GET­AWAY TO THE STARS

India Today - - LEISURE -

Re­mem­ber when sleep­ing on rooftops and count­ing the stars felt like the best thing to end a warm day? A trip to Astro­port Sariska, the first as­tron­omy-based re­sort in In­dia, of­fers just that. Sit­u­ated in the lap of the Araval­lis, the re­sort is an ecofriendly es­tab­lish­ment with or­ganic farms and mod­ern equip­ment. Sariska Na­tional Park, just a stretch away, is home to tigers, leop­ards, four-horned an­te­lope and other beau­ti­ful flora and fauna. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude an as­tron­omy camp, a so­lar walk, ayurveda ses­sions, treks, cy­cle tours, jun­gle sa­faris at Sariska, his­tor­i­cal sight­see­ing in Al­war and wa­ter sports at Silis­erh Lake dur­ing the day. Ac­com­mo­da­tions at the re­sort are around Rs 13,000 a night for galaxia tents and Rs 22,000 for Ne­bu­lae. The best time to visit Astro­port is from Septem­ber to May be­fore the clouds take over the sky and the na­tional park closes for mon­soon. —Vishakha Du­gar

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