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How to visit Space Research Center at SHAR, Sriharikota

Visit to SHAR, Sriharikota

This post was last updated on 22nd April 2019

Satish Dhawan Space center in Sriharikota is one of the 2 rocket launch centers in India. This state of the art facility is maintained by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and is the main base for India’s space flight programs. The space station is open to visitors but the facility tour is limited to assembly buildings, launch pads, launch pedestals, mission control and launch control centers (MCC and LCC) and the space museum. This is worth the visit to admire and appreciate the efforts made by India in the space research. You can visit Sriharikota to watch a rocket launch live too, but the facilities at SHAR are closed for visitors at that time due to security reasons. If you would like to watch a launch, you can read my blog on How to watch a rocket launch in Sriharikota, India or How to register for Chandrayaan-2 launch.

Who can visit SHAR at Sriharikota?

  1. School/ Colleges: If you belong to a school/ college; you can go for a field trip with your teachers.
  2. Guest of an employee: If you know someone working in SHAR/ ISRO, they can take you along with visitor pass.
  3. Indian nationals registering for rocket launch: Indian nationals can now register on the SHAR website to witness rocket launches from a viewing gallery. Registration can be done on their website https://www.shar.gov.in/VSCREGISTRATION/index.jsp a few days before launch.

In first 2 cases, someone from SHAR will be assigned to give you a tour of the facility. Under any circumstances, one is not allowed to visit SHAR unaccompanied. The facility is well guarded by CISF and there are more than 12 watch towers for security reasons.

Procedure to visit SHAR through school or college

School or college students who want to visit SHAR need to follow these steps:

  1. Request your principal to send a mail to SHAR
  2. Get a confirmation from SHAR and list of required documents
  3. Submit the required details through email or FAX
  4. On the date of your visit, reach 30 min before your scheduled time
  1. Request your principal to send a mail to ppo@shar.gov.in mentioning the school would want to go for a trip to SHAR, ISRO. If you are an individual, you can get a permission letter from the principal and attach it along with your mail. A sample of both letters is attached here: Permission letter to visit SHAR, Satish Dhawan Space Museum, Sriharikota- School Trip Permission letter to visit SHAR, Satish Dhawan Space Museum, Sriharikota- Individual Student The mail would be in the lines of:

To,

Mr.Gopikrishna,

Head, Public Outreach and Space Museum,

Satish Dhawan Space Center, SHAR

Sriharikota – 524124

Date:

Dear Sir,

Subject: Permission to visit Space Museum and facilities at SHAR

<School/ College Name> located at <Address, City> would like to visit Space Museum and the other facilities at Satish Dhawan Space Center for an educational tour. I believe that visiting a facility like SHAR would inspire them in science and the experience will stay with them through their life.

We would like to visit on <Date>. If this date is not feasible, please suggest an alternate date in the same week.

Your cooperation in this regard is solicited.

With Regards,

(<Principal Name>)

<School/ College>

  1. You will get a reply from SHAR detailing the date, time of reporting and other details for the visit. You will be required to submit details of every person visiting SHAR (including bus crew, teachers). Details should include name, age, father’s name, address and contact no. Visit to Space Museum SHAR, Sriharikota – Guidelines Some of the main points in this are:
  • Only Indian nationals are allowed inside ISRO premises. So if the school/ college has international students, please ensure you do not take them along.
  • Photography is strictly prohibited: For obvious security reasons, camera, camcorders, recorders, phones etc are not allowed inside the SHAR premises. You can deposit them at the main gate with the security and get a acknowledgment token.
  • You will need to have your own vehicle. The facility is huge and one needs a vehicle to go around. You will need to keep one seat for the tour guide who will accompany you.
  • SHAR being in the forest area has a threat of honeybees. Do not plan to wear bright/highly colorful dresses, deodorants /Body Sprays/perfumes etc.
  1. Submit the required details through email or FAX.

  2. On the date of your visit, reach 30 min before your scheduled time because everyone will need to get an entry permit. Also, you will have to arrange your own food/ snacks depending on the time of your visit. You can go to Sullurupeta after the visit for lunch/ dinner. The tour usually lasts for 3 hours. Though the Sullurpeta town does not have many touristy activities, you can plan your visit around Jan/ Feb when tourism department hosts a Flamingo Festival in the Pulicat lake which surrounds the facility. Viewing towers are constructed and boating is arranged for visitors to view the migratory birds who flock in thousands during this time. If you have been to Space Research Center and would like to share your experience, do post a comment and let us know 🙂

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View Comments (78)

  • Hello ma'am
    I'm Aayushi
    We are thinking about visit ISRO as group of friends not from educational institution ... Can we ?

  • Hi Priyanka,

    This is Vivek from Bangalore, we want to visit the center as a family.
    Is it allowed as per your info, and is the procedure same?

    • Not sure. General public was only allowed for the launch in any case. You need to get in touch with someone at IISC/SHAR who can help you get visitor's pass to visit inside. I am not sure if they are doing that now in COVID times.

  • is Mr.Gopikrishna, the head of, Public Outreach and Space Museum,...????
    or whom should we email in alternative..what is the email of the public outreach office??

  • Already send the letter to visit SHAR in one month ago .As a reminder today also I send a letter . But no reply from your side. Pls help me.

  • Dear Mam,
    We are from Hyderabad. we are from Spring Dale's High School.On 28th October 2019 We sent you a mail to visit SHAR but we didn't receive any reply from you. Please check our mail and reply as early as possible.

    Thanking You
    Spring Dale's High School.
    9246364021 / 9849096125

    • Hi,
      I am not fro SHAR. Please contact them directly, I have mentioned their website in the blog where you can check their contact details. I do not have any connections there.

      Regards,
      Priyanka

  • We are from Warangal. Our school name is Maatrusri High School. Our childrens want to visit SHAR. so pls help me what is process to visit.
    Thanking you
    Madhu
    7093625012

  • Hi Mam,
    We already sent requisition letter. In that we wrongly mention the date of 20.12.2019 instead of 13.12.2019, so please help us to clear the problem.

  • Dear mam,

    Thanks for the details. I am from Chennai. My son and daughter are studying in class 7 and class 3.

    I want to take them to visit SHAR, Sriharikota during november, 2019.

    Can I take them directly? What are the procedures to be followed?

    Please guide me.

    Regards,

    Srinivasan V

    • Hello Mr.Srinivasan,

      SHAR does not allow family visits. Your kids can visit only through educational school trips; or if you have some personal contact in ISRO who can arrange it for you.

      Hope this helps,
      Priyanka

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