Gaze Up and Get Lost- 10 Hotels Perfect for Stargazing in India

'If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they would live a lot differently’ - Anonymous'
 

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Seldom caught up in our daily routine madness, we are unconscious about many things around us. When was the last time, you stared into the sky, searching for constellations, counting stars or hoping that you catch a glimpse of a shooting star? A little inconvenient as this might be, given today’s polluted skies and tamed city skylines, you certainly must’ve remembered the stars in the sky at some or the other point in your circadian groove! If this urges you to take a break, here is a list of hotels that are perfect for stargazing in India, amidst clear skies. 

1. Our Place Himalayas, Kullu

  

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Tudor-styled cottages with a rich and vibrant living room, dining room, private sundeck, that serves perfectly as a star gazing spot in the night and a kitchen. The beauty of this home lies in the concoction of its colorful soft furnishings, light settings, home decor elements and stylish furniture. The highlight of this homestay is the food served by their chefs, David (Goan) and Devi (Himachali), together bringing succulent pleasures to your table, including Indian, Italian, Tibetan, Goan and Kullu delicacies. All this setting you in the perfect mood ahead of a spectacular stargazing extravaganza! 
 
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2. Shambhu Prajapat Eco-friendly Stay, Jodhpur

Refresh your conscience with the rustic charm and culture of villages through village safaris, henna painting, and traditional folk dance/music (on request). Even the accommodation at Shambhu Prajapat Eco-friendly Stay takes it a notch higher by offering typical village huts. Savor Rajasthani cuisines, and if you wish you can even volunteer to cook. Experiencing the life of a typical villager, there is ought to be a night sitting in the verandah, gazing at the stars in the sky.

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3. The Tamara Coorg, Coorg

  

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Justifying its name, The Tamara Coorg is a calling; something you've been searching all your life! Stargazing as you waft in the silence and in its deceptive guise, listening to the sounds deep within, you discover the unaccustomed pleasures of life! Go here to feel nothingness, getting you closer to yourself, lost in the mundane life routines. The resort offers luxury cottages with contemporary tropical furnishing and all the creature comforts. However, given its huge balcony, you may well find yourself spending more time outside enjoying the spectacular surrounds! The cottage also has private sun decks, don’t be surprised if you find yourself spending more time outside than the room! 

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4. Jim's Jungle Retreat, Ramnagar

The clearest way into the universe is indeed through woods. Jim Jungle Retreat is a wildlife specialty lodge ideal for nature lovers, beautifully located in the middle of the Shivalik Ranges and the Himalayan Ranges, making it a delight for stargazers. Designed in the form of cottages, there are 18 rooms in this property. Elegantly designed and equipped with several amenities for the convenience of guest, the rooms are warm and cozy. The hotel also has its own swimming pool, spa, boutique and lounge area for guests to unwind and shop. Sit out with a loved one or your sole company and just look into the sky!

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5. Wayanad Ranches Resorts, Wayanad

  

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Picture a barbecue at your own cottage, underneath a starlit sky, surrounded by the western ghats, you could actually be here! The Wayanad Ranches Resorts is set homogenously in the aforementioned description. Set in Kalpatta in the Kerala Region, the resort lies 1.6 kilometers from the Soochipara Falls. 

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6. Kutch Fossils Park, Kutch

The Rann of Kutch is an endless land of white land covered in salt, till as far as you can see. With such minimalism around, a setting that has just three components the starlit sky, endless land and you, is as ideal as a stargazing location can get. The Kutch Fossils Park in Virāni., is a homestay facilitating a children's playground, a restaurant, seating area outside your cottage and bike/ car on rent. This area is popular for bird watching, which you can undertake as you wait for the night to draw for your stargazing extravaganza. What’s more, the resort also offers pet-friendly accommodation!

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7. Gulmarg Meadows, Gulmarg

  

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Situated in the Strawberry Valley property guests here enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range in the backdrop, from their luxury tents. With activities like trekking, zorbing, and skiing in the winter season, in the day time and stargazing at night, you remain leisurely active here throughout the day. Gulmarg Meadows is 55 kilometers from the Tourist Reception Centre and 65 kilometers from Srinagar-Jammu & Kashmir Airport. With complimentary Wi-Fi, restaurant, laundry service, heating facilities, the luxury tents also come with a wardrobe and an attached bathroom with toiletries and hot/cold shower facilities. Walk around in the wilderness until an eventful night of stargazing draws upon!

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8. Jerry's Jungle Huts, Palampur

Surrounded by the Dhauladhar mountains, the Jerry's Jungle Huts is an offbeat resort in Palampur. Nestled cozily in the Himalayas with a river flowing by, a stay here will leave you in awe of nature. Delight your senses as you laze around, do the treks, eat organic food, have a picnic near the river, all this at your own pace and with the chirping of the birds to keep you company! What makes this resort even more sought-after is the personalized attention to detail, just as you would like. Wooden floored rooms and outdoor seating areas and desk, make this a perfect spot for stargazing, there are barbecue facilities too! Jerry's Jungle Huts lie at 20 kilometers from the suburb of McLeod Ganj.

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9. Cuba Agonda, Goa

  

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Doesn’t Goa have just about everything?! A party destination, rejuvenation favorite, or simply a place to do nothing and just be! Perfectly located on the Agonda beach, the Cuba Agonda offers beach-hut bungalow accommodations. Having a well-stocked bar, sipping on some Kings beer, laying on the beach beds ashore as you hear the waves lapping the bay, stargazing is picture perfect here! With a blue and white theme across the hotel, the resort has comfortable beds, great sunbeds with towels, Wi-Fi, lovely chill out area, and yoga class if you wish to get some more dose of tranquility! There are boats close to the resort, that you can go on to view dolphins, followed by a quiet evening with a great view of the moon and stars!

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10. The Highland Mountain Resort and Spa, Kargil

Located in the Kargil conflict, The Highland Mountain Resort and Spa offers spectacular views of the surroundings and is also the only star hotel in that area. With a close proximity to the many beautiful tourist destinations, it also lies at a mere distance of 5 kilometers from the Kargil airport. The amenities at The Highland Mountain Resort and Spa include beverage selection, business center, free Wi-Fi, fitness center, free parking, room service, a spa, and airport transportation. Stargazing in the land of war, encompassed by glorious mountains in the gorgeous Kashmir, you couldn’t ask for more!
 
 
With so many options across the country, plan your next stargazing advent now, as you get lost in the humbling immensity of the universe!
 
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SEEMA NANDE SEEMA NANDE

A deep-dyed Piscean, Seema is a dreamer. This extends to the fact that she is seldom in another world of her's or dreaming of the place she would rather be. A wild-child at heart and a keen observer otherwise, Seema's free-spirited psyche is eternally quenching for new experiences. There is no poison for her as restorative as Life, she is the one who will give you the cliched 'I-am-high-on-life', should you offer her a drink. She gets hungover on the feel of a new place, food and conversations with strangers! All this adding to the way she feels and writes!

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