General Information

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The Symposium is sponsored by:

International Astronomical Union (IAU)

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (TIFR)

Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore (IIA)

Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi (INSA).

Conference Location

The Symposium will be held in a Hotel Complex (a Resort) on the banks of river Ganga in rural West Bengal, an eastern state of India (address and map provided on Accommodation and Travel Guide pages respectively). The nearest metropolitan city Kolkata (Calcutta) is about 3-4 hrs by car. The town of Diamond Harbour is about 30 minutes away by car. All delegates will be staying in the same Hotel complex and there is no other convenient place to stay or eat nearby. 

Local transportation

The Hotel complex is small enough so that the Conference hall is within walking distance or can be covered by Golf-cart like transport from the rooms.

Transportation from the airport/railway station to "Raichak on Ganges" complex will be provided by the organizers on specific days prior to and at the end of the conference. On other days, delegates can request the Hotel for transport (subject to availability and at separate costs to the delegates).

Foreign Exchange

There is no banking facility at the Hotel at Raichak. Nearest ATM machine too is in another town. If you require Indian Rupees, please convert your foreign currencies at Calcutta airport. Transportation provided from the airport will directly go to Raichak without stopping at the city.


Delegates and their accompanied persons who are not Indian citizens will need an Indian visa prior to arrival in India. Please see the Visa page on the website.

Special needs

If you require special medications on a regular basis please bring them along with you, as the nearest pharmacies will be at some distance away in Diamond Harbour. The nearest Hospitals are in Calcutta.

Limited Childcare facilities may be available in the Hotel complex on prior arrangement and separate payment. You are advised to correspond with the Hotel for these needs.

Electrical supply

Electrical supply in India is 220 Volts AC. 

Excursion and Cultural Program

The organizers are looking into the arrangements of a cultural program (e.g. Classical Indian dance) on one evening.

 Weather and clothing

See the Travel Guide button on the Website menu.

Please mail your conference related queries to:

iau296 @ tifr. res. in