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“ARIES”

Astronomical Observatory
Ranked #17 of 41 things to do in Nainital
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New Delhi, India
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“ARIES”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

ARIES stands for Aryabhatta Research Institute for Observational Sciences. 8 km away from Nainital on Manora Peak is the observatory which is one of India's oldest. Prior permission is needed to visit the observatory where studies in astrophysics are conducted.
We were showed the radio telescope which was being used to record the prominence in the sun which results in sun flares that sometimes disrupt radio and satellite communications.
There are studies being conducted to record the relative humidity, ozone levels, etc in the atmosphere for which a balloon is sent up and the readings taken at different levels from the ground.
The views from the observatory are marvelous and one can spend some time there.

Visited March 2013
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English first
Pune, India
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52 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Visit to the Astronomical Observatory”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2012

This observatory works under the Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt of India and is now known as ARIES (Aryabhatta Research Institute).
It is one of the best astronomical observatories in India and is currently installing the largest optical telescope of Asia, namely a 3.6 m diameter one. This will be installed at Devasthal which is 60 kms away at a height of 2540 m (~ 8500') near Dhanachuli. Visitors may need permission to go to ARIES.

Visited October 2012
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Bangalore
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Plan green grass field near observatory”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

Don't forget to see green grass field near observatory. You will love the small village & valley. years back we been to this place and I really liked the small village near Nainital. You will find so many interesting thing in this place.

Visited June 2012
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jaipur
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great views of the valley”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

I have been here twice, both times the actual place was shut bu the views are great. Would be great if they could sort out the open and shut timings and days - AND post this information on a board at the juncture where the road for the observatory starts and NOT 3 kms afterwords at the observatory itself and thereby save a drive to unsuspecting tourists.

Visited June 2012
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1 Thank Tarun_Bansal_Jaipur
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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52 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Observe tray”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2012

Well just walkin to the observatory n if u ur lucky like us no one is going to stop you
Their u get To see a small version of the Hubble telescope and see some planets in case the sky is clear
When we went their was a bird stuck in the glass of the scope , and it was being repaired

Visited August 2011
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2 Thank Vinamra_Agarwal
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