How to visit Space Research Center at SHAR, Sriharikota

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How to visit Space Research Center at SHAR, Sriharikota

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. However, the 2 visits can not be combined together. You can get permission to visit SHAR, ISRO only under 2 conditions:

  1. If you belong to a school/ college; you can go for a field trip with your teachers.
  2. If you know someone working in SHAR/ ISRO, they can take you along with visitor pass.

In both the 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. If you are want to visit SHAR through your school or college, here is the procedure: 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>

2.  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.

3. Submit the required details through email or FAX. 4. 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 🙂      

23 Comments

  1. SIR
    I AM WORKING AS A SCIENTIST IN AMD/DAE WANT TO VISIT SHAR DURING THIRD WEEK OF AUGUST-2018
    WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO FOLLOW TO VIST SHAR

    CAN U PLEASE REPLY

    1. Hi Surya,

      I am only a blogger who has mentioned how to visit SHAR. You need to follow the steps mentioned in this post to get permission.

      All the best,
      Priyanka

  2. if i send them the mail today, when will they call me to visit? after how many days approximately?

    1. Hi Kirti,

      You need a send a mail with your preferred date and they will let you know if you can visit then. I hope you are sending the mail through your school/college principal.

      Hope this helps!
      Priyanka

    1. Hi Abeed,

      Yes, as long as you are an Indian citizen studying in an Indian college; you can visit Sriharikota with permission letter.

      Hope you have a good trip:)
      Priyanka

    1. Hi Sathish,

      You can visit Satish Dhawan Space Research Center in Sriharikota if you are a student. You can write to Mr.Gopikrishna on ppo@shar.gov.in and seek permission for the same. A format of the letter is posted in the blog.

      Hope it helps!
      Priyanka

    1. Hi Salwa,

      I am sorry for the late reply, I was travelling. You will need to call up the space museum phone no. (08623) 226104 and get the email ID on which you can send the request mail.

      Hope it helps!
      Thanks,
      Priyanka

      1. Hi Salwa,

        The email ID mentioned (ppo@shar.gov.in) is correct. I checked with the authorities and mails are being received on this ID. Maybe there was some temporary issue with the same.

        Thanks,
        Priyanka

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