As I descended from the flight of steps of the Dilkusha Kothi, my parting thoughts was those of my fertile imaginations of the splendor that the Kothi may have seen in its heydays. My local rental car awaited me and I proceeded to the next sightseeing spot, Indira Gandhi Planetarium Lucknow. A city like Lucknow has modern architectural marvels too like the Planetarium was indeed very heartening. As the need of the hour, the premise has been built for the purpose of popularizing sciences and astronomy. Children and adults alike, all could learn so much about stars and planets through the centre. It also has an amateur club which felicitates student participation in celestial and astronomical informational projects. There are various quizzes, competition and exhibitions held in the Planetarium premise from time to time. This helps in enriching the knowledge of both the students and people who have a great amount of intrigue in celestial facts.
Built exactly like the planet Saturn, the outside area of the Planetarium is landscaped beautifully through plants and fountains. This man made construction compels you to stand and stare at least once. The unique and exceptional five Saturn rings can be seen just as we know Saturn has. It was opened for public on the 9th of May 2003 and had been inaugurated by Mayawati, the then Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. There are various shows too which piqué curiosities of the children who frequent the place as a part of their school excursions and also during the summer holidays. I took tickets of the show and entered to give the child in me a treat. During the show duration, I listened and watched in rapt attention and gathered a great amount of information about some of the cosmos facts that had eluded me so far.
Indira Gandhi Planetarium is a hub of knowledge and interesting exhibits. A trip to the precinct is a must if you want to fuel the knowledge of your young children. Some of the complex astronomical delights have been explained in such condensed and distilled forms that it is pure delight. The next day, Bara Imambara had to be struck off my list and I could not wait.