Jantar Mantar

#14 of 18 things to do in Jaipur

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734. It has the world's largest sundial. There are very few places in the world which can attract all- tourists, history buffs and science buffs, but interestingly, Jantar Mantar belongs to that one rare class of monuments. Generally, when all kinds of astronomical instruments are rather microscopic, here it is exactly the opposite, all the instruments are rather gigantic in size and their results can be observed and read even by naked eyes! And what is wonderful is that, the technology it uses can never get out-dated and this it still works fine. It actually gives all its calculations based on sun's positions through various times of the day all along the year, thus the results can never really go wrong.

Located just near the City Palace and Hawa Mahal, it can be located from both the places. It lies on the foothills of the Amber city and thus the Nahargarh fort can be seen from Jantar Mantar itself. 

The calculation includes a lot of logic and science. The monument features instruments operating in each of the three main classical celestial coordinate systems: the horizon-zenith local system, the equatorial system and the ecliptic system. The 'Kapala Yantraprakara' is one that works in two systems and allows transformation of the coordinates directly from one system to the other.

Timings: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Entry Fees: 

Indians: INR 40, 
Students : INR 15, 
Foreigners: INR 200

 

 

Jantar Mantar Photos

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