Overview/Itinerary

Stargazing Night at Vaitarna

Campsite is located in dark spot ideal for astrophotography. Band of Milky way galaxy is visible during summer at the campsite for certain period of night. You will be able to understand the star photography technique and shoot the milky way and the obvious star trails. Plan for an extravagant weekend getaway to feel refreshed amid the splendid nature when the twinkling stars take care of you.

Highlights of the session

  • Constellation stories
  • Watch deep-sky objects through the telescope
  • Cosmic discussions
  • Unwind with a small music session under the open skies

Stargazing Vaitarna Costing

Coming by your own vehicle: Rs. 1600/- per person
By Train (Kasara to Kasara): Rs. 2000/- per person
By Bus (Andheri to Andheri): Rs. 2600/- per person

Stargazing and Camping Vaitarna Itinerary

By Train Option

Day one - Stargazing and Camping 

Board local from Mumbai CSMT on Saturday

CSM-Kasara fast local timings

  • 12:33 pm CSMT
  • 12:46 pm Dadar
  • 12:53 pm Kurla
  • 12:57 pm Ghatkopar
  • 01:15 pm Thane
  • 01:28 pm Dombivli
  • 01:37 pm Kalyan
  • 02:47 pm Asangaon

03.00 pm Meet at Kasara railway station and begin travel to the base by local jeeps.

On the way halt for Lunch. (by your own)

06.00 pm Reach Stargazing camping site.

06:30 pm Evening tea and snacks.

07:30 pm Orientation to the Night skies.

08:00 - 9:00 pm - Constellation session 1.

09:00 - 10:00 pm - Telescope viewing session.

10:00 pm Dinner.

11:00 pm Music session.

Day Two

012:30 am - 1:00 am - Constellation session 2.

01:00 am - 1:30 am - Telescope viewing session 2.

02:00 am Rest.

06:30 am Wake up call.

08:00 am Have breakfast.

09:30 am Check-out camps and prepare to leave for Kasara.

11:00 am Reach at Kasara station and disperse.

 

Return Journey option

Kasara-CSMT fast local train

  • 12:19 pm Kasara
  • 02:37 pm CSMT

 

By Bus Option

Day One

11:45 am Meet at WEH metro station bus stop, Andheri.

12:00 pm Start journey towards Harihar.

12:15 pm Pick up at Kalanagar bus stop (on the highway), Bandra.

12:30 pm Pick up at Sion station circle.

01:15 pm Pick up at Teen Hath Naka, Thane.

Lunch on the way at Igatpuri. (by your own) 

06.00 pm Reach Stargazing camping site.

06:30 pm Evening tea and snacks.

07:30 pm Orientation to the Night skies.

08:00 - 9:00 pm - Constellation session 1.

09:00 - 10:00 pm - Telescope viewing session.

10:00 pm Dinner.

11:00 pm Music session.

 

Day Two

012:30 am - 1:00 am - Constellation session 2.

01:00 am - 1:30 am - Telescope viewing session 2.

02:00 am Rest.

06:30 am Wake up call.

08:00 am Have breakfast.

09:30 am Check-out camps and prepare to leave for Mumbai.

02:30 pm approx. arrival at Mumbai.
 

Important Notes

  • In case of the Cloudy Sky, Event will not be cancelled and will continue with Campfire Activities and Information session.
  • Observation depends on subject to availability of object & weather condition.
  • No refund on cancellation & postponed of shows due to BAD Cloudy /Rainy Climate.
  • Those who are coming by their own vehicle, please follow all covid-19 safety guideline and reach at base village on time.
  • Due to above issue, if you come late or unable to come, will not provide any refund.
  • People may board the same train from their respective stations of convenience.
  • Missing the train is missing Stargazing and Camping at Vaitarna, no refund will be provided.
Overnight Available on request
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give/What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Traveling from Kasara to Kasara to in local jeep (By Train option)
  • Andheri to Andheri travelling in non-Ac private vehicle (By Bus option)
  • Day 1 - Evening Refreshment, Dinner
  • Day 2 – Breakfast
  • Instructor & Telescope
  • Tent stay on sharing basis
  • Music session
  • Treks and Trails Charges

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel cost till Kasara and back (By Train option)
  • Any transportation (if you are coming by your own vehicle)
  • Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
  • All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required
Things to Carry
Things to Carry
  • Face mask or shield
  • 2/3 liter water bottle
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Warm clothing (during winter)
  • Sleeping material (blanket or 2 bedsheets)
  • Personal medicines (if any)
  • Mosquito repellent cream
  • Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc
  • Sun cap and Sunscreen
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Equipment for night photography (tripod, lenses, etc.)
  • Identity proof (must)

 

Cancellation Policy

  • 75% refund if notified via phone conversation 8 or more days prior to the event date.
  • 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.
  • No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to the event date 
  • No show No Refund.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.
  • If Trek gets canceled from our side, we will refund "Trek Amount" only.
  • If the event is canceled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Details:

There will be one 8inch telescope with us + one spotting scope for clusters.

13th March is a great night for observing Messier objects in the night skies. (Charles Messier was an Astronomer who catalogued many objects in the night skies, Amateur astronomers usually do a marathon of tracking all the 110 Messier objects in the month of March) We will be observing and discussing many of the 'M' objects on the 13th.

Constellation session - We will explore the night skies to look at the Greek, Roman and Indian constellations. Astronomy has been one of the oldest forms of science and it started with the art of stargazing. Each culture and mythology have their unique ways of stargazing and we will take a sneak-peak into the same.

Telescope session - Nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, double stars and many more exciting objects will be visible to us in the dark skies at Igatpuri and with the 8 inch telescope at our aide the fun gets double!

Stargazing is subject to clear skies. If the skies get cloudy we may not be able to show many objects in the sky.