Visit Now! India’s first dark-sky reserve in Hanle, Ladakh

A three-way agreement has been signed between the Institute of Astrophysics of India, the Federal Bureau of Control of the Federal Territory of Ladakh, and the Ladakh Autonomous Mountain Development Council to establish India’s first dark-sky reserve in Hanle, Ladakh.

This area is classified as a very beautiful and pristine Changtang Wildlife Refuge. This isn’t the first time science has contributed to tourism, nor is it the first time for Indian astronomy tourism (see Jantar Mantar Jaipur), but the concept of this dark sky reserve is the first for India and the first time in the Ladakh region.

Hanle has clear evenings most of the year, making it an ideal site for stargazing, a hobby that is increasingly becoming a popular outdoor sport.


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