Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jantar Mantar

The Jantar Mantar monument is in Jaipur, It is royal observatory built by Rajput king Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, and completed in 1734 CE. The king also built Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, Varanasi, Mathura, and Ujjain. It consists of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments for measuring time, predicting solar & lunar eclipses, ascertaining the declinations of planets, tracking locations of major stars as the earth moves around the sun, and determining the celestial altitudes and related ephemerides. It also features the world’s largest stone sundial. It has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been one of the most prominent and sought after tourist attractions on Jaipur sightseeing tour in Rajasthan, India.

Interesting Facts :-

1) Jantar Mantar Jaipur is located in the Old City, between the City Palace and Hawa Mahal
2) Jantar Mantar is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list
3) Jantar means “instrument” and mantar means “formula” or “calculation”, hence Jantar Mantar collectively means ‘calculation instrument’
4) Jantar Mantar Jaipur is one of five observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, including one in Delhi
5) Jantar Mantar Jaipur is modelled on the observatory in Delhi
6) The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of the five observatories
7) There are fourteen architectural astronomical instruments at Jantar Mantar Jaipur
8) Jantar Mantar Jaipur can be entered on a composite ticket which includes entry into Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Albert Hall Museum over two days
9) Audio guides in various languages are available at Jantar Mantar Jaipur for an additional fee
10) Jantar Mantar Jaipur is best visited in the afternoon for best effect

Best Season: October - February