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Jantar Mantar, Jaipur: 51 reviews and 117 photos
The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the largest of five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1733 with the others being in Delhi, Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi. A keen astronomer himself, Jai Singh kept abreast of the latest astronomical studies in the world and was most inspired by the work of Mirza Ulugh Beg, the astronomer-king of Samarkand. The observatory has been described as "the most realistic and logical landscape in stone", its 16 instruments resembling a giant sculptural composition. Some of the instruments are still used to forecast how hot the summer months will be, the expected date of arrival, duration and intensity of the monsoon and the possiblity of floods and famine. Others calculate the time of day, the altitudes of heavenly bodies, and positions of constellations. Thoroughly restored in 1901, the Jantar Mantar was declared a national monument in 1948. More photo's can be found in one of my travelogues.
Open: 9am-4.30pm. Admission: Rs10 for all. Camera is Rs50 for foreigners.
Phone: +91 14 1261 0494
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