No one knows pain like an astro-enthusiast who is stuck in Delhi and cannot see a twinkle beyond the city's thick blanket of smog. If you're a Delhiite who is guilty of watching sky-map apps or youtube videos of shooting stars way too much, I have good news for you. This December, you can watch an intense meteor shower with AstroWanderer without travelling all the way to the hills. Curious? Read on to find out more.
The Geminids meteor shower is going to be the most spectacular astronomical phenomenon that has occurred in 2018. It has been predicted that during this shower, about 120 meteors will be visible every hour! Sounds like a dream come true, right? This extravaganza of meteor showers will begin on the night of December 14, 2018.
How You Can Watch It:
AstroWanderer, an organisation that focuses on astro-based travel experiences is organising a brilliant event where you can observe the shower with the help of best equipment, under the guidance of professional astronomers. This event will take place in the darkest site of Sariska, one that has no traces of light or pollution. Sariska is a National Park located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan which is about 200km (5 hours) away from Delhi. There's no other place at closer proximity to the capital that could provide a more conducive environment for sighting the meteors, so grab your seats right away!
The event will take place on the nights of December 14 and 15, 2018 as this is the time that the showers will be most apparent in India. AstroWanderer offers an ideal itinerary that has packed in a short-getaway from Delhi which will be unlike any you have experienced before.
On the first day, you travel from Delhi - Sariska in AC buses and reach a luxury resort in Sariska. After welcome drinks, high tea and dinner, you will head to the site where you will spend the next few hours watching the meteor shower. You will be accompanied by a professional astronomer who will educate you about the meteor shower. After this, a photography session spearheaded by professional astrophotographers will take place. If you are a photographer, get your equipment and you too can capture unbelievable sights. Overnight stay in resort.
After bed-tea and a hearty breakfast, you will check out from the resort and head out to explore the pristine Mansarovar Lake, the well-renowned Parashar Rishi Temple and finally, Bhangarh Fort, the most haunted fort in India. You will then head back to Delhi in AC buses.
- You can choose this one night stay for either December 14-15, 2018 or December 15-16, 2018.
- Meals provided will be vegetarian and non-vegetarian, based on your preference.
- The trip includes all required equipment that you will need to observe the shower.
- Stay in resort will be on double/triple sharing basis only.
- 5% GST will be charged extra on whichever package you choose.
Cost of the event:
This once-in-a-lifetime trip with AstroWanderer costs;
Per person on double -sharing basis: ₹7,999
Per person on triple-sharing basis: ₹6,999
In case you choose to travel from Delhi by yourself, the package will cost you ₹6,499 (double-sharing) and ₹5,499 (triple-sharing).
How To Book:
To book the trip, all you have to do is send in your name, address, contact number, email id and date of journey to firstname.lastname@example.org or +91 9315119212 over WhatsApp. After this, you will be sent the bank details where you need to deposit at least 50% of the cost, the remaining amount needs to be deposited by December 9, 2018.
So what are you waiting for? This is the perfect opportunity to witness a phenomenon that is nothing short of magic. Start booking your tickets before they get sold out!