BHANDARDARA : Date With The Universe!

Tripoto
8th Dec 2018
Photo of BHANDARDARA : Date With The Universe! by Venu bairi
Camping Under The Dazzling Sky

A perfect one day getaway just 164 kms and 3 hours away from Mumbai.

Day 1

Bhandardara is comparatively an untouched, less commercialised spot and a quiet village on the outskirts of Igatpuri.

Sunset view by the lakeside

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A road trip. A boat ride. A camp site. And starlight.

Sky Full Of Stars

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Stargazing

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It was an overnight sky-gazing event where we spent our night camping at lakeside under the stars, Got to know this beautiful universe and its wonders,

Telescope to view of planets, Stars and Galaxies

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Got mesmerized by telescopic views of Planets, Stars, Galaxies and much more.

The Shooting Star

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The highlight of the Night was Geminids Meteor Shower.

The Geminids are a meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a "rock comet" orbit. This would make the geminids only major meteor showers not originating from a comet. The shower is thought to be intensifying every year and recent showers have seen 120–160 meteors per hour under optimal conditions.

Make a wish

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We woke up at 5 am again to see Jupiter, Mars, Venus and a crescent moon aligned and the milky way on the other side. It was the most magnificent sight I had seen ever. It was humbling to realise the scale of our universe and how minuscule we were.

Date with the Universe

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Day 2

Early Morning Tent View

Photo of Bhandardara, Maharashtra, India by Venu bairi

After a good 2-3 hour nap, woke up to this amazing view to see the sunrise.

Photo of BHANDARDARA : Date With The Universe! by Venu bairi
Photo of BHANDARDARA : Date With The Universe! by Venu bairi

If anyone is interested on the 13th & 14th December 2018, the Geminid showers are happening across the Indian skies, take your car, drive off to a dark location with more sky and less lights and watch the showers of the geminid asteroid at midnight. Take in a little magic :)

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