Have you ever imagined how amazing and relaxing it would be to sit under a star-filled sky, with the stars almost within your grasp?

Astronomy enthusiasts, both amateurs, and professionals often flock to these dark sky destinations in India to gaze up at the stars. With almost zero light and sound pollution, these destinations offer an ethereal stargazing experience.


Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

How to shoot a sky full of stars | Condé Nast Traveller India

Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, with its high altitude, clear sky, and lack of pollution, is one of India’s most famous stargazing destinations. While much has been said and written about its daunting trails and spectacular views, the valley also offers its visitors unfettered views of the Milky Way, coupled with shooting stars and stunning constellations.


Pangong Tso, Ladakh

3 ways to make the most at Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh | untravel Blog

While Pangong Tso is loved for its stunning vistas, and the movie "3 Idiots" made Indians make a beeline for the pristine blue lake, there is another reason why you must visit the place once. The height of the lake, coupled with clear and dark skies, turns the area into a carpet of stars at night, which can be seen for miles. When here, make sure to also visit the Indian Astronomical Observatory in Hanle for a stargazing night.


Sonmarg, Jammu, and Kashmir

Milkyway Rising over Sonamarg-Kashmir II | clouds kinda play… | Flickr

Camping in Sonmarg is one of the most exciting adventures you’ve ever had. The lack of light pollution and tranquillity makes the meadows of this region, perched at an altitude of 2,800 m above sea level, the perfect destination for astronomy and astrophotography.


Coorg, Karnataka

Starry night | This is a shot taken an hour before sunrise a… | Flickr

The ‘Scotland of India’ is already a must-visit for its scenery and lush verdant hills. What’s more, the hill station’s beauty is enhanced by its glorious night sky. The night sky in Coorg is dark enough to see stars, planets, and constellations, and its hills, valleys, and forests create a stunning night sky setting.


Lachen, Sikkim

Night Sky Over Snowy Mountains Of Lachen Village In North Sikkim India  Stock Photo - Download Image Now - iStock

Lachen, a small town in Sikkim, India, is known for its natural beauty and unique culture. Lachen’s high altitude and remote location, make it a great stargazing spot. Lachen is in a valley surrounded by high mountains, shielding it from light pollution and making the sky appear darker and starrier.

Image Sources: iStock