Stargazing at Bhandardara Milkyway Stargazing near mumbai

Starry Night at Bhandardara

Searching for the best spot with clear sky and dark surroundings for Stargazing near Mumbai? Then look no further as this is your chance to experience the best view of the night sky.
We, at Stargazing Mumbai, are providing you an opportunity to have a magnificent stargazing experience amidst the beauty of Bhandardara.

Starry Night at Bhandardara or Stargazing at Bhandardara offers you a night engulfed in the scenic ranges of Sahyadri under one of the clearest skies near Mumbai. Have a pleasant overnight stay being one with nature among the twinkling heavens. Engross yourself in the astronomical wonders and you’ll be sure to leave with cherishing moments to reminisce.

Samrad Village, Bhandardara


₹ 2600/ person

1st June 2024

  • Experience stargazing and learn about constellations with Stargazing Mumbai experts.
  • 15+ Large Professional telescopes used in Stargazing Events.
  • Observe through the largest- 16″ and Sky-watcher 14” Goto Dobsonion mount telescope.
  • Witness 40+ deep sky objects throughout the night.
  • Have engaging discussions with Astrophysicists.
  • Enjoy Stargazing and Camping amidst the scenic ranges of Sahyadri under the clearest skies.
  • Learn basics of Mobile Astrophotography.

Stargazing at Bhandardara comes with many treats especially for trekkers and hikelovers. The campsite provides routes to various eye-catching places to visit during the day. Some of them being the historic Ratangad Fort, Konkan Kada and the Sandhan Valley. Then, after a long day, you may come to unwind, away from the city buzz, under the stars.
Who said the perfect holiday doesn’t exist?

INCLUSION

  • Overnight stargazing charges
  • Evening snacks and Tea on reaching the site.
  • Dinner( Veg/ Non-Veg)
  • Three times Tea, Drinking water.
  • Breakfast for the next morning before leaving the site
  • Stay facility in the tent (three sharing).

Cost won’t include

Transportation (Rs. 650 rupees extra for transportation between Kasara stn. and Samrad Village (Bhandardara)
Anything which is not mentioned in the above.

  • Carry your id proof like aadhaar card, pan card, driving licence.
    Carry warm cloths (Jackets, sweaters, shawl). The temperature considerably (13-14 Degrees) drops during the night time.
  • The Campsite is close to the forest area so please wear socks and shoes if possible.
  • Carry a torch, you will need it in the dark. Also don’t forget to cover it with red cellophane paper (gelatin paper).
  • We will advise you to carry some snacks and soft drinks since you won’t be able to buy anything around the field. Please carry drinking water bottle, you will be able to refill the water.
  • Carry your medication and mosquito repellent cream.
  • Carry a Diary and Pen in case you would want to make note of things.
  • Drinking and smoking in the observation field are strictly prohibited.
  •  Tents other than the ones set up by us are not allowed. Please do not carry any personal tents of your own.
  • Basic washroom facility is available at campsite.
  • This is an edutainment program. All are requested to maintain the spirit of the program and co-operate. No unruly behaviour toward fellow participants will be tolerated.
  • Parking facility for private vehicles are available.
  • No one should wander off the field. Do not visit the forest area on your own even during the day time.
  • Any kind of misbehaviour which causes a disturbance to other participants will not be tolerated and immediate action will be taken against the person or the group.
  • An important point to remember Stargazing Mumbai is a voluntary base group of some Amateur Astronomers, our aim is to spread and popularise Astronomy.
  • We do not call unless requested from your side. We have official email id: stargazingmumbai@gmail.com and phone number: + 91 9112662662, + 91888988422. These are the only mode we will use for contacting you. Please be aware that we will not be calling/ emailing from any other number/ email id.

Day: 1

Reach Kasara station at 2:30 PM

Those coming by Private Vehicle have to reach before 6:00 pm at Campsite

  • 3:00 : Head towards the Bhandardara, Samrad Village
  • 6:00 : Reach at  Samrad Village
  • 6:00- 7:30 pm : Registration/ Sightseeing and Evening Snacks
  • 7:30 – 8:00 pm: Orientation and Introduction to the night sky
  • 8:00 – 9:00 pm: Constellation Session I
  • 9:00 – 10:00 pm: Telescope Viewing I
  • 10:00 – 11:00 pm: Dinner Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm: Astronomical Discussion with Expert

