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Science Tourism in India | A voyage of nation's science and technology
Science Tourism in India showcases key locations around the nation that can be visited for knowledge in the various fields of science and technology and history
Welcome to the series Science Tourism in India.
There are two most essential things to me, my passion: Space Science and Technology and my country: India. Therefore, most of my blog posts have been focused on writing stories about the Indian Space Ecosystem and History. But being a researcher, there exists a soft spot for all sciences in my heart. When the idea of communicating knowledge regarding science in India presented itself, I decided to act on it. It was a perfect setup, combining my passion with my love for my country through my hobby: travel. Hence, Science Tourism in India was born.
Science Tourism in India showcases key locations around the nation that can be visited by the public to quench their thirst for knowledge in the various fields of science and technology.
About six months back, @GareebScientist tweeted that he wanted to tour India's Research institutes, telescopes, museums, and science centers.
Being a travel enthusiast, it was an attractive concept to me. To all the cities I visited, I used to make sure to check all the museums around the place. It was another issue to convince fellow travelers to visit the museums or science-related sites, but I made sure that I got some local maps/ travel guides for future reference. When Gareeb Scientist posted his idea, I started thinking about the sites I have been fortunate to visit. It was not much but a good enough list.
Within some time, @Astro_Neel replied to @GareebScientist to compile all the visitable public places. Having done a part of it, I decided to take it forward. I shared a google document on Twitter asking people to add locations from all over India. Within a few days, the list exploded. It became apparent that a simple blog sharing a photo of each site won't do justice. Hence, I decided to give it time. I started to research different locations in each region and planned YouTube episodes.
Over the next few months, my personal work took precedent, and I couldn't take time to pursue the idea of making a YouTube Science Tourism series. Once I finally reached and settled in the University of Maryland, I decided to take up the project. Finally, on Republic Day, I released the first episode of the Science Tourism in India series.
Once I made the video, I realised that I could not cover everything in a short 10-minute video. Hence, the plan of posting a video followed by a blog detailing the references and other details was decided. This time gap would allow me to correct any mistakes in the video while the audience can suggest any locations I missed.
This first episode takes you to the crown of India, Ladakh, and the Jammu & Kashmir region. While it is one of the only regions not to have any science museums or centers, it has a rich history. The high altitude complimented by low pollution also meant perfect sky-watching locations. Therefore, there are multiple telescopes and natural parks in Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir Region.
Ep. 02: Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Himachal Pradesh
The next episode covering Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Himachal Pradesh area is in the works. If you have any sites that should be part of the video, please comment below.
If you have any locations you would want me to cover in my videos or blog please comment below and I'll make sure they become part of next upcoming episodes.