Ten-second takeaway

Stargaze, learn about astronomy, or simply amble about at the Nehru Planetarium.

A starry-eyed surprise

Our city’s good old Nehru Planetarium is an enchanting space for a spot of stargazing. Plus, it’s pretty under-appreciated, we think. Located in one of the greener enclaves of the city near Rajbhavan Road, the Planetarium fits in perfectly with a day out in the High Grounds area. We love the giant dome that is the Planetarium building – quite the perfect location for an afternoon spent exploring the universe. Most days, you’ll find hordes of excited schoolchildren running around and chattering through the shows, to annoyed hisses of “shhh” from their teachers. And indeed, you might wish to take your own tiny humans to the Planetarium.

Up in the air

But if you’re lucky to visit on a quieter weekday, you’re in for a treat. You get to watch the night sky, get up close with the sun, and catch some pretty immersive projections of the solar system at large. On weekdays, they play two shows: Our Solar System, an in-house production that introduces you to the night sky from Bangalore’s perspective, helps you identify constellations, and more; and The Sun – Our Star, a documentary-style scientific introduction to the sun. The best part? Shows are in English and Kannada. We also think this makes a perfect end-of-the-month evening out: tickets cost adults the princely sum of INR 35 {it’s even cheaper for children} .

If that’s not quite your thing {but why on earth not! geddit?} there’s plenty of other exploring to do: check out the posters at their ongoing exhibitions, visit the Science Park, or simply chill out in their pleasant gardens.

Where: Bangalore Association for Science Education, T. Chowdiah Road, High Grounds, Opposite Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain.

When: 12.30pm and 4.30 pm {English shows}; 2.30pm and 3.30pm {Kannada}; additional shows on Sundays at 11.30am {Kannada} and 1.30pm {English}. Closed on Mondays.

Prices: INR 35 for people above 16; INR 20 for students and children.

Contact: 080 22266084

Check out their website here.

Shows are open to visitors over the age of 3.

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