Day: 2

  • 12:00 – 1:30 am: Telescope Viewing II
  • 1:30 – 2:00 : Tea Break
  • 2:00 – 2:30 am: Constellation ( Nakshatra ) Session III
  • 2:30 – 3:30 am: Telescope Viewing III
  • 3:30- 5:00 am: Learn Basics of Mobile Astrophotography (Enjoy the Sleeping in Tent)
  • 5:00- 7:30 am : Rest Time for all
  • 7:30- 8:15 AM : Breakfast
  • 8:00- 9:00 AM: Watch Sunspots through Telescope
  • 9:00 AM : Event End

This itinerary and Stargazing are subject to clear skies – in case the skies get cloudy the organisers may not be able to do much and a refund will not be possible.

This being said, keep your fingers crossed for clear skies.

  • Prior Registration and payment is compulsory for all the participants.
  • You will be responsible for your personal belongings. If you are carrying telescopes, binoculars, tripods stands, camera etc., then please be careful with your own equipment. We will help you with setting the instruments, if you require it.
  • Smoking and Drinking Alcohol is strictly prohibited on the field. Drunken participants will be asked to leave the field immediately. The organisers reserve the right to remove offending participants from the field.
  • Stargazing Mumbai is not liable in any form for any kind of medical emergencies during the event.

We accept only online payment for this event, kindly click on the button below. It will take you to various ticket options. We have three separate options available. Kindly go through them carefully before selecting one.

Overnight Stargazing and Camping Ticket- 2600/ ticket

Child Ticket – Overnight Stargazing and Camping – 2300/ ticket

Transportation Ticket – 650/ ticket

 Private Tent – 640 / Tent

Please do not forget to carry an e-ticket (recommended, let’s save the trees) or hard copy.

We do not get network on the field so please download the ticket or take a screenshot in case of e-ticket. If you have questions, kindly go through our FAQ page. If your questions are still not answered feel free to call us.

  1. If Event cancellation is done by the participant at any time 10% amount will be deducted.
  2. If Event cancellation is done by a participant before 15 days of the Event 80% of the total price will be refunded.
  3. If Event cancellation is done by a participant before 10 days of the Event 60% of the total price will be refunded.
  4. If Event cancellation is done by the participant before 5 days of the Event 50% of the total price will be refunded.
  5. After that no refund will be provided on Event cancellation done by the participant, irrespective even if you’ve booked within the last 5 days.
  6. Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  7. If event gets canceled we will refund Event amount only.

1. Each and every member of the team wears protective mask while interacting with each other. It is compulsory for all the participants too, to wear masks and maintain distance while interacting.

2. If you have any symptoms like fever, dry cough, weakness, body aches, etc., at the time of screening, you won’t be able to participate in the event.

3. It is strongly recommended to wear full sleeves shirts/t-shirts, full pants and shoes.

4. Strictly avoid eating pan masala, smoking cigarettes or sniffing, actions which induce spitting, coughing or sneezing.

5. Avoid touching external surfaces and touching your mask and face continuously.

6. Carry hand wash and sanitizers; and clean your hands before touching food and other personal objects.

7. Try to wear caps, and face bandana over your mask. Covering up will help reduce exposure to the Covid19 virus.

8. Please cooperate during temperature checks, questioning for any symptoms, and oxygen level checks; these are done to help you limit the spread of the virus. All these checks will be conducted multiple times during the activities.

9. Kindly do not register for the event or travel if you have come in contact with someone who has contracted Covid19 in the last 14 days.

10. If any participant tests positive after returning from the event within the next 14 days, they should maintain transparency and inform Stargazing Mumbai. It will help all others isolate themselves and get tested.

Participants are requested to co-operate with Stargazing Mumbai to help us manage the situation.

  • Private vehicle: People travelling by private vehicle can use google map to reach our location. You can access the link by clicking here.
  • Public transport: People travelling by public transport can reach Kasara station by central railway. We will have Transportation ready near the station to take you to the our Samrad Campsite. You are expected to reach the Kasara Station at 3:00 pm and we are leaving from Kasara station at 3:30 pm.
  • ( NOTE: Reach at Kasara station at sharp 3 pm, there is no any other transportation to reach at Samrad Village)
Station CSTMT Dadar Ghatkopar Thane Dombivli Kalyan Asangaon Kasara
Time 12:33 PM 12:46 PM 12:57 PM 1:15 PM 1:28 PM 1:37 PM 2:10 PM 2:47 PM

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