WSR 1st Overnight Programme of Sky Observation on 12th Dec 2015


WSR  announces 1st overnight programme at Neral on 12th December 2015.  

The program starts at 7.00 pm (IST) in the evening and runs up to 4.30 am (IST) next morning. The general outline of the programme is as follows:


Date: Saturday 12th December 2015

Language of Instructions: ENGLISH

VENUE: Saguna Baag Farm House, Neral


ENTRY by Advance Booking ONLY

Tentative Schedule:

19:00 to 19:30 hours: Registration for the programme

19:30 to 19:45 hours: Introduction of Telescopes

19:45 to 20:30 hours: First Sky Session

20:30 to 22:00 hours: Observations through Telescope

22:00 to 23:00 hours: Dinner Break

23:00 to 01:00 hours: Interactive Session

01:00 to 01:30 hours: Tea Break

01:30 to 02:30 hours: Second Sky Session

02:30 to 04:30 hours: Observations through Telescope


These timings are tentative and may vary slightly depending on seasons and sky condition.


Rs. 350 /- per person for all participants.

Entry Free for all kids up to age 8 yrs.


Dinner facility is available at extra Rs. 150/- per person ( Veg )

Tea given during the programme is complimentary.


The charges are non-refundable, even if the programme does not take place, because of incidental heavy rains or for any other reason beyond our control.


The entry to the program is STRICTLY by PRE-BOOKING. 



Where to meet ?

Meeting point is Nirman Park Society Gate on platform no. 1 at Neral station. Pick up from Neral station is arranged for the train timing mentioned and is free of cost. All those who join late or wish to live early will have to arrange travel from Neral to site on their own. 

Mini Buses from Saguna Baug will pick up participants reaching by 1804 and 1858 train.Drop back will be after the program ends in the morning. 


Location and How to reach:

Saguna Baag Farm House, Neral (W)

The  site is around 3.5 km from Neral Station. For those coming by train, pick up facility will be available from Neral Station. Ample Car parking space available.The site is having all excellent amenities and is a theme area. For participants to Khagol Mandal Sky Program, entry will be restricted to the premises marked for Sky show. Entry to other area can be requested to the Farm House Owner and will be at extra cost.

The 4.30 pm train on Karjat route from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) will take you to Neral at about 6.04 pm. This is a station next to Selu Station. Towards Platform 2 side is Matheran mountain range while on Platform 1 side is the farm house direction.


Train Timings:

CST- Karjat: 1630 (Dep) : 1804 (Arr)

Thane-Karjat: 1750 (Dep) : 1858 (Arr)

All trains going to Karjat and Khopoli stop at Neral.  



Do I need to register for this program?

Yes. It is mandatory to have a pre-booked invitation for the Special Show.

Who will be the contact person at the site?

Deepak : 9819085757

Is there a dinner facility on site?

Yes, at additional cost. You can book dinner while you book for the program.

 Is there a drinking water facility on site?


Is there a toilet facility on site?


Is there a car parking facility on site?


Is there any age restriction for the attendee?

No. Anyone can join.

Is there a medical facility on site?

No. We have basic first aid kit…but if you have medical issues, then you carry your regular medicines.

Are there mosquitoes on site?

No. The site is open farm house, clean and free from pollution. As such there are no mosquitoes. There might be night insects…if we put on lights. But as sky show needs no light…this is not a problem. Recommended to get Odomos or some repellant on your own.

What are the restrictions on site?

Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited. Drunk participants are assisted to railway station from where they can go home.

Due to growing nuisance and repeated complaints….all mobile devices, laptops, Tablets and all light emitting devices, cameras with flashes will have to be SWITCHED OFF during sky observation.

Do I need to have a telescope or binocular to come to the programme?

No. During this overnight program you will able to see many different objects through telescopes arranged by Khagol Mandal. Some open cluster, Globular cluster, Galaxy, binary star, visible planet. They arrange their KM scopes, personal scopes and all instruments for everyone. You get in queue and see the object.

If you have your own binocular, telescope….do get those with you.

How is the Sky condition on day of program?

Use the following link to view satellite images. These images are updated intervals of normally 6 hours. General thumb-rule is if more water vapor seen in image there is likelihood of cloud formation.

Check the sky on your own…and plan your visit.

What if Sky gets cloudy during program?

We wait and watch!

If sky is clouded to begin with…we wait till 2200 hrs. Then maybe pack up and get back to home.

If the last train is gone, and sky gets cloudy.....then we conduct discussion sessions. Show some slides, astro-movies and keep the show running. Uninterested people can sleep peacefully.

Where do I get train timings?

Check local train timings in time table.  For mobiles...use M-Indicator. Online time table is at

How to reach the programme site by Car?

For Mumbai residents Route is: Route South Mumbai -Fort- Vashi-(Navi Mumbai)-Mahape (Industrial Area)- Kalyan Shil Phata-Badalapur MIDC Road-Vangani- Neral-Neral West- Saguna Baag


Route for Western suburb- up to Andheri - Jogeshwari-Powai link road-Eastern express highway- Vikhroli Mankhurd link road-Vashi-(Navi Mumbai)-Mahape (Industrial Area)- Kalyan Shil Phata-Badalapur MIDC Road-Vangani- Neral-Neral West- Saguna Baag


Route for western suburb beyound Andheri- up to Malad- Arey colony road to Bhandup Sonapur junction- Airoli Flyover- Mahape(Industrial Area)-Kalyan Shil Phata-Badalapur MIDC Road-Vangani- Neral-Neral West- Saguna Baag


Route for western suburb beyond Malad- Borivali-Thane link road-Kalawa-old Agra road-Mumbra- Mahape Junction-Kalyan Shil Phata-Badalapur MIDC Road-Vangani- Neral-Neral West- Saguna Baag


Payment Details :

To Confirm your registration please deposit Rs. 350 /-(non Refundable) in the following.(Please specify your name or those who transfer on behalf of you & trek/Activity/Tour name-mandatory in SMS).

Account No: 00021140008004

Name: Deepak P Jat.

Bank: HDFC Bank

Type: Saving 

IFSC code: HDFC0000002

Branch: Khar West, Mumbai


After transaction plz do What's app to Deepak: 9819085757


Things To Be carried:

Identity proof (must)

You should carry your Dinner

Some ready to eat Snacks

Recommended to get Odomos or some repellent

Mattress / chatai for seating on open ground

Sweaters, hand gloves, head scarf / muffler, Water bottle

Your personal Medicine

Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

Note: Please note that we are not able to provide any of the above things at the site.


Please read "Rules & Regulations" before registration for any events.

For Registrations call Team WSR:

Deepak : 9819085757 / 9699648235

Yamini: 9920013023 / 7303055000

Amit: 9819070304

Amod: 9619735268

Harshal: 9173664008


About Registration:

>> Registration will be done strictly on ‘First Come First Serve Basis’.

>> Bike Rides/Trekking/Camping is an adventurous activity. Every participant will sign a ‘Risk Form’. This form states that the participant is participating the Ride / trek / camp at own risk.

>> No refund or transfer of fees shall be made in any case.

For Registration Visit :


Important Points to keep in mind:

1 The leader's decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.

2 Participants or Members are responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.

3 Please do not wear any jewellry.

4 Please do not litter, we believe in the saying, Wherever you go, leave only your footprints and take back only memories.

5 Alcohol is strictly prohibited on the Any events. Anyone found in possession of the same or consuming it will be expelled from the event. NO REFUND will be provided.


Medical Disclaimer: 

It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for riding. While planning your riding trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done. If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc should seek their physicians advice before coming.




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