“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a small planet orbiting around a very average star. But we can understand the universe, and that makes us very special.”
The Universe – a mystery that the most intellectual minds of our planet have tried to solve since time immemorial. They have managed to give us satisfactory answers for some questions, but the question bank itself remains limitless. With inquisitive minds on the rise, there is always going to be more to discover in this vast space of well… space. Nevertheless, one thing remains the same – the beauty of the enigma.
The universe seems to give us hope to keep pushing forward in the hardest of our times. It reminds us that we are nothing but a tiny speck of dust in the wide cosmos – so insignificant, yet dexterous enough to bring about a change.
Gazing up at the stars and admiring their beauty is a common notion – whether its on a romantic date, an astronomical adventure or tripping on some new kind of drug. While these twinkling dots in space enthrall us from light years away, they sometimes get lost in the blankets of smoke and pollution we have so readily gifted ourselves. Sure, we do catch a glimpse of a few stars every now and then, but to experience the sheer beauty of the universe we live in, we travel to far and wide, exploring places where the sky is clear, the breeze pure and the silence – loud.
Our explorers at Trell go to great lengths to get out of their comfort zone and experience the mesmerizing phenomenon; and we have the best of these underrated skies that will give you memories for a lifetime.
Pavana Lake, Maharastra
Located just outside Pune, this campsite doubles up as a scenic stargazing spot right next to a lake. It’s a perfect location to spend some quiet time away from the chaos of city life. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and the charm while enjoying some homemade food, feeling the warmth of the bonfire on your cool skin.
Gandikota. Andhra Pradesh
Famously known as the Grand Canyon of India, Gandikota is surrounded by the river Penna on three sides. Since it has not been grazed by civilization yet, this beauty is a dream for all those who need a break from the humdrum of the urban life. So why not spend some time under the canopy of stars, gazing at the infinite sky or testing your photography skills?
Neil Island, Andaman
Being a neighbor of Havelock may dull the charm of this lesser known beach. but it is a blessing in disguise because this means that this waterfront is yet to be commercialized. What’s more? The endless canvas of the sky is studded with these ethereal bodies, even on a moonless night.
Katao, North Sikkim
The North East India is known for all of its undiscovered treasures. The Switzerland of Sikkim called Katao is one such gem.The blankets of snow makes Katao an incredible destination for those with interstellar romantics. Hailing at 15,000 ft above the sea level, Katao is an incredible place which hasn’t hit the spotlight just yet.
The sultry breeze of Mandarmani brings along a promise of an unforgettable time for all those passionate about the night skies. Around 180 kms away from Kolkata, this untouched beauty is free of the suffocating pollution. Spend some time walking on the shoreline and let the lights in the sky guide you back home.
A lesser known place to explore the boundless heavens, the name Taregna literally translates as ‘counting stars’. This was where Aryabhatta set up an astronomical observatory in the 6th century and proposed for the first time that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Wander through this destination and maybe, you’ll answer one of those limitless questions!
So, you see? You don’t have to go all the way to Kashmir to immerse yourself in the beauty of the endless skies. Go on, explore the exquisite grace of the mysteries that the universe is riddled for us!