The astronomical observatory was established in Nainital in the year 1955. The observatory is currently located on Manora peak, about a km distance from Hanumangarthi by foot. A center for astronomical studies, artificial satellites can be tracked in the observatory.
One has to travel a short distance of 9 kms from Nainital to reach the Astronomical Observatory. The observatory was established with a view of conducting astrophysical research and developing facilities to continue the same. Research has been going on in stellar, solar and theoretical streams of astrophysics. With prior permission, visitors can get access to the observatory and also experience the pleasure of viewing celestial objects through the telescope, provided the nights are clear enough!