Birla Planetarium, Kolkata

Birla Planetarium | One of the best places to visit in Kolkata

LocationJawaharlal Nehru Road, Adjacent To St, Kolkata, Kolkata (Map)
Entry Fee & TimingsBirla Planetarium is open from 12:00 pm to 06:30 pm all days in week. Entry fee general Rs 100 and students Rs 40.
Place TypeGovt. Museum & Memorials, Museum and Gallery
Place visit withFamily, Kids, Parants
Best time to visitJanuary, February, March, April
Nearest MetroChandni Chowk Metro Station (2 KM) Esplanade Metro Station (2 KM) Park Street Metro Station (1 KM) Maidan Metro Station (0 KM) Rabindra Sadan Metro Station (0 KM) Netaji Bhavan Metro Station (1 KM)

About Birla Planetarium

Birla Planetarium is one of the famous places in Kolkata, this planetarium is counted as the second largest planetarium in the world and the largest in Asia. The planetarium is close to the Victoria Memorial and St. Paul's Cathedral. The design of this planetarium is based on the Stupa at Sanchi, which was inaugurated on 2 July 1963 by the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

Birla Planetarium regularly organizes shows every day in various languages including Hindi, English, Bengali and other local dialects. Many tourists come here every day to enjoy the show and visit the planetarium.

Architecture of Birla Planetarium

The planetarium is a single-storey circular structure designed in a typical Indian style, with its architecture loosely modeled on the Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi. The dome of the planetarium is of splendid 23-meter diameter AstroTec (USA), made of high precision aluminium and can seat 688 visitors at one time.

Interesting facts about Birla Planetarium

  1. The planetarium can accommodate 500 people at a time.
  2. Birla Planetarium has an astronomical observatory equipped with Celestron-14 telescope with various accessories like ST6 CCD camera and solar filter.
  3. It offers more than 100 astronomical projects to the public and students.
  4. Pillars have been allotted in the periphery of the planetarium which give it the form of a mini colosseum.
  5. There are about 570 push back progressively inclined seats for ultimate comfort of the spectators.
  6. Birla Planetarium is an ideal destination for science explorers, information seekers and explorers.

How to reach Birla Planetarium

By Rail:- Kolkata Railway Station is near the planetarium which is at a distance of 9 km and can be easily reached here by rickshaw.

By Bus:- The nearest bus stop to the planetarium is Maidan Bus Stop which is 2.0 km away.

By Air:- The distance between Planetarium and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is 22.2 km, from here it will be easy to reach by booking a cab.

Nearby famous places

  • Victoria Memorial Hall 5 minutes away
  • Metro Shopping Center 6 minutes away
  • Victoria Plaza 6 mins away
  • Emami Shoppers City 7 mins away
  • Ground 13 minutes away
  • Elliot Park 9 minutes away
  • ISKCON Kolkata 14 mins away
  • Park Street 21 minutes away
  • Netaji Bhawan 20 minutes away
  • Mother House 29 mins away
  • Tour de Kolkata 28 mins away

Birla Planetarium FAQs:

𝒜. It is located at Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Adjacent To St, Kolkata, Kolkata.

𝒜. Entry fee and timings information of the Birla Planetarium: Birla Planetarium is open from 12:00 pm to 06:30 pm all days in week. Entry fee general Rs 100 and students Rs 40..

𝒜. You should visit Birla Planetarium during January, February, March, April months for best experience.

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