Sukhadia Circle (Square) is a popular recreational centre in Udaipur in Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a large roundabout in the city’s northern suburb of Panchwati, on the road to Ranakpur and Mt. Abu. It providing options for fast food centers, camel and horse rides, boat ride and kids play zone areas.
Sukhadia Circle is a small pond, at enter of which lies lies a 21 ft high three-tiered fountain. The fountain is made of white marble, and is shaped like a wheat-ear motif, which stands as a symbol of prosperity. The pond offers boat ride, and options for camel and horse ride around the Sukhadia Circle are also available. It is also surrounded by many pleasant gardens and food joints, and kids play-zone areas around it.
It is situated at city’s northern suburb of Panchwati, which is around 4.6 km from Udaipur City railway station. Visitors can take auto-rickshaws and taxis to reach Sukhadia Circle. There is no visiting fee for the fountain, while boat-ride and other rides has nominal charges.
Udaipur Solar Observatory
The Udaipur Solar Observatory (USO) is in Udaipur, Rajasthan in India on an island in the Fateh Sagar Lake. The sky conditions at Udaipur are quite favourable for solar observations. Since the observatory is situated amidst a large mass of water, air turbulence which occurs due to ground heating by sun’s rays is decreased. This improves the image quality and accuracy (average between 1-2 arc seconds).
The observatory was built in 1976 by Dr. Arvind Bhatnagar following the model of the Solar Observatory at Big Bear lake in Southern California. Later, he was joined by Dr. Ashok Ambastha in 1983 and subsequently by many others at different stages who have continued further contributing to the growth of this observatory.
Utilizing a variety of telescopes, USO is known for its solar observations, which include high-resolution solar chromospheric, magnetic field, velocity, and spectral observations, for studies pertaining to solar flares, mass ejections, and the evolution of solar active regions. USO fills the large longitudinal gap between Australia and Spain, and provides a link for continuous solar coverage in international collaborative programs, including the Global Oscillations Network Group (GONG). Since 1981, USO has been managed by the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, for the Department of Space, Government of India.
Multi Application Solar Telescope (MAST)
The Multi Application Solar Telescope (MAST) was operationalised on June 16, 2015. MAST is an off-axis Gregorian-Coude telescope with a 50 cm aperture to be used to study the Sun’s magnetic field.