astro-Retreat in Spiti

Spiti, HIMACHAL PRADESH

Spiti, a high altitude desert, located in trans-himalayans region in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh is paradise of adventure travellers and astronomy enthusiasts. With Bortle class 1 skies all along, the place offers one of the best skies in India with majestic Himalayas all around. The average elevation of the district is 3300m of 12,600ft. 

Due to the isolated location and remote settlement, the best mode of transport is by road. By road travel includes personal vehicles in self drive, commercial vehicles like taxies or bus, or adventure travel like motorcycles, bicycles etc. Travel from Delhi often take 3-4 days to reach Kaza, the district headquarters of Spiti.

Accommodation in these remote places are usually arranged either at cheap motels or homestays. Finding either one in the peak season is a luxury. However the beauty of the place is unparalleled and you will be amazed by the beautiful vistas during the day and amazing night skies during the night.

The expedition will be a 1800KM round trip from Delhi to Kaza via Shimla and back via Manali. The trip will start with a  4 day drive to Kaza via Shimla. Usual route will be Delhi – Narkanda -Rampur – Sarahan – Sangla – Nako – Tabo -Mudh – Kaza. On the way we will stop at certain spots for night halt where we will be exploring 

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Generic Program detail

   Day 1 – Friday

  • 04:00 Departure from Delhi
  • 05:30 Meet and greet at Murthal, breakfast and Tea.
  • 06:30 Depart for Chail
  • 11:30 Arrival at Jabli, snacks etc
  • 12:00 Depart for Chail
  • 14:30 Arrival at campsite, check in
  • 14:45 Lunch (Veg)
  • 15:30 Presentation – Introduction to Stargazing & Astrophotography
  • 17:00 Setting up of equipment with Hi-Tea
  • 18:00 Astrophotography Start
  • 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:30 Observation continues
  • 23:30 Midnight Tea

   Day 2 – Saturday

  • 00:00 Observation continues
  • 05:00 Cover the telescopes, observation ends
  • 05:30 Bed time
  • 09:30 Wake up
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Free time. Indulge in adventure activities/rest in the room/explore the place.
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 Hi-Tea, start your equipment & get ready.
  • 17:30 Observation begins
  • 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:30 Observation continues
  • 23:30 Midnight Tea

   Day 3 – Sunday

  • 00:00 Observation continues
  • 05:00 pack the telescopes, observation ends
  • 05:30 Bed time
  • 09:30 Wake up*
  • 10:00 Breakfast
Included:
Accommodation in tents with washrooms and electricity on twin sharing basis.
Breakfast ,Lunch, Dinner morning, Evening & Midnight Tea with snacks.
Excluded:
Travel to and from the site (can be arranged at added expense).
Any extra order at the property 

BASIC AMENITIES
  • Permanent Tents with Western toilets and shower
  • Hot water in the morning
  • Restaurant for food and snacks order
  • Adventure activities like wall climbing, trekking Zip-Line with experts
  • Astronomy gear for visual observation with experts.
  • Astrophotography expertise on your own equipment
WEATHER
  • Usually cold to very cold. Nights can be freezing cold in December to February. Carry heavy woollens with gloves, cap and woollen socks.
THINGS TO CARRY
  • Carry heavy woollens.
  • Carry your camera, all accessories and tripod
  • Carry your medicines, and other essential items
  • Carry some snacks and chocolates for night munching.
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