Kalpana Chawla Memorial Planetarium is on Kurukshetra-Pehowa road in Kurushetra in Haryana.
This 5-acre piece of heaven was built as a tribute to India’s first woman astronaut, Dr. Kalpana Chawla and is run by Haryana State Council for Science & Technology in collaboration with National Council for Science Museums. The planetarium cost a staggering 6.50 crores and is surrounded by beautiful green fields and an Astro-park that’s ideal for a day trip.
Step inside and immerse yourself in a world of space and astronomy with the latest technology equipment used to run their shows. The planetarium is not just a place to learn, but also to be inspired. Dr. Kalpana Chawla’s memory is a source of inspiration for young girls, reminding them that determination, positive thinking and willpower can take them to great heights, no matter where they come from.
The astronomy shows are usually in Hindi but special shows in Hindi and English can be arranged for groups upon request. The planetarium is open for shows until 3.30 PM, with the last show starting at 3 PM and the entry fee is reasonable. Take a break from the galleries and test your astronomy knowledge with a fun quiz before the show.
This is a must-see place for older kids and a great way to enhance your knowledge of planets and stars. If you don’t have a car, no problem! There are local autos in Kurukshetra that will take you to the planetarium, which is only about 6-8 km from National Highway 1. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn and be inspired.”
The excellent programmes and supporting exhibits placed inside and in the Astro-park help the students in particular and people at large in learning this frontier area of science and satisfy their curiosities with a whole range of information about the Space. The astronomy shows are usually run in Hindi language and special shows both in Hindi and English languages are also conducted on demand for groups.
The planetarium was dedicated to the nation by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Haryana on 24.07.2007.