive away. We settled in, took a bath and then were informed that lunch was served. Lunch was a simple vegetarian affair, but delicious. We were told during our lunch that most of the vegetables are grown in their kitchen garden, on premises. After lunch, we retired to our rooms again for a while because it was too hot to do anything else. As soon as the sun started sinking we were taken on a round of the whole property. They have two organic gardens and they grow everything from tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers to bottle gourds and brinjals. After that, we were shown the in-house cow shed. The cows are a source of dairy products consumed in the resort.

After that began the magic of Astroport. As mentioned previously, this camp is built in one of the darkest spots in India and as soon as the sky darkens, you can see millions of stars coming out one by one. And that is what Astroport is all about – STARS! Our first evening started with an introduction to some basic astronomy and how to identify constellations in the sky. Even though I know we were taught these things in school, this was, for sure, not how they taught us. It was fun to just lie in the grass and look up the starry sky, trying to figure out what stars were shaping up to be. We were also given a small lesson on astrophotography. After that the telescopes were brought out and we got to see the moon in full glory. The entire experience was great and made us feel like scientists from NASA exploring space.

The greenhouse where they grow most of the vegetables. Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Astroport Space, Tehla, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

Their are plenty of flowers and medicinal plants that grow on the property. Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Astroport Space, Tehla, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

Peacocks can be found everywhere. Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Astroport Space, Tehla, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Astroport Space, Tehla, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

A starry affair! Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Astroport Space, Tehla, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

A shot taken of the moon via the telescope. Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Astroport Space, Tehla, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan
Day 2

At 5am in the morning, we were up and ready for the jungle safari. The resort booked the jeeps for us and we were off to see tigers in the wild. Sariska National Reserve is 5km from the resort, a drive of about 20 mins in the jeep. Besides tiger, the reserve has many other wildlife species such as sambhar, nilgai, wild boar, spotted dear, leopard, striped hyena, langurs and others. But the one animal that dominated the reserve was the peacock. There are hundreds of them and you can spot them everywhere – atop poles, on trees, crossing the road! We spotted many of these peacocks as soon as we entered the reserve. But the first animal we spotted was a sambhar deer. He was majestic and it looked like he was posing for us! The next one hour of the jungle safari was the most exciting as we spotted a leopard! The beautiful cat was spotted far away by our guide and he pointed him out and we could see the beast just sitting on a rock, lazing, probably enjoying the early morning sun. We were told that tigers are easy to spot, but a wild leopard in Sariska had been spotted after two years. Lucky us! After that it was a ride through the rest of the jungle, seeing spotted deer go past us and nilgais munching on some breakfast. We came back from the safari at around 11am and had a hearty breakfast. The next activity we did was something that I had never even heard of! We gazed at the sun through the telescope! The telescopes’ lens was covered with a special filter and we could see the blazing sun. It was the hot ball of fire in the sun, glowing all yellow and orange. Post that we had a light lunch and then retired to our tents for the afternoon. Evening was filled with a nature walk around the resort and stunning sunset views.

Such a poser - Sambhar Deer Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar, Ganeshpura With Rundh Kali Ghati, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

A leopard in it's natural habitat! Again - what a poser! Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar, Ganeshpura With Rundh Kali Ghati, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

A peacock, about to cross the road. Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar, Ganeshpura With Rundh Kali Ghati, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

Nilgai, munching on some breakfast. Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar, Ganeshpura With Rundh Kali Ghati, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

Spotted deer, posing for the camera. Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar, Ganeshpura With Rundh Kali Ghati, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

The deer again, now busy eating. Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar, Ganeshpura With Rundh Kali Ghati, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

Peacocks in this area can be found in most interesting places. Credits: Aakanksha Magan

Photo of Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar, Ganeshpura With Rundh Kali Ghati, Rajasthan, India by Aakanksha Magan

The second night we discovered some more constellations and were given some cool gadgets that enhanced our star gazing experience. We were introduced to some apps such as the Star Chart and Sky Map, that helped identify the constellations and stars more clearly.

On the morning of the third day, we had another hearty, healthy breakfast and left for Delhi. The weekend was enriching and relaxing and educational as well.

Distance to Astroport from Delhi: 220km

Distance to Astroport from Sariska Tiger Reserve: 7.5km

Cost of accommodation: 11,500/night for a tent that sleeps upto 5.

Cost of jungle safari: Rs. 6000 for the jeep

Experiencing astronomy: Free!

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Mon 07 31 17, 23:09 · Reply · Report
This place is totally ridiculous ,we reached this place in the early morning and there was no one to even open the gates and finally staffs doesn't have even courtesy to offer water ,although they knew that we coming from delhi after a long drive and we are tired , they don't have any communication neither telephone nor electricity even they don't have any payment mode , u need to carry hell lot of cash prior to commencement of your trip because u can't even find an ATM within the radius of 15 - 20 km ,they will not entertain you until or unless u throw money to them , after seeing this kind of casual behaviour from the staffs we were not in a mood yo stay and pay such a huge amount this pathetic services and asked about safari and there reply made me laugh that they have to call the jeep from outside and that too will take 1-2 hrs .and the charges was 7500 not 6000 and this is very expensive as compared to other jungle safari , we even asked them to just show us the rooms and they furiously refused without thinking a second and didn't even allow to have a look around just in case we may plan to stay even if the auro was good. seriously the review is totally misleading people ,this is not at all the place which is described above either they may have been treated well just to lure the review on tripoto .for me i would never recommend anyone to go to this place even they are offering for free. for a simple breakfast it was 950 per head.i t was very in convenient to reach there very unsafe for the night crawlers and family.last but not the least ,it was not at all expected from the site like tripoto to just give review like this ,as we had many expectations .
Fri 05 12 17, 03:09 · Reply (4) · Report
thanks anand
Mon 07 31 17, 23:08 · Report
Dear Mr. Anand, We regret for the Inconvenience. I would like to inform you that as per the policy of Astroport, we do not accept any direct walk-in customers. All the bookings are to be prior confirmed and informed. We work for Quality Services and strictly adhere to our Policies. In future, for any booking related information you can directly call 9278767700 or write to us at reservation@astroportindia.com. Thanks !!
Mon 05 15 17, 22:05 · Report
Hi Anand, It is unfortunate how the resort treated you. However this was a personal experience and not written as a review for the resort. When I visited with my family, we were treated in a very welcoming and nice way and that is why I have written this review. I really have no response to why they treated you like this as this place isn't owned by me or anything. I visited it, loved the facilities and the treatment and therefore wrote about it.
Fri 05 12 17, 19:05 · Report
Thanks anand to let us know about the place as I was planning to go there with my family but after ur review I should go somewhere else and also anand may be it's paid review from the property.
Fri 05 12 17, 03:49 · Report
Good to know about this Facility. Just one Safari is enough ?
Tue 05 09 17, 01:40 · Reply (1) · Report
You can go for Safari as many times as you wish! We were lucky enough to spot a wild animal on our first safari itself. In Summer months, Safari timings are from 6am to 9.30am.
Tue 05 09 17, 20:32 · Report
ASTROPORT is indeed one of its own kind. An Adventure plus Astronomy based experience Camp offering to EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE, ENGAGE & EDUCATE..!!
Mon 05 08 17, 22:20 · Reply · Report