I have heard a lot about Jawahar Planetarium Allahabad earlier and finally, visiting it was too much fun with family. The planetarium was built around the end of 1970s. It is located next to the Anand Bhavan, which had been home to the Gandhi and Nehru families earlier and was turned into a museum then. It is looked after by the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund. The Memorial lecture is held each year on his birth anniversary at the planetarium and it is a prestigious event to attend.
The planetarium actually shares its compound with the Anand Bhavan. The tickets were affordable and it charged us somewhere around forty rupees per ticket. The kids were desperate to see the planetarium show. It was all in Hindi. Though my kids have Hindi as their second language, there was not much of a difficulty to understand, but they asked me the meanings of certain things at small intervals. Firstly, we went through an introductory speech about space, which was followed by the show and then the sitting arrangements were made. The show was based on a cosmic journey. The room was air conditioned, which took care of me and my age.
The whole presentation was awesome and kids were awestruck by it. The idea and information about space followed by the presentation took us to a different world and along with the kids my curiosity grew to a different level. I was welcoming all the information by keeping an open heart. I could see the joy on the faces of my kids, which also hinted at me and my life experience that the coming future generation might change things for the whole nation. Sitting inside the Jawahar Planetarium, I somewhere felt that even Mr. Nehru might have had a same idea and believed in the notion that youngsters were powerful. Such an experience worth remembering was only made possible due to this trip of Allahabad and certainly due to visiting the Jawahar Planetarium Allahabad. It was an inspiring and magical experience inside the planetarium. Then, we had to move on and proceeded with our trip. Our next destination was the New Yamuna Bridge.