Located inside the Teen Murti Bhavan complex, Nehru Planetarium has quite an interesting set of things to offer. It was established in 1984, the year in which Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian to have traveled in space. This planetarium was the last building to be added to the Teen Murti complex which was earlier the official residence of the first Prime Minister of India – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Besides the planetarium, this 45 acres complex houses a library and a museum. It was constructed with the purpose of generating interest in astronomy and aeronautical sciences in the youth of India.
They screen the ‘Sky show’ numerous times every day – in both English and Hindi. The 3D effects in this 35-minutes film on the origins of the universe are a delight to watch. The moving sky coupled with the surround sound will not let you forget the stars. In fact with rising pollution in Delhi, this is one place where you can have a look at a star filled sky in the city. Amateur astronomers meet at this complex regularly to hone their skills. We hear these effects are a result of the latest opta-mechanical projectors procured in 2010 from Japan combined with six digital projectors. To encourage the wanderlust in you, we suggest you start planning a road trip to Ladakh in search of an even more spectacular view of the sky!
One more thing to check out in the planetarium is the space museum detailing the history of universe. The exhibition displays an array of interesting tools used for discovering the secrets of universe and fun machines for children.
Where: Teen Murti Bhavan, Teen Murti Marg
Nearest Metro Station : Race course/ Udyog Bhavan (A ten minute ride in an auto from the station)
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday closed)
Fees: Rs. 50 for adults, Rs. 40 for children between the age of 4-12 years, and Rs. 20 for school students.
Special shows are held for school trips.