India’s First Night Sky Sanctuary In Ladakh

Written By

Ruchika Mandora

On October 31, Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh Radha Krishna Mathur will almost launch India's first Dark Sky Reserve or Night Sky Sanctuary in Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Night Sky Sanctuary seeks to enhance Astro tourism in India and become one of the world's most prominent optical, infrared, and gamma-ray telescope destinations.

LAHDC, the Union Territory government, and the Indian Institute of Astrophysics are partners on this project. The project aims to safeguard the night sky from light pollution.

Threaten astronomical observations and clean skies. Ladakh is a year-round biking destination made famous by the Bollywood flicks 3 Idiots and Jab Tak Hain Jaan.

Wildlife enthusiasts come to witness the raw beauty of nature in unpolluted mountains and waters. This is putting the Dark Sky Reserve's resources to the test.

The firm is headquartered in dry, clear Hanle, 300 km from Ladakh. The Dark Sky Reserve is 22 kilometers from the Indian Astronomical Observatory in Hanle.

Hanle attracts tourists who want to observe the Milky Way. Milky Way can be seen at Hanle due to bright night skies and low atmospheric disturbance.

Space ambassadors may use 8-inch Dobsonian telescopes to observe the cosmos. This could be on your "bucket list." The IIA in Bengaluru proposed the Dark Sky Reserve idea.

The Dark Sky Reserve is located in Changthang Plateau's wetland areas to aid the local economy. Many B&Bs have opened in the villages around Hanle Observatory to serve astronomy tourists.

Twenty-four applicants out of roughly seventy were chosen as Astro ambassadors. They're skilled with telescopes and astronomical phenomena.