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About Birla Planetarium

The Birla Planetarium in Kolkata is touted to be the largest planetarium in Asia and the second largest planetarium in the world. It is a beautiful, single-storey structure with the architectural details loosely imitating the Stupa at Sanchi. The planetarium was constructed by ML Dalmiya and Co. and hosts different scientific programs for tourists. More popularly known as Taramandal among the locals, the planetarium was inaugurated in the year 1963 by Jawaharlal Nehru. The planetarium has an electronics laboratory for design and fabrication, a huge astronomy gallery that is home to a collection of fine paintings and celestial models designed by famous astronomers. For tourist entertainment and information, the planetarium hosts daily programs on scientific topics in various Indian languages. Renovations being done in the vicinity are expected to be completed by August, 2016.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets
  • Entry Fee INR 40
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera

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