Star Gazing Saphale near Virar

Star Gazing Saphale near Virar

About Star GazingSaphale: Amateur & Novice Users can also join and take opportunity to know the Night Sky and observe some of the deep sky objects like Planets, Nebulae’s, Galaxies, Globular Cluster, Open Clusters, Double Stars and off course our Milky Way Galaxy etc.  No prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary for them. Night Sky will be provided during the Event.


  • Observation depends on subject to availability of object & weather condition.
  • No refund on cancellation & postponed of shows due to BAD Cloudy /Rainy Climate.
  • Tent for 2 People (Extra 500/-) or 3 People (750/-) Advance Booking Payment Required for Seat & TENT Reservation.


Batches for Night Sky Gazing:

  • 20th 21st January 2018


Event Details

Event Details:

Location: Safale, Tandulwadi Village

Name of Location: Sai Baba temple

Nearest Village: Tandulwadi village

Region & District: Saphale

Distance from Saphale station: 7 KM approx.

Cost: Rs 1500(Adults) & Rs 1200(Kids)

Extra Cost for Tent: For 2 people Extra Rs 500 & for 3 people Rs 750


Event Itinerary

Night Sky Gazing Itinerary

Stations after Virar: Vaitarna, Saphale, Kelve Road, Palghar, Umroli, Boisar, Vangaon, Dahanu Road

Churchgate to Dahanu train: 5.24am, 10.06am, 3.22pm

Dadar to Dahanu train: 5.15am, 4.55pm, 6:00pm

Borivali to Dahanu train: 7.57am, 10.31am

Virar to Dahanu Local train: 4.25am, 5am, 12.15pm, 3.05pm

Dahanu to Churchgate train: 7.15am, 12.42pm, 5.35pm, 6.55pm

Dahanu to Dadar train: 2.15pm, 3.25pm, 7.45pm

Dahanu to Borivali train: 5.50am, 8.30am

Dahanu to Virar Local train: 10.05am, 1.25pm, 8.45pm

Participants are requested to reach the campsite by 5:30 pm.

6:00 – 6:30 pm – Event Registration, Introduction, Selfie Photos, Group Photo Session

7:00 – 7:30 pm – Session 1 – West Sky Objects, Satellite Hunting

7:30 – 8:30 pm – Astronomy Awareness Video Program

8:30 – 9:00 pm – Session 2 – Night Sky Orientation – Locating North Star, Directions and Constellations

9:00 – 10:30 pm – Dinner Time (On-Site Delicious Dinner)

10:30 – 11:30 pm – Session 3 – Orion Nebula, Open Clusters and Galaxies and Jupiter

11:30 – 00:30 – Astrophotography (No Lights)

12:30 – 03:30 am – Power Nap – Charge Yourself and Camera/ Tablet/ Mobile Batteries

3:30 – 4:30 am – Session 4 – Milky way Galaxy & Saturn

4:30 am – Tea Break

5:00 – 6:30 am – Session 5 – Crescent Moon & Venus, ISS, Satellite, Iridium Flares Tracking

6:30 – Sun Rise

7:00 – 7:30 am – Breakfast / Tea and Group Photo

8:00 am – Event Closure.


  • Participants can depart from the camp-site, or hang around with us from informal discussion / talk/contact sharing
  • Participants are free to observe all night or retire for a short sleep and join us again for observations.
  • We greatly encourage informal interactions/ discussion with us at any time during the night. We will answer (or try to be as close to your satisfaction as possible) all your questions.

Cost Includes:

  • Night Sky Gazing Event and On-Site Charge
  • Delicious Dinner ( Dhaba Type) & Breakfast
  • Tea & Drinking Water available.

Cost Excludes:

  • Anything not mentioned in the included list.
  • Tent for 2 People (Extra 500/-) Or 3 People (750/-)- Advance Booking/Intimation Required for TENT Reservation
  • Travel Cost to-fro from Saphale Station to Site (If required 150/- PP Extra).


How to Register

Batches for Night Sky Gazing:

20th 21st January 2018 - Buy Tickets - 


For Registration and Confirmation transfer Rs 1500 per person for Adults in the given a/c 

Account Name: Treks and Trails 

Bank Name: Axis Bank 

Account Number: 917020047534079

Branch: Churchgate - Mumbai

IfSC Code:  UTIB0000695 

Account Type: Current Account


Once payment is done, please send an email to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   with Transaction ID, Participant Name, email ID, mobile phone number, emergency contact number.

Batches for Night Sky Gazing:

20th 21st January 2018 - Buy Tickets - 

For Registration and Confirmation transfer Rs 1200 for Kids in the given a/c 

Account Name: Treks and Trails 

Bank Name: Axis Bank 

Account Number: 917020047534079

Branch: Churchgate - Mumbai

IfSC Code:  UTIB0000695 

Account Type: Current Account


Please call for any clarification:

  • Trek and Trails Mumbai Number:8828746865 / 8828004949


Cancellation Policy:

  • 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 3 days prior to the event date.
  • No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days. No show No Refund.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.


Our Equipments

Our Equipments:

  • 10 Inch Dobsonian Reflectors (2 Qty) – Antares GSO & SKY Watcher.
  • Binoculars 10 x 50 (2 Qty)
  • Celestron Automated Mount (100mm Refractor)
  • Celestron Automated Mount for Astrophotography.
  • EQ1 Manual – 75mm & 80mm Scope.


Things to Carry

Things to Carry

  • Carry enough warm clothing (particularly to keep your ears, body and feet warm) like scarf, sweaters,  hood jackets, skull caps, shawls / sheets, Closed Shoes, etc. (Temp in Night will dip considerably 12-16 degree C).
  • It is advisable to carry your own mattress/ satranji/ tarpaulin Sheet – we will be providing a basic mattress to facilitate sitting.
  • Carry a Small torch with red Cellophane paper,, personal medication and mosquito cream.
  • For Astrophotography participant should bring in their own DSLR Camera, Tripod, Remote, Charger and Extra Battery.
  • We recommend that participants stock themselves with light snacks and personnel water bottle (Need to drink water regularly).
  • Dinner cost is covered in the registration fees and there is a local ‘hotel’ near the camp-site that will cater dinner needs. Food is of Dhaba type but tasty and enjoyable.
  • It goes without saying that littering at the camp-site is not permissible and we will be making arrangements for garbage bin that can be put to their optimum use.


Event Rules

Event Rules:

  • While at the camp-site you (Participants) are requested to strictly adhere to the following rules:
  • Prior Registration is compulsory for all the participants.
  • Although the camp-site is secure with partial fencing, NO ONE should wander off the camp-site without intimating the organizers or without organizer’s permission.
  • Use Site, Equipment’s and Tents with precaution’s – Any Damages to Tents will recovered from Tent allocated participants/students (500/- Per Person).
  • Use of white small torch should be minimal, it should be covered with Red Cellophane paper for reading Night Sky Maps.
  • Please do respect the belongings of others at the campsite and avoid damaging any articles, tents, etc. Any Damage to Tent will be recovered from the participant.
  • Use of mobile phone and camera with flash is to be minimal as possible or AS INSTRUCTED BY THE INSTRUCTORS / ORGANIZERS during the Observation Sessions.
  • Do not Flash Bright Torch or Camera Flash on others during Observation Sessions. HUMAN EYE requires 30 Minutes to completely adapt to the Dark Night Sky.
  • If you are carrying your own observation instrument like telescopes, binoculars, tripods stands Imaging equipment (DSLR Camera and accessories) etc., then you yourself are responsible for all your equipment.
  • Smoking and Drinking Alcohol is strictly prohibited at the Site. Drunken participants will be asked to leave the Site immediately. We strongly discourage you to consume alcohol in any form. The Organizers reserve the right to expel offending participants from the camp-site.