Jaipur’s Art and Culture Department has recently introduced Astro Tourism in the city. The project has been named the Night Sky Tourism and was launched by the Art and Culture Minister, BD Kalla. According to him, this new initiative will boost the night tourism of Rajasthan.
He further said that “It will be a new experience for tourists and add more depth to the state as a tourist destination.” On the other hand, Secretary to the Art and Culture Department, Mugdha Sinha has said that those interested in reading the stars and the sky can visit Jaipur to enjoy the night tourism. They can watch the moon, night sky, stars, and planets closely through a telescope present there. Notably, two places have been chosen for night sky tourism. They are namely Jawahar Kala Kendra and Jantar Mantar. The former is a popular art center built to preserve the rich art and culture of Rajasthan. It has eight blocks, a big auditorium, museums, an amphitheater, a library, display rooms, a hostel, a studio, and a cafeteria.
The latter, Jantar Mantar, is a world heritage site built by King Sawai Jai Singh II, who is also known as the founder of Jaipur. This 18th-century monument is a popular astronomical observation site with a collection of 19 fixed astronomical instruments.