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Nehru Planetarium

Location: Teen Murti House on Teen Murti Road

Time to Visit: Tuesday-Sunday, Monday closed

Show Timings: Hindi/ English: 1:30 PM, 4:00 PM/11:30 AM, 3:00 PM

Admission Fee: INR 15

Photography charges: nil, permission required

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach the planetarium or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx 1 hour

Located within the premises of Teen Murti House on Teen Murti Road, Nehru Planetarium was established on 6th February 1984 with the aim to promote space education and astronomy among the common people especially the youth of the region. The Nehru planetarium has a good sky theatre with the capacity of seating 270 viewers at a time for screening taped and live public shows on various cosmic topics like informing about the cosmic heritage, the solar system or history of a particular star.

Just at the entrance lies the exhibit area of the Nehru planetarium displaying interesting interactive models and pictures. The pièce de résistance of the planetarium is the space module of Soyuz T-10 that carried India's first cosmonaut, Rakesh Sharma to space along with his space suit and mission journal. From time to time, the planetarium also displays event-based photo exhibitions here.

On request, the planetarium organizes curriculum-based shows and interactive question-answer session for school and college students. It also comes out with an astronomy magazine Krittika to provide information on different astronomical concepts. There is also a souvenir shop from where visitors can get informative compact discs.

Special Attractions/Annual Events: Throughout the year, the planetarium coordinates various astronomy quiz contests, astrophotography workshops, space art contests, telescope making workshops, evening or night sky watch and public lectures

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, Gandhi Smriti, Dilli Haat, Safdarjung Tomb, Rastrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Hanuman Mandir

Nearby Places to Eat: Hotel Le Meridien, Imperial Hotel, Hotel Inter-Continental, Parikrama Revolving restaurant, Gaylord, El Rodeo, Bercos, Zen restaurant, Delhi Darbar, Nizam's Kathi Kebabs and Standard Restaurant. For snacks and fast foods: Bengali Market (sweets and chat), Kake da hotel (Indian food), Wenger, Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, Nirula's, Ruby Tuesday, Sona Rupa, Starbeans, Barista, Café Coffee Day, Dilli Haat, and innumerable roadside foodstalls and good Indian restaurants in INA market, Yusuf Sarai Market, Green Park and South Extension market.

Nearby Shopping Venues: Sarojini Nagar Market (all types of things but especially trendy and fashionable clothes), South Extension Market (most commercial shopping destination), Connaught Place (jewellery, books, art galleries, leather goods and the list goes on), Baba Kharak Singh Marg (it has emporium of all states of India dedicated to state's unique art and craft created by traditional and skilled artisans), Central Cottage Industries (merchandise and curios), Janpath (clothes and low priced gifts, souvenirs and curios), Panchkuian Road (ethnic things), Khan Market (local residential market) and Palika Bazaar (electronic items).

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04