Stargazing on a nice dark clear sky is almost like being in another realm – with no more deadlines, no more email notifications, no more worries, only infinity. We bring to you a list of places that take you to a world of ethereal views of the night sky for a perfect stargazing experience and double up as the places for a road trip.
Nubra Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Located to the North-East of Ladakh, Nubra or Ldumra (Valley of Flowers) is the sharply cut valley formed where the river Shyok meets the Siachen river. This valley separates Ladakh and Karakoram ranges and is surrounded by arid mountains and sand dunes. You can drive down to the valley’s Turtuk village in your Ford Endeavour to catch a majestic view of the Milky Way. Lean back, relax and open the sunroof to catch a spectacular star-filled night sky from the comfort of your Ford
Neil Island, Andaman and Nicobar
Another popular destination in the Indian archipelago is Neil Island, also known as the fruit bowl of the Andaman Islands. White sand beaches, coral reefs, and tropical forests make this tiny island, which you can walk around in a matter of few hours. It is also a perfect place to observe a clear night sky with stellar views. A small strip of the bright Milky way peeks through the forest canopy adjacent to Laxmanpur beach on Neil Island. With practically no light pollution, the deserted beaches are perfectly suited for a night of stargazing.
While most people associate Coorg with spices and plantations, a lesser known highlight of Coorg is that it is a dark-sky haven and an absolute joy for stargazers. For optimal stargazing conditions, you will want to move away from larger towns like Madikeri, where you will have clearest sky conditions of Coorg and the Milky Way will absolutely staggering. The winding, hilly roads make it an excellent location for a nice drive in your Ford EcoSport S or EcoSport Signature Edition. The funroof on the compact SUV will be best put to use to observe the sky. To take your experience up a notch, update your travel playlist to something romantic and plug it into the SYNC 3 which makes connecting your favourite music as easy as 1-2-3.
Rann of Kutch, Kutch
Located in the Kutch district and reputed to be one of the largest salt flats in the world, the white deserts of Kutch are where the unending long stretches of sand merge with the endless stretches of ebony sky, sparkling with celestial brilliance.
Watch the stars come out to play and mirror the shimmering stretch of white salt all the way to the horizon. Make the most of the experience, head out in Ford’s new Compact Utility Vehicle – Ford Freestyle and let its roof freely carry your camping gear. And, if your plans are flexible, choose a meteor shower night for an out-of-this-world experience.
At an elevation of 2000m, the hill station still holds its charms, drawing tourists to its natural attractions with its spectacular views, favourable climate, and viewpoints. While Nainital has much for you to explore during the day, the night sky from the ‘Stargazing’ viewpoint would make you want to stop and lie back in your New Ford EcoSport and enjoy the view from its Fun Roof. From stargazing to meteor shower, Nainital totally lives up to its name. These spots give you the perfect excuse to indulge in some off-roading activities with your favourite Ford and escape the urban jungle to experience a couple of brilliant nights under the sky